A Brief History
The Smashing Pumpkins has included many musicians amongst its membership, but currently consists of founder Billy Corgan (vocals and guitar), Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar), Mike Byrne (drums and percussion) and Nicole Fiorentino (bass guitar and backing vocals. The band was formed in 1988 by Billy Corgan, the only remaining member from the original lineup.
Previous members of the Pumpkins included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar and backing vocals), James Iha (guitar and backing vocals), Jimmy Chamberlin (drums and percussion), and Melissa Auf der Maur (bass guitar).
The Smashing Pumpkins' music varies greatly, containing elements of a myriad of genres including gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, arena rock and electronica. The main songwriter of the band is Billy Corgan.
Corgan formed the band when he met James Iha whilst working in a record store. They wrote songs together before Corgan met D'arcy Wretzky and they began working as a trio. Corgan's friend Bob English had coined the name "Smashing Pumpkins". The group had been playing with a drum machine before drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined the band. Their first album Gish was released in 1991, which became fairly successful. Even though the band members experienced some hardships, they were named "the next Nirvana" and "the next Pearl Jam" close to the release of their second album Siamese Dream.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released in 1995 and went nine times platinum. The group toured shortly after its release, but Chamberlin had been fired after being arrested for drug possession. D'arcy Wretzky announced her departure from the band and was replaced by Melissa Auf der Maur (bassist from the band Hole).
The band disbanded in 2000. Corgan announced the reunion of the band in 2005-2006. Iha, Wretzky and Auf der Maur did not take part. After the release of Zeitgeist, recorded by Corgan and Chamberlin, a new lineup was formed with Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Pooley, who toured through 2007 and 2008 including keyboardist Lisa Harriton.
Harriton left in 2009, while Pooley left in 2010. Chamberlin also left the group and has been replaced by Mike Byrne. Pooley was temporarily replaced by Mark Tulin before Nicole Fiorentino became her official replacement.
Corgan, Byrne, and a rotating lineup of other musicians are currently recording the 44-song Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which has been released, a song at a time, since late 2009.
Former Touring Musicians
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