Music News: Smashing Pumpkins Back in the studio sans drummer
Billy Corgan declared Friday (March 20) that he is heading into the studio to record a new Smashing Pumpkins CD without any of his founding bandmates.
Jimmy Chamberlin, the group’s original drummer and the only original Pumpkin to play with on its recent 20th anniversary “reunion” tour, “has left the group” according to a sour statement released on the band’s website (http://www.smashingpumpkins.com).
The statement said, “The SMASHING PUMPKINS’ guitarist, singer, songwriter and original founding member Billy Corgan has declared that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the band. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.”
The band showed signs of contension at its most recent shows, with Corgan brutally insulting the audience and individual fans from the stage. “Yes, the circus is back on the road,” Corgan told a crowd in New York in November. “Just when you thought drama was so ’90s.”
By David J. Prince David J. Prince – Sat Mar 21, 4:56 am ET