Calling All Bassists and Keyboardists: Smashing Pumpkins Are Holding Auditions

Calling All Bassists and Keyboardists: Smashing Pumpkins Are Holding Auditions
How would you like to call Billy Corgan your boss? Sure, he doesn't have the best track record with former employees (see: his rotating cast of backing musicians), but so far his record is clear of lawsuits and death threats. Well, if you'd like to join Billy's ranks, now could be your chance.

According to a statement issued today, Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins are currently in search of a new bassist, as previous four-stringer Ginger Pooley has left the group to focus on her family. After having found 20-year-old drummer Mike Byrne last year via a YouTube clip, Corgan is now conducting open auditions via the Internet. He also looking for a keyboardist who can "play in the prog-rock style of Jon Lord [Deep Purple] and Rick Wakeman [Yes]." If you think you've got the chops, send your resume and a performance clip in to [email protected] or [email protected]

And the best part is that Corgan is an equal opportunity employer. According to his statement, "As you can see from our past and present, age, race, or a person's background is not an issue. Everyone is truly welcome to audition." Of course, it probably won't hurt your chances if you're a cute girl. After all, the former Smashing Pumpkins bassists are D'arcy Wretzky, Melissa Auf der Maur and Ginger Pooley. We can't help but notice that applicants are requested to include their age and a photo along with a video clip.

The deadline for submissions in March 31. In the meantime, Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin will be filling in as an interim bassist. Tulin previously toured with Corgan as part of the supergroup Spirits in the Sky.