With them getting three quarters of the band back together to tour tracks from their first five albums, Smashing Pumpkins also reunited some pals from their past – the two little girls on the cover of Siamese Dream.
The pair – Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts – donned their butterfly wings (sans bullets, thankfully) to more-or-less recreate the cover snap, as seen below in a heartfelt Instagram post from head Pumpkin smasher Billy Corgan.
Meanwhile, as well as planning an extensive US tour, the line-up of Corgan, Iha, Chamberlin and recent addition Jeff Schroeder have recorded a new, as yet undetailed album with producer Rick Rubin.
"On such a special day in SP history, I want to take a moment to thank Ali and LySandra, who you might know were the little girls that I stood by and watched have their picture taken some 23 years ago (on what was a perfect LA afternoon). Never realizing that this moment in time would forever tie us, and go on to become such an iconic image in rock history. What's amazing is their chemistry with one another still leaps through the camera to this day and yet if memory serves they'd never met before that Siamese shoot. Which tells me their coming together, and the beauty that Melodie's shot captures, of youth and innocence, was meant to be SP's own, personal lucky star. So thank you thank you thank you Ali and LySandra, we adore you, and having you be a part of today's launch brings tears to my eyes. For life goes fast, and I can still see you in my mind's eye wearing crisp white dresses in a stranger's backyard, looking like little Mother Mary's, smiling and laughing into the sun." – @williampcorgan ?: @hellomikeamico
There was something about that wonderful, grungy era and kids with, of course, Nirvana using a very young lad on the cover of their 1991 breakthrough smasheroonie Nevermind. His name was Spencer Elden and, after having absolutely no say in the original shoot, he was good enough to front for a 2oth anniversary recreation of the cover, and again for a 25th… and likely onwards into the future. Here he is, mercifully with shorts on this time…