I'm usually a very frequent visitor to the smashingpumpkins.com site, but I haven't been to since March 20 Friday afternoon. I go on that site today, and guess what, in my absence from visiting the site, some legit news actually happened:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' BILLY CORGAN ANNOUNCES THE DEPARTURE OF JIMMY CHAMBERLIN FROM THE GROUP
CORGAN SET TO HEAD INTO THE STUDIO TO CREATE NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS MUSIC
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 (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.
The only good piece of news in this blurb is, that Billy plans on releasing more music, hopefully in album format *fingers crossed*. Ever since he said they're done with albums, I was sorta weird-ish about it all. Now what makes me wonder is, it's been a couple of days now, how come there are no new developments? Like, how about the reason why?!? Man, I'm pretty peeved, but at least Billy is doing what he does best, he's soldiering on, and I've always sorta expected this day to come, where Jimmy won't be by his side anymore, just because some of the stuff that Billy says are pretty wonky. At least they aren't going on hiatus, like my other favourite band (Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm talking about you!)
So now when Billy and Jimmy's appear on the Chris Isaak Hour in a pre-taped episode, it's going to be pretty weird, since this was taped back in November of 2008, man will they even show this episode anymore?
Another note of interest, Jimmy's other band, which is aptly named The Jimmy Chamberlain Complex, which has been on hiatus ever since the Pumpkins got back together, there seems to be a test post on their new blog and apparently, JCC just registered for a twitter account, so who knows if the recent activities of JCC are connected to JC leaving SP.
Oh and please, no Kenny Aronoff, that creepy guy with the goggles who replaced Jimmy back on the Adore tour. Wooo, how about Chad Smith from the Peppers? That would be a good way for me to lay back on the Peppers need to get their sh!t together and get back together.
Oh and, where the hell is the media on all of this? Like seriously, are the Smashing Pumpkins so insignificant and or by-gone that something of this magnitude isn't even news-worthy? Or is it because there is a significant amount of information missing from that short blurb that was posted on the Pumpkins website?
Oh and Billy, if you are reading this, or someone from Irving Azoff Management, I played the drums in grade 5 music class, it was a mixed class, grade 5/6 so I'm better than a drummer from a class of straight up grade 5s, because there were grade 6s in that class too. Okay, sweet deal.