Smashing Pumpkins original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin to rejoin band for summer tour
For years, Smashing Pumpkins have essentially been Billy Corgan and a rotating cast of supporting musicians. That’ll change for the band’s upcoming co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson, Corgan announced Wednesday. Original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will rejoin the band for the End Times tour, which kicks off July 7 in Concord, California and concludes Aug. 8 in Cincinnati.
“We’re thrilled Jimmy’s back in the saddle this summer to drive a super high-octane set,” Corgan said in a press release. “It’s nice to see the stars aligning around Smashing Pumpkins anew.”
Chamberlin’s career has included two stints with the Smashing Pumpkins. He played with the band from its formation in 1988 through 2000, then rejoined the group from 2005 to 2009. Along with guitarist James Iha, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky and Corgan himself, Chamberlin formed the core lineup that recorded classic albums including 1993’s Siamese Dream and 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Although Iha and Wretzky left the band around the same time as Chamberlin, they have not participated in subsequent reunions.
Outside of the Smashing Pumpkins, Chamberlin has formed two other bands, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex and Skysaw. Between his two stints with the Pumpkins, Chamberlin also launched the supergroup Zwan with Corgan, Slint bassist David Pajo and Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney. The drummer is also the CEO of digital and streaming entertainment company LiveOne Inc.
Corgan won’t only bury the hatchet with Chamberlin on the End Times tour. Following a reconciliation faciliated by Courtney Love, Corgan and co-headliner Marilyn Manson gave a colorful press conference in May promising a promising a fun-filled tour.