On June 21, 2005, the day of the release of Billy's solo album, TheFutureEmbrace,
he took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune, which included the following
For a year now I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep.
But now I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to
renew and revive The Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs,
and my dreams. In this desire I feel I have come home again.
In December 2005, he started alluding to a big surprise on his myspace account,
and on April 21, 2006, www.smashingpumpkins.com became active again, with only
the following text and a link to join a mailing list:
It's official, The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their
upcoming album, their first since 2000. No release date has yet been set,
but the band plans to begin recording this summer.
The re-formed band included Billy and Jimmy, plus new members Jeff Schroeder
(guitar) and Ginger Reyes (bass). Keyboardist Lisa Harriton also joined them
on tour. The first new album, Zeitgeist, was released on July 7, 2007
(07/07/07). They launched a festival tour starting in Europe, followed
by a series of "residency" shows in Asheville, NC and San Francisco, CA.
In 2009, Ginger, Lisa and Jimmy all left the band. The lineup now includes
Billy and Jeff on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino on bass, and Mike Byrne on drums.