02:11 PM on 03/24/09
I loved and defended Zwan, and I loved and defended the reunion and Zeitgeist - because although James and D'arcy were essentially studio musicians, Jimmy was a core part of the sound.
This is my favorite band of all time, and it kills me to say it, but without Jimmy it is NOT the Smashing Pumpkins. Billy has the right to call it what he wants, but it's the Billy Corgan solo project to me now. Nothing more, nothing less. Jimmy's drumming style is too big a part of what makes a Billy Corgan song become a Pumpkins song.