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Billy Corgan smashes John Mayer, describes a career burnout in progress

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan knows about dropping out of the limelight, or as he says it, how to “burn” down a career. The 1990s superstar faded from view in recent years, coincidentally just as “Gravity” singer John Mayer was seeing his own career gain steam.Billy Corgan

Now, in light of Mayer’s recent misstep in his Playboy magazine interview, Corgan is warning that his fellow rock singer is on a bad path.

“He’s trying to destroy his career,” Corgan tells Rolling Stone, in an outtake posted on Thursday from an interview profile the magazine ran this month.

“Rather than take a year off or change his musical direction … some part of it is irritating his soul to the point where he’s trying to blow it up,” Corgan told the magazine. “Certainly a talented guy, but empathetically, standing on the sidelines, it’s hard to watch someone literally burn their career to the ground — speaking as somebody who’s done it.”

Smashing Pumpkins get new drummer in audition

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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.

Smashing Pumpkins to hold auditions for new drummer

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(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.    

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