Smashing Pumpkins: Who should be their new drummer?

Billycorganpumpkins_lFollowing the surprise news that longtime drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was leaving the "band," Billy Corgan yesterday announced he’ll be auditioning new drummers starting April 10. Good luck with that. But in order to save him a lot of time and effort, may we humbly suggest a few other options?

Former Modest Mouse drummer Benjamin Weikel
Quirky, musical drummer who’d bring something totally different to the band.

Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy
Admit it: the Pumpkins have always been pretty proggy. Maybe it’s time Billy gave in to those impulses and joined forces with this neo-prog thumper.

Secret Machines’ Josh Garza
Sounds like John Bonham.

Silversun Pickups’ Christopher Guanlao
It worked for Journey and Judas Priest. Why not hire the drummer from this Pumpkins tribute act? (Okay, technically they write their own songs. But still.)

Ruins’ Yoshida Tatsuya
This Japanese avant-drumming monster would certainly shake up Corgan’s sound. Added bonus: may not speak English, boding well for intra-band relations. 

SNL‘s Fred Armisen
Former drummer for heavy Chicago band Trenchmouth. Might be able to work connections to score a plum Saturday-night TV booking. Would also bring some much-needed laughs to the proceedings.

A drum machine
Steady time keeper. Easy to get along with. Doesn’t take up much room on the bus. Won’t blab to the media.

But those are just our picks. Who would you like to see as the next Pumpkins drummer? Weigh in below.

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  • Chongo

    Wow, Rob Brunner knows what he is talking about. That is refreshing change of pace coming from’s bloggosphere.

  • Ohn doogan

    Barrimore Barlow

  • Tim

    I can’t believe anybody still cares about Smashing Pumpkins. I figured d-bag Corgan had squandered whatever goodwill had remained from the ’90s.

  • xander


  • dries

    ZACH HILL could be cool!

  • Fred Garvin

    Stephen Perkins :the SPs were very derivative of Jane’s Addiction, especially on Gish, so it’d make sense to get THE DRUMMER.

  • JLew

    dave abbruzzese

  • Andrew

    I’m going for Paul McKenna, he’s got a fair few covers of Pumpkins songs up on youtube and a fair few videos of himself playing and from what I’ve seen him do. He can handle the pumpkins and is able to play himself very well. If Corgan wants to go for someone a little more well known, then Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta could be a total shout. And yeah sure there are still plenty of people who care about the Pumpkins. Just cause they ain’t as big as they were doesn’t mean no one cares about them anymore.

  • ichorwhip

    Hey should get Kirsten Dunst and change the name of the band to the Smashing Pumptwins.

  • cookie

    TUCKER RULE from the band thursday



  • AleX

    Caleb from the becoming

  • dana

    i would love to try out for this band. of course that may be the only thing that happens, but it would be a dream.

  • Quaristice

    Are you kidding me? Like Mike Portnoy would leave Dream Theater for Smashing Pumpkins. At least DT has put out good music in the last ten years.

  • evony

    where is the auditions going to be ?

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