Corgan: Hiya, thought you might want an update. We’ve got 13 demos so far (not sure if I will write anymore?). Work has gone really well, sounds fresh and just us being us with big drums and guitars but also the music sounds fun in a way it hasn’t sounded for a long time. So it’s a nice balance of today and the Soundworks days of just going for it. We start with [producer Rick] Rubin next Tuesday. Will be interesting to see what song of the top one’s he likes. And so you hear it from me, we want you involved in the tour however you’d like to be involved. I think it will mean A LOT to fans if you are up onstage every night. And even if you can’t play due to your shoulder stuff you can certainly sing daydream and participate in other ways. Our perspective is we want this to be minimal stress and maximum fun for you. Certainly that is our approach and it’s working! So you just have to let us know how you want to be involved. Because I certainly want to represent your position properly and of course create some opportunities where you can be interviewed to explain your position in your own words cause the second we announce people are gonna ask and we will tell people what I’ve told you as far as the door being open and so on.
Wretzky: I still want to be involved as much as I possibly can. I was really upset I couldn’t come out to L.A. to work w/you guys, & also I really wanted to work with Rick again. I’m w/my mum & I don’t want to be rude to her so I will give you more details probably later today. Thank you for texting me. People have sent me stuff about you guys recording and it’s made me very sad that I can’t be there with you all. [Love] D*
Corgan: Well so you know, James isn’t here either. It’s me and Jimmy working and guitarist] Jeff [Schroeder] now too. As far as you not being involved, there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome. It’s more about getting on the same page with [the] tour first and then the necessity of the song came up.
Wretzky: I heard that. I’ll ask why later.
Corgan: […] it’s all moment to moment. So James is focused on his stuff which is why he isn’t here. As far as Rubin he’s gonna be involved a little but not the whole thing. So focus on [the] tour and I think we can find the right way to have you involved. I know speaking with Jimmy, he wants you involved so that the tour is the best thing we can all give the fans, and build for the future.
Wretzky: I should be completely healed in 4-6 weeks. I want to be involved in everything.
Corgan: We understand your enthusiasm. But we also have to balance the forces at play. I know you don’t agree, nor do you have to. This is a big tour with maximum pressure. And there is no room for error. We blow this, meaning me James Jimmy Jeff band is toast […] All good. Things are really peaceful and the music sound great. So just know we want you on tour but don’t want to create this impression where because someone half pays attention thinks you you will be onstage every moment blah blah blah. That way if we say you are gonna participate you can ease your way back in with zero pressure. Yes, there will always be a crowd but without real backing in an incredibly tough environment to win in I will walk away so it doesn’t matter that there will always be a club full of people wanting to hear old songs. And all I ask is you respect how important this is to get right. Hence the door being open to you being involved when no one has seen you or seen you play. I alone haven’t seen you in 19 years. This setup puts zero pressure on you, all the pressure on us and if you can handle the circumstances and the pressure then the future is bright. If you can’t the door will stay open anyway and the circus will rumble forward.
Corgan: For example [Guns N’ Roses] tour was one of the biggest tours ever and [Steven] Adler (original drummer) would get up and play some songs. Fans loved it and no one complained. If you play 2 songs a night or 7 it’s only gonna be great. As long as vibe is right and people are smiling. But when you need surgery etc. and tour starts soon and you haven’t done a full show much less an arena tour in almost decades now that’s a lot to put on yourself.
Wretzky: I understand.
Corgan: I’ve told Beno [Pumpkins manager David “Beno” Benveniste] repeatedly if she wants to be on tour get her a bus and she can come and go as she pleases (meaning you). And with rehearsals (wherever they are gonna be, hopefully Chicago) same thing. Door is open for you to contribute. But for example, just talked to lighting designer production designer today. Show will be timed to minute and will run same set list every night due to production concerns, massive setlist, and need to be A level Broadway type show. We have to prove to [the] world we can compete at highest level or tour [will] never get out of America.