They’re looking to the future, but haven’t forgotten their past.
The Smashing Pumpkins on Friday released an updated rendition of their Siamese Dream album cover using Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, the now-grown models who donned fairy wings for the 1993 cover as children.
The post came after the band revealed they’re hitting the road for the first time in almost two decades on their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour.
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Back to the future: Models LySandra Roberts (L) and Ali Laenger appeared in a reposed rendition of the Siamese Dream album cover, donning fairy wings as they did on the 1993 cover as children
‘Iconic’: The girls posed on the cover of the band’s sophomore album, which spawned hit singles such as Today and Rocket
The women also appeared in a promotional clip in which they lit ablaze a sculpture of metallic heart enclosing the band’s initials.
Front man Billy Corgan, 50, hailed the pair for their contribution to the record, a step which helped the band take off to become one of the most successful acts of the 1990s.
‘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),’ he wrote. ‘Never realizing that this moment in time would forever tie us, and go on to become such an iconic image in rock history.’
Corgan said that Laenger’s and Roberts’ involvement in the promotional shot for the band’s comeback made him weepy, and called the tandem the band’s ‘personal lucky star.
En fuego: The ladies also donned fairy wings for a promotional clip touting the band’s return
‘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,’ wrote Corgan, who’s been busy as a professional wrestling promoter in recent years prior to announcing his band’s forthcoming 36-city trek.
‘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,’ he said, ‘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.’
Grateful: Front man Billy Corgan thanked the pair for their contribution to the band’s legend
Then and now: Corgan was snapped in 1997 (L) in NY, and 20 years later in 2017 in LA
Corgan on Thursday said that he and original band members – guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin – would team with guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who’s been affiliated with the musical outfit for 11 years, to hit the road for a reunion tour.
D’arcy Wretzky, the group’s initial bassist, has been excluded from the proceedings, and claimed in an interview with the music site Alternative Nation that Corgan’s claim she’d been invited to participate were ‘a complete lie.’
The Shiny and Oh So Bright tour commences July 12 in Arizona.