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Smashing Pumpkins New Drummer Revealed

12:01 PM Thursday 6/11/09 | |

The Smashing Pumpkins have a brand new beat, brought to you courtesy of the band’s new 19-year-old drummer.

After founding member and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin split with the band in March, leaving frontman Billy Corgan as the only original band member, a press release announced Corgan would continue to write and record as the Smashing Pumpkins.

The Pumpkins’ official Web site then announced it was accepting submissions for recording and touring drummers, with auditions being held in Los Angeles April 14. A week before the auditions, the band noted it had received over 1,000 submissions for the drummer spot.

Last week Corgan posted a blog declaring “I think I have my drummer of the future.”

He added, “I've worked with him so far for one week and all indications are really good that he's the man for the job. Going to work with him some more before it becomes official. Whoever takes the job has quite big shoes to fill, no doubt about it.”

  • Smashing Pumpkins

    Spike TV Scream Awards, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.
    October 18, 2008

    (AP Photo)


Tuesday Pumpkins fans learned a little bit more about the band’s new drummer.

“Speculation has been running rampant across the internet and airwaves today due to a few posts that have appeared online (HipstersUnited.com SP.com) regarding the young drummer Mike Byrne,” the band’s Web site noted in its news section.

“SP.com can finally announce that Billy has been working with young (19) Mike Byrne on demos. Word from the studio is that Mike is an exceptionally talented and gifted drummer and things are going very well. And that is that.”

The Web site referred fans to an article on the site withYouTube videos showing off Byrne’s skills on the skins.

HipsterUnited.com wrote that Byrne is a Berklee College of Music freshman and the drummer for Oregon-based band Moses, Smell the Roses. Two days after Corgan wrote he had found his “drummer of the future,” Byrne posted on his MySpace page that he was “off for another couple weeks at pumpkin camp.” His mood? “Determined.”

The Pumpkins’ site reported that of the 1,000 drummers who submitted applications, Byrne was up against pros like John Dolmayan of System Of a Down and Frank Lenz, who has worked alongside Pumpkins’ guitarist Jeff Schroeder in The Lassie Foundation, as well as with a number of other bands.

In addition to news about the new drummer, Corgan also told fans he was diligently working on new music.

“Still working hard on getting these darn songs together. This past week has been trying to take the best one's and get them ready to record, which means some kind of realized arrangement and lyrics, which requires some teeth pulling and self-flaggelation to get me to say anything at all,” Corgan said.

“I am still on target for putting out new music in October. There certainly is no shortage of ideas to choose from.”

In December Corgan told the Chicago Tribune 2007’s Zeitgeist was the last Pumpkins’ album. In April he clarified the statement, explaining that “I don't think I'm going to make albums in the old-fashioned way, meaning 12-15 songs, etc in one small package.” He then invited fans to sign up for a 12-week subscription service for new music.

Click here for the Smashing Pumpkins’ Web site


  1. mcferglestein wrote:

    10:25 AM, Jun 12, 2009

    I hope the person bashing Pisces Iscariot realizes that half of that album was recorded at the same time as their precious Gish. It's called DIVERSITY. Only a fool would want all of a bands songs to sound the same.

  2. therobertk wrote:

    10:23 AM, Jun 12, 2009

    billy corgan ...will charge u for a subscription service to hear songs no consumer wants to buy anymore...no corperate greedy lable head wants to market anymore...no  AnR guy would ever sign again...no one in there right mind would want to endure his screetchy out of pitch whine in there ear drums any more....but like big tabaaco...get em young and curious...then ruin any prospect of them having good taste ...or playing chords right....he,s schlepping his crap to anyone who will pay...burger king...newport lights...disnyland....the dude is a joke

  3. El Perro wrote:

    05:01 PM, Jun 11, 2009

    *yawn* These guys were lame from the word "go"  I've never understood their appeal.  I saw them a few times as an opening act and in festival settings and they always sounded like a garage-door opener.   Then I saw Zwan a few years back and that was so bad that I literally laughed out loud during their entire set.  It was elevator muzak for Gen X. The common thread here is Corgan.  They guy's just a giant ego with a tiny talent.  And this new band is even more of a joke because he's using the Pumpkins name to generate sales, but it's still just a solo project. Who does he think he is,  Axl Rose? He should call this travesty the Smashing Corgans.  EF HIM.

  4. sugar wrote:

    02:49 PM, Jun 11, 2009

    Gawd, GISH was a great album. They lost me forever after PISCES ISCARIOT.  just plain ol' gibberish.  A perfect example of how bands DEVOLVE after some success.  Great band early on though.

  5. skychotic wrote:

    02:24 PM, Jun 11, 2009

    It's hard for me to bash Corgan since he was responsible for some great music back in the 90s. But now he doesn't seem to have much to offer which is sad. This really isn't even newsworthy IMO. The Smashing Pumpkins no longer exist to me.

  6. boogie down wrote:

    01:19 PM, Jun 11, 2009

    i think they suck...billy corgan and his big fat ego ruined the band...there music and their legacy...now he,s a six foot sellout....with dated ideas....and cheesy licks.who cares how he is going to make albums..he is this generations poster head for greed  selfishness and ego..he should go run a lable...i revoke his artistic credentials...turn in your guitar pick...pleeeeez