Published Mar 23, 2009Well, Billy Corgan has officially joined the Axl Rose club. Over the weekend, the fading alt-rock star announced he plans to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album without the only other original band member, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who has now left the group, again.
News of Chamberlin's departure came over the weekend via a brief band statement, which gave no reason as to why the drummer has left the Pumpkins or if the band's recent and very rocky "reunion" tour had anything to do with the split.
The statement reads in full: "The SMASHING PUMPKINS' guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Billy Corgan has announced that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore . Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS, with plans to head into the studio this spring."
There is no word yet on when we can expect to hear the Corgan-only Smashing Pumpkins album, which will be the first not to feature either James Iha, D'Arcy Wretzky or Chamberlin.