Billy Corgan blames James Iha for splitting up the Smashing Pumpkins! From Billy –
The truth of the matter is is that james iha broke up the smashing pumpkins…not me, not jimmy, but james…did it help that d’arcy was fired for being a mean spirited drug addict, who refused to get help? No, that didn’t help keep the band together, not at all…it made it very hard to go on, but we soldier! ed thru it even though our hearts were broken…But d’arcy didn’t break up the band, we didn’t let her…and jimmy didn’t want to break up the band, not at that time…and I would have gone on forever…the smashing pumpkins were essentially my entire life…a dream I still believe in…many friends at that time suggested letting james leave, so jimmy and I could continue on under the name…but I was too loyal to the man I had started the whole thing with, and I protected him until the very end…right up until the last show on dec 2, 2000, when he thanked d’arcy on stage, but not the 2 men standing next to him…and I was loyal until he left the metro without even saying goodbye, or an ‘its been great boys!’, or a simple ‘I love you’ to us…no, james iha left the metro that night without saying goodbye to the 2 people he had won and lost and traveled the world with…so I won’t be protecting him anymore…and I won’t be protecting a whole lot of other people anymore…
I don’t like reading this really, I always think of the Smashing Pumpkins as a happy band – you know, the guys having fun painting on the side of the ice cream van.
I think this picture from Netphoria sums it all up –