Smashing Pumpkins Reunite with James Iha After 16 Years

By Hayden Wright for Radio.com

When the Smashing Pumpkins announced their 2016 North American tour, they promised fans an “electro-acoustic” set with an opener by Liz Phair. Audiences have been treated to covers of songs by David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, to boot. However, fans in Los Angeles had no idea their show Saturday night would make bona fide band history: The Pumpkins welcomed James Iha, former guitarist, to the stage for the first time in 16 years.  Corgan and the crowd also sang “Happy Birthday” to Iha, who turned 48 Saturday.

Related: Smashing Pumpkins Cover Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Hole, on Tour

After the Smashing Pumpkins broke up in 2000, Iha never joined any reformations of the original lineup, despite his contributions to the Pumpkins’ seminal Siamese Dream.

Onstage, Iha lent guitar to “Mayonaise,” “Soma,” “Rocket,” “Today,” “Disarm,” and “Spaceboy,” giving the audience a taste of the band as it was in 1993.

Iha rejoined Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain again Sunday for an encore display of the Pumpkins’ classics, as well as a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie.”

Watch some footage from both sets below.

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