Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan has confirmed that original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will rejoin the band for its co-headlining The End Times summer tour with Marilyn Manson.
On the group’s first acoustic tour, which wraps June 25th in Minneapolis, the band’s configuration does not include a drummer. Corgan told USA Today that he reached out to Chamberlin recently when an arrangement with another drummer fell through.
“We suddenly found ourselves in the situation of not having anybody lined up,” Corgan says. “We knew we could do the acoustic tour with some backing tapes and drum machines, stuff like that, but we’re also looking at the Manson tour in three weeks.”
Chamberlin hasn’t played with band since 2009 and Corgan states it’s been hard to find someone on short notice that could perform Chamberlin’s intricate drum parts that are featured on many of the band’s 90’s hits.
“You can’t just grab somebody and say, ‘Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song,'” he says. “Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”
The 24 date tour kicks off July 7th in Concord, CA and wraps August 9th in Nashville. Chamberlin states that there are currently no other plans with the Pumpkins after the tour as he currently runs LiveOne, a tech company in Chicago.
“Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”
“That’s the only way it works for me,” Chamberlin says. “I’ve got a commitment to LiveOne; that remains my priority right now.”
Corgan also expects the band to have a more fluid lineup going forward. “I want to run a business more like it’s an open door,” he says. “It’s so great, because Jimmy and I are able to engage strictly on the road ahead – what songs are we playing, when do we start rehearsing.”
Once the tour ends, Corgan will head back into the studio almost immediately to start working on the next Pumpkins album that he expects to be released early next year. “We hope to have this next album out at the beginning of next year and a single out by the end of this year,” Corgan says. “So we’re on a really hectic schedule.” The album will feature guitarist Jeff Schroeder, but has not mentioned who will drum on the record.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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