James Iha
Musician (guitarist, producer, writer, singer)
James Iha
(Born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rock musician. He is best known as having been a guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of recent years, most notably being a permanent fixture of A Perfect Circle. He was most recently a member of Tinted Windows, a 1960s/70s inspired group with members of Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson.
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2014 SXSW Music Festival Announces Second Billing
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival has announced the second slate of artists who will be performing at the 28th edition taking place from March 11 through March 16 in Austin, Texas. This billing brings the total number of confirmed acts to over 500, but only encompasses a small portion of what is to come in this year's festival, says Elizabeth Derczo, SXSW publicist. A quick glance reveals standout artists such as electronic music trailblazer Gary Numan, the bluesy strummings of G. Love, electronic rock duo Phantogram, and the lyrically-endowed Talib Kweli. However, SXSW is all about bringing together rising musical acts for six days of well-deserved exposure, so each one of them warrants thorough examination. Give the list a read below, and make sure to check out the first listing of bands here. Achilles (Atlanta GA) Aeges (Los Angeles CA) Air Traffic Controller (Boston MA) Alika & Nueva Alianza (Los Angeles CA) Anushka (Brighton UK-ENGLAND) The Apache Relay ( ...
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Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist sells Edgewater home
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist and co-founder James Iha has sold his four-bedroom, American Foursquare-style house in Edgewater for $545,000.     
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Music Review: James Iha - Look to the Sky
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: James Iha - Look to the Sky Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:56 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 Fourteen years between solo records for former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha is quite a long time, but the man has kept himself quite busy since 1998's Let It Come Down. [...] he has recorded/toured with supergroups like A Perfect Circle and Tinted Windows, and has collaborated with/remixed for the likes of Fountains of Wayne, Ladytron, Isobel Campbell, The Sounds, and Vanessa and the O's, among others. Perhaps unknown to many, he also scored some indie films, including Linda Linda Linda (2005) and co-owns the Stratosphere Sound recording studio in New York City along with Adam Schlesinger (FofW/Ivy) and Andy Chase (Ivy/Brookville/Paco). The track "New Year's Day" is exclusive t ...
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The 16 Most Fashionably Memorable Music Videos Ever - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Billy Corgan as an ice-cream truck driver, D'Arcy and Jimmy Chamberlin as gas-station attendants, and guitarist James Iha as... a sundress-clad woman? Yep, this video made a lasting fashion impression. ​11. Cher, "If I Could Turn Back Time": Released
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Fountains of Wayne is back in top form - Providence Journal
Google News - over 5 years
And then there was Tinted Windows, the 2009 Adam Schlesinger-led supergroup that featured guitarist James Iha, singer Taylor Hanson, and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. That was one of those ideas that sounded a lot better on paper than in the
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Smashing Pumpkins to play Wiltern in October - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
The band - its original lineup of James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and D'Arcy Wretzky now replaced by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino (respectively) - re-emerged in yet
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Eight Stages, 130 Acts, Lollapalooza Packs Them In - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
At the band's core are Mr. Howerdel and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, who weave delicate patterns of single notes and arpeggios that build suspense. In many tunes, drummer Jeff Friedl and bassist Matt McJunkins cleaved a vast opening
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Lollapalooza 2011: Day 1: A Perfect Circle - Time Out Chicago (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Even the silver possum riding atop guitarist (and ex-Pumpkin) James Iha's head didn't distract from the sinewy, two-part close harmony of singers Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide) and Maynard Keenan (Tool) on the ubiquitous, helplessly hopeful number
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Concert review: A Perfect Circle at Kingsbury Hall - Salt Lake City Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
The band—guitarist/keyboardist James Iha, guitarist Billy Howerdel, bassist Matt McJunkins, drummer Jeff Friedl and Keenan, took the stage in a murky purple glow, with the band's logo hanging in the rear of the stage. Keenan, as he is wont to do,
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MUSIC REVIEW; A Desolate Croon That Seethes and Hints at a Band's Next Phase
NYTimes - over 5 years
Maynard James Keenan works in mysterious ways. He juggles three bands: Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, the one he brought to Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday night. He's a frontman who stays out of the spotlight: on a platform separate from the rest of the band, set back on the stage, lighted so that he is just a silhouette. And he tours at
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Perfect Circle exerts sphere of influence - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A Perfect Circle is co-led by guitarist Billy Howerdel, and is fleshed out by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist/keyboardist James Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl. Their set drew heavy on radically revamped covers
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A Perfect Circle & Red Bacteria Vacuum @ the Fox Detroit Review & Photos - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
And also Former guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha on Keyboards & Guitar. The band brought along an all female punk rock group from Japan called Red Bacteria Vacuum. These girls have been around since 1998, and have toured the US many times
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An evening at the Fox with A Perfect Circle - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Band members guitarist/co-founder Billy Howerdel, guitarist James Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins, and drummer Jeff Friedl all had their moments in the spotlight with Howerdel's strong vocals ringing out throughout the evening
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Perfect Circle concert ranges from boring to powerful - Ottawa Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
Up front under the lights were Howerdel and touring guitarist James Iha from the Smashing Pumpkins, and bassist Matt McJunkins. Rounding out the lineup was Jeff Friedl on drums. Maynard the Contrarian didn't want the concert to be shown on the big
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Iha
  • 2016
    Age 47
    On March 26, 2016 Iha rejoined Smashing Pumpkins onstage for several numbers
    More Details Hide Details In 2016 James composed the score for James Franco’s movie “Mother May I Sleep With Danger Solo albums With Smashing Pumpkins With A Perfect Circle With Whiskeytown With Vanessa and the O's With Tinted Windows Soundtrack appearances Guest appearances
    On March 26 and 27 2016 James Iha joined Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin on stage unannounced at back to back Smashing Pumpkins shows at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Iha played a third show with the band in their hometown of Chicago at the Civic Opera house on April 14.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    In 2014 Iha scored the soundtrack to Lionsgate/Hulu series Deadbeat.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    In 2013 Iha collaborated with Japanese musician Yukihiro Takahashi, writing songs for and performing on Takahashi's album Life Anew, and performing as part of Takahashi's band "In Phase" on tours in Japan.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    To begin its promotion, Iha performed at the 2nd EMI ROCKS festival in Saitama, Japan in February 2012, and later in December that year performing a small European tour in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon.
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    Iha's second solo album titled Look to the Sky was released in March 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    In April 2010, the official James Iha Web site reopened.
    More Details Hide Details According to the site, Iha considered his next solo album "halfway done (in his mind)." Shortly thereafter, a picture of James Iha with Kelly Pratt and Jon Natchez from the band Beirut was posted on the Web site saying they would be playing horns on the album. In August 2010, members of A Perfect Circle posted messages to their Twitter accounts telling fans of their return after a 6-year long hiatus. The band later announced tour dates in which they would be playing the entirety of each of their three albums at each concert, with one album being played per night. It was also announced that the line-up would consist of Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Matt McJunkins, and James Iha.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    On February 17, 2009, it was announced that James Iha had, together with Taylor Hanson, Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger, and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos formed a new band called Tinted Windows.
    More Details Hide Details The band played their first publicized gig at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 20. Their first album was released on April 21, 2009 to generally positive reviews.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In May 2008, Marilyn Manson said that Iha would be making a guest appearance on his new record; however, Iha was not credited as a guitarist on the album.
    More Details Hide Details On December 22, 2008, the Swedish band A Camp (the solo project of The Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson) put out a press release announcing that their new album would come out on April 28, 2009, featuring guest appearances by Iha and other musicians.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    Also in 2007, The Smashing Pumpkins reunited without Iha, and Billy Corgan has claimed at various times that this was because Iha had never expressed any interest in rejoining the group.
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    A Chicago weekly reported in June 2007 that Iha had been living in New York City for some time, running a recording studio and independent label.
    More Details Hide Details Iha had lived in Manhattan since 2000 and has since moved to Brooklyn.
    In the spring of 2007, Iha remixed Midnight Movies and The Postmarks as freebies on the Internet.
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    In the spring of 2007, Iha told Rolling Stone magazine that he was writing and recording songs for a second solo album.
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    Iha appeared on stage with Swedish band The Sounds, on the season finale of MTV's Bam's Unholy Union in April 2007 and contributed guitar to the song "Seatbacks and Traytables", on Fountains of Wayne's 2007 album Traffic and Weather.
    More Details Hide Details His former bandmate Melissa Auf der Maur also contributed to that album.
    In April 2007, he recorded a remix for the Midnight Movies track "Patient Eye."
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    In February 2007, Side-Line announced that James Iha delivered a remix for the Ladytron single "Weekend Mixes" out on March 9 via Smoke & Mirrors.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    In 2006 also James Iha recorded a cover of "Judy Is a Punk" by The Ramones for 30th anniversary of a Japanese clothing label Beams.
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    Iha remixed "Me Plus One," a track from Norwegian pop singer Annie's highly successful debut album Anniemal. Released in October 2006, Florida pop group The Postmarks's "Goodbye" EP also features a remix by Iha.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Iha teamed up with Schlesinger to co-produce folk band America's comeback album, Here & Now, and appeared on Scottish singer Isobel Campbell's album, collaborating on her renditions of traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs.
    Also in collaboration with Michael Stipe, Iha played guitar at the "Bring 'Em Back Home Now" concert in March 2006 in New York City to benefit Iraq War veterans peace groups such as Veterans for Peace.
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    In February 2006, a digital EP "In the Sun" produced by Iha featuring Michael Stipe and Chris Martin was released.
    More Details Hide Details The EP was for the benefit of Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song was featured on an episode of Grey's Anatomy.
    Iha produced two tracks on the 2006 tribute album to Serge Gainsbourg, Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, "I love you (me either)," that featured Cat Power and model Karen Elson singing and "L'Hotel" with Michael Stipe on vocals.
    More Details Hide Details Iha also appeared on the track "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in a duets with singer Kazu Makino (of Blonde Redhead) on the US edition of the album.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    Iha scored the Japanese film Linda, Linda, Linda, released in late summer of 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he teamed with Schlesinger again to produce a duet cover of Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" for the soundtrack to the Wayne Wang film Because of Winn-Dixie. The same year Iha contributed guitar to some tracks of Chino Moreno's band Team Sleep second album, which has yet to be released.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    On 2001, Iha played live with The Blank Theory and appeared on their album Beyond the Calm of the Corridor producing the song "Addicted" together with Schlesinger and contributing guitar playing.
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    With the help of longtime friend and manager Isao Izutsu, Iha also started the clothing label Vapor in 2001, and recorded "Never Ever," his first solo song since The Smashing Pumpkins's demise for Vapor's first runway show.
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    More recently, Iha has collaborated on musical and fashion design projects in Japan. He collaborated on and produced two tracks with Japanese musician Chara for her 2001 album Madrigal called "Boku ni Utsushite" and "Skirt."
    More Details Hide Details The latter was accompanied by a music video featuring Iha as a hunter in a forest.
    He continues to contribute to other artists' recordings, such as "Don't Be Sad" on Whiskeytown's Pneumonia released in 2001 and further guest appearances for bands Ivy and Fountains of Wayne, both of which he remained close to, appearing on virtually every release by both bands since 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Andy Chase of Ivy, and Adam Schlesinger of both Ivy and Fountains, appeared on most songs James produced or wrote for other artists. Schlesinger first appeared on Iha's song on "The Bells" by The Smashing Pumpkins. Iha made bigger news when he joined the alternative rock supergroup A Perfect Circle in July 2003 in time for their Thirteenth Step club tour. He has since appeared on their 2004 album eMOTIVe as well as contributed remixes of Blue and Outsider, and is back with the band following its near 6-year long hiatus. In 2003, he joined Vanessa and the O's. The group released an EP Plus Rien in Sweden the same year and followed up with the album La Ballade d'O in 2005–06 on the band's own label RushmoreRecordings playing live shows in Sweden during the summer of 2005.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    After the Pumpkins' breakup in 2000 Iha pursued many projects.
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  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, Iha released a moderately successful solo album, Let It Come Down.
    More Details Hide Details One music video was produced from this album, for the song "Be Strong Now", which was also released as a four-track single. When his former bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin revived the "Smashing Pumpkins" name, James did not participate, and in fact has not spoken to Corgan in years. Corgan stated in a 2008 blog entry that when he and Chamberlin reunited, the "door was open" for Iha to rejoin, but he declined, and Corgan said that he "can now say definitively that Iha isn't ever coming back." However, in a 2012 interview about the band reformation, Iha stated that he was never even asked back into the band in the first place. Iha also admitted within the interview that he hasn't heard any of the band's new music since the reformation. In a March 2013 interview, he was asked about looking back at the band's history and explained that he never really thinks about his former success with the band, but does look back with fondness when asked about the 6 studio albums he made with them during his time with the band. He revealed that he and Billy have not spoken in around ten years, but that he does speak to Wretzky "once in a while".
  • 1992
    Age 23
    Iha later became romantically involved with the band's bassist D'arcy Wretzky, but the couple broke up just prior to the band's performance at the Reading Festival in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details After a brief feud between the two, Iha sustained a friendly and close relationship with Wretzky, citing her as a best friend. Iha wrote and sang a number of Smashing Pumpkins' songs, such as: "Blew Away" on Pisces Iscariot, "Bugg Superstar" on Vieuphoria, "Take Me Down" on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, " Said Sadly", "Believe", "The Boy", and "The Bells" on The Aeroplane Flies High, "Summer" on the "Perfect" single and "Go" on Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. He co-wrote with Billy Corgan "I Am One" on Gish, "Soma" and "Mayonaise" on Siamese Dream, "Plume" on Pisces Iscariot and "Farewell and Goodnight" on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. He also sang the band's covers of The Cure's "A Night Like This" and Syd Barrett's "Terrapin." During his time with the Pumpkins, James also appeared on recordings with other bands, including Ivy, to which Adam Schlesinger also contributes, and Swedish New Wave band The Sounds.
  • 1987
    Age 18
    In 1987 Iha, then playing guitar in the Chicago band Snake Train, met Billy Corgan via a friend.
    More Details Hide Details Corgan had already been telling people he was in a band called "Smashing Pumpkins," and decided to make it a real band with Iha.
  • 1968
    Born on March 26, 1968.
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