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James Iha

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James Yoshinobu Iha (井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a Japanese American rock musician and runway model. He is most famous as the rhythm guitarist in the highly successful alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.

In 1998, Iha released a moderately successful solo album, 'Let it Come Down'. One music video was produced from this album, for the song Be Strong Now, which was also released as a four-track single. Read more on

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Interview: James Iha on solo records, the future of A Perfect Circle…and a little band called The Smashing Pumpkins

March 10th, 2012


You know James Iha as one of the co-founders of the Smashing Pumpkins. Shut up, you do. Don’t try to pretend that you only know him from his time as a member of A Perfect Circle, or his solo albums, or his work remixing songs, or producing albums, or scoring films. You know him from the Smashing Pumpkins.

Still, he’s got a new solo record out, so when we heard he was stopping by in London we forced him to sit down with Hugh Platt and talk about Billy Joel. Just because.

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