Original Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Will Join Band for Summer Tour
Corgan confirmed in a statement that Jimmy Chamberlin, the man behind the kit during the band's original '90s incarnation, will join the band during the tour. "We’re thrilled Jimmy’s back in the saddle this summer to drive a super high-octane set, and it’s nice to see the stars aligning around Smashing Pumpkins anew," he said.
No word on what happened with Robin Diaz, the drummer who was hired just a couple of weeks ago for the tour. Before Diaz, drummer Brad Wilk (formerly of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) was drumming for the Pumpkins.
Chamberlin was a member of the band from its formation in 1988 until 1996 -- when he was fired after an arrest for heroin possession -- as well as during a tour in 1999 and again between 2006 and 2009. He currently runs a company called LiveOne in the band's native Chicago.
Corgan, in an interview with USA Today, said he approached Chamberlin because he needed to quickly find someone who could play the drummer's complicated parts. "You can't just grab somebody and say, 'Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song,'" he told the paper. "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."
Corgan is currently wrapping up an electro-acoustic tour, which doesn't feature a live drummer. (That allows him to mess around with song lists, like he did last week when he played a three minute Gish medley.
Corgan and Chamberlin are both clear that there are no plans to continue the arrangement after the tour wraps up in Cincinnati on Aug. 8. "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?"'
Check out the Smashing Pumpkins' summer tour dates below.
The End Times Summer Tour
July 7: Concord, Calif. -- Concord Pavilion
July 9: Irvine, Calif. -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 10: Las Vegas, Nev. -- The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 11: Phoenix, Az. -- Comerica Theatre
July 13: Morrison, Colo. -- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15: Dallas, Texas -- Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 16: Houston, Texas -- NRG Arena
July 18: San Antonio, Texas -- Freeman Coliseum
July 19: Austin, Texas -- Austin City Limits Live
July 20: New Orleans, La. -- Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
July 22: Miami, Fla. -- Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
July 24: Tampa, Fla. -- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
July 25: Atlanta, Ga. -- Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 26: Raleigh, N.C. -- Red Hat Amphitheater
July 28: Boston, Mass. -- Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 29: Holmdel, N.J. -- PNC Bank Arts Center
July 31: Wantagh, N.Y. -- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 1: Mashantucket, Ct. -- Foxwoods Resort Casino
Aug. 2: Camden, N.J. -- Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 4: Toronto, Ontario -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 5: Clarkston, Mich. -- DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 7: Chicago, Ill. -- FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 8: Cincinnati, Ohio -- Riverbend Music Center
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