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Smashing Pumpkins get new drummer in audition


There’s a new Pumpkin, and his name is Mike Byrne.

The 19-year-old drummer from Oregon won an open competition to join frontman Billy Corgan in a new version of The Smashing Pumpkins, replacing founding member Jimmy Chamberlin. On its website, the band also mentioned plans for an upcoming album.billy-corgan

A statement on the website Monday said that more details on the album will be released in September, and Byrne will play on the record and related tour.

Corgan said the Pumpkins received more than a thousand submissions by drummers wanting to join. Byrne earned his place after he submitted audio material and was invited to Los Angeles to audition in April. Byrne previously played in indie bands from Portland, Oregon.

Chamberlin quit The Pumpkins, a popular 1990s grunge band, in March, and said at the time, “I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, ‘Cash the check’ so to speak.”

Smashing Pumpkins to hold auditions for new drummer


(Writing and reporting by Dean Goodman)

jimmy-chamberlin-billy-corgan1Minor rock ‘n’ roll stardom could be less than two weeks away for one lucky drummer.    

The Smashing Pumpkins are holding auditions in Los Angeles on April 10, seeking a replacement for founding member Jimmy Chamberlin, who quit the resurrected grunge-era mainstays earlier this month.