List of The Smashing Pumpkins band members

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The Smashing Pumpkins perform on a brightly lit stage with a large metal flower hanging over them. From left to right: Nicole Fiorentino—a brunette Caucasian woman wearing a dress—looks at her black bass guitar, Mike Byrne plays a silver drum kit obscured behind his drums, Billy Corgan—a bald, middle-aged Caucasian man wearing a sriped t-shirt and dark pants—plays guitar, and Jeff Schroeder—a Korean male in his 30s with brunette hair—looks at his guitar while playing.
2010 line-up of The Smashing Pumpkins (left to right): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, and Jeff Schroeder performing at the Orbit Room on July 8, 2010
Background information
Years active1988–2000; 2006–present
MembersBilly Corgan
Jeff Schroeder
James Iha
Jimmy Chamberlin
Past membersD'Arcy Wretzky
Melissa Auf der Maur
Nicole Fiorentino
Mike Byrne

The Smashing Pumpkins are an alternative rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan and guitarist James Iha after the demise of Corgan's first band, the Marked. Since its inception, The Smashing Pumpkins have gone through multiple line-up changes, with Corgan the only consistent member.

After the breakup of his gothic rock band the Marked, singer and guitarist Billy Corgan left St. Petersburg, Florida, to return to his native city of Chicago, where he took a job in a record store. While working there, he met guitarist James Iha. The pair soon began writing songs together with the aid of a drum machine.[1] Corgan met bassist D'arcy Wretzky in mid 1988 after a show by the Dan Reed Network where they argued the merits of the band. After finding out Wretzky played bass, Corgan stated his band's need for a bassist and gave Wretzky his telephone number. Wretzky soon joined the band, and she and Iha later had a short-lived romance.[2]

The first performance of the Smashing Pumpkins was on July 9, 1988, at the Polish bar Chicago 21. This performance included only Corgan and Iha with a drum machine.[3] On August 10, 1988, the band played for the first time as a trio at the Avalon Nightclub.[4] After this show, Cabaret Metro owner Joe Shanahan agreed to book the band on the condition that they replace the drum machine with a live drummer. Jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was recruited for the band after a recommendation from a friend of Corgan's.[4] On October 5, 1988, the complete band took the stage for the first time at the Cabaret Metro.[4]

Soon after the release of their third album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in 1995, the group recruited keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin to perform on the ensuing tour. However, on July 11, 1996, Melvion and Chamberlin overdosed on heroin in a New York City hotel room. Melvoin died, and Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession. A few days later, the band announced that Chamberlin had been fired as a result of the incident.[5] The Pumpkins chose to finish the tour, and hired drummer Matt Walker and keyboardist Dennis Flemion as temporary replacements. Corgan later said the decision to continue touring was the worst the band had ever made, damaging both their music and their reputation.[1]

In early 1999, Jimmy Chamberlin rejoined the band; however, the lineup was short-lived, as bassist D'arcy Wretzky announced her departure that September.[6] She was subsequently replaced by former Hole bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur, who performed on the “Sacred and Profane" tour and appeared in music videos. On May 23, 2000, in a live radio interview on KROQ-FM (Los Angeles), Billy Corgan announced the band's decision to break up at the end of that year following additional touring and recording.[7] The Smashing Pumpkins played at the Cabaret Metro on December 2, 2000, before a six-year disbandment.

On July 21, 2005, Corgan stated in full-page advertisements in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times to announce that he had planned to reunite the band.[8] On April 20, 2006, the band's official website confirmed the reunion.[9] Corgan and Chamberlin were verified as participants in the reunion, but there was question as to whether other former members of the band would participate. In April 2007, Iha and Auf der Maur separately confirmed that they were not taking part in the reunion.[10][11] Wretzky did not make an announcement, but Chamberlin would later state that Iha and Wretzky "didn't want to be a part of" the reunion.[12] The Smashing Pumpkins performed live for the first time since 2000 on May 22, 2007, in Paris, France, with new members Jeff Schroeder on guitar and Ginger Reyes on bass guitar, as well as keyboardist Lisa Harriton.[13]

This line-up toured to promote the 2007 album Zeitgeist and performed again throughout 2008 to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary—this time, the instrumentation was augmented by No Doubt trumpeter Stephen Bradley and trombonist Gabrial McNair, Kristopher Pooley on accordion and keyboards, and Gingger Shankar playing the rare 10-string violin. In March 2009, Corgan announced on the band's website that longtime drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, had left the group;[14] Chamberlin stated that the split was amicable, commenting that he was "glad [Corgan] has chosen to continue under the name. It is his right."[15] Corgan later stated that he fired Chamberlin and began searching for his replacement.[16] In August 2009, Corgan confirmed on the band's website that drummer Mike Byrne had replaced Chamberlin after a series of open auditions.[17] Keyboardist Lisa Harriton quietly left the group in 2009.[18] In March 2010, bassist Ginger Reyes (now Ginger Pooley) officially left the band in order to focus on her family[18] and was briefly replaced by Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes. In May 2010, Nicole Fiorentino was announced as the official replacement for Pooley.[19] However, she was later dismissed from the band in 2014, alongside Byrne. In 2015, Chamberlin rejoined the band once again on a touring basis. In February 2018, Iha and Chamberlin officially rejoined for supporting Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour.

Members

Current

As of 2018, the official lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins includes one vocalist/guitarist/bassist/keyboardist, one guitarist/keyboardist, one bassist/guitarist, and one drummer

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
A worm's eye view picture of Billy Corgan—a middle-aged Caucasian male with a shaved head, wearing a black jumpsuit and playing guitar onstage Billy Corgan 1988–2000, 2006–present lead vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards All of The Smashing Pumpkins' releases.
James Iha—a Japanese adult male with shoulder-length hair with white highlights—sits crossed-legged on a stool wearing a flannel shirt and jeans. James Iha 1988–2000, 2018–present guitars, bass, backing vocals All of the Smashing Pumpkins' releases up to 2000, and from 2018 onward.
A closeup of Jimmy Chamberlin—a middle-aged Caucasian male—smiling Jimmy Chamberlin 1988–1996, 1999–2000, 2006–2009, 2015–2017 (touring only), 2018–present drums, percussion All of the Smashing Pumpkins' releases up to 1996, from 1999-2000, 2007 to 2009, and 2018 onward.
Jeff Schroeder—a Korean adult male—plays guitar in a white jumpsuit Jeff Schroeder 2007–present guitars, keyboards If All Goes Wrong (2008), all of the Smashing Pumpkins' releases from Teargarden by Kaleidyscope: Vol. 3 (2011) onward.

Current touring musicians

The following members accompanied the band in a live setting, while providing few, if any, studio contributions.

Image Name Years active Instruments Ref.
Jack Bates 2015, 2018–present bass
Katie Cole at the Roxy, 23 April 2012 (7113895035).jpg Katie Cole 2015, 2016–2018, 2019– keyboards, guitar, bass, backing vocals, various other instruments

Former

The former members of the Smashing Pumpkins consist of two bassists, one bassist/keyboardist and two drummers.

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
A worm's eye view shot of D'arcy Wretzky—a Caucasian female with short blond hair, wearing a black suit and black horns on her head—plays bass guitar on stage. D'arcy Wretzky 1988–1999 bass, backing vocals All of the Smashing Pumpkins' releases up to Machina/The Machines of God (2000)
Kenny Aronoff 1998 drums none
Melissa Auf der Maur—a Caucasian woman with long red hair wearing a red top and leather skirt—plays bass guitar and sings into a microphone Melissa Auf der Maur 1999–2000 bass none
Mike Byrne—a Caucasian male 20 years old with short brunette hair with a grey T-shirt—drums behind a red drum kit. Mike Byrne 2009–2014 drums, percussion, backing vocals, keyboards Teargarden by Kaleidyscope  Vol. 1–2–3 (2009–2011), Oceania (2012), Oceania: Live in NYC (2013)
Nicole Fiorentino—a brunette Caucasian woman with long hair—plays bass guitar onstage and is wearing a dress, fishnet stockings, and boots Nicole Fiorentino 2010–2014 bass, keyboards, backing vocals Teargarden by Kaleidyscope  Vol. 3 (2011), Oceania (2012), Oceania: Live in NYC (2013)

Former touring musicians

The following members accompanied the band in a live setting, while providing few, if any, studio contributions.

Image Name Years active Instruments Ref.
Eric Remschneider 1992–1994 cello [20][21]
Jonathan Melvoin 1995–1996 (his death) keyboards [22]
Matt Walker 1996–1997 drums, percussion [22][23]
Dennis Flemion 1996–1997 (died 2012) keyboards [22]
Kenny Aronoff—a middle-aged Caucasian male with a shaved head—smiles in a profile shot while standing in front of a drum set and posters of himself performing. Kenny Aronoff 1998 drums, percussion [24]
Dan Morris percussion [25]
Stephen Hodges
A three-quarters view of Mike Garson—a Caucasian male with a shaved head wearing a suit and sunglasses—seated at a piano Mike Garson 1998–2000 piano, keyboards [26]
Chris Holmes 2000 keyboards, vocoder [27]
Linda Strawberry 2000, 2007 backing vocals [28]
Lisa Harriton—a Caucasian woman with shoulder-length brown hair—plays keyboards onstage Lisa Harriton 2007–2009 keyboards, backing vocals [29]
Ginger Reyes—a Caucasian woman in her late 20s with long brunette hair—plays bass guitar on stage wearing a white dress and white cowboy boots. Ginger Reyes bass, backing vocals [18]
Stephen Bradley 2008 trumpet [30]
Gabrial McNair—a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a button-up pinstripe white shirt—plays trombone Gabrial McNair trombone [31]
Khristopher Pooley—a Caucasian male wearing a suit and sunglasses—plays keyboards onstage. Kristopher Pooley keyboards, accordion [31]
Gingger Shankar—an Indian woman in a black dress and black boots, with long black hair—plays 10-string violin onstage. Gingger Shankar 10-string violin [31]
Mark Tulin—a middle-aged Caucasian man with long brown hair in a grey shirt–plays a bass guitar. Mark Tulin 2010 (died 2011) bass [32]
Mark Stoermer Live.jpg Mark Stoermer 2014–2015 bass
Brad Wilk.jpg Brad Wilk drums
Sierra Swan 2016–2017 bass, keyboards, backing vocals, various other instruments

Studio musicians

The following musicians appeared on a Smashing Pumpkins album but were not part of the band.

Gish (1991)

  • Mary Gaines – cello on "Daydream"
  • Chris Wagner – violin and viola on "Daydream"

Siamese Dream (1993)

Pisces Iscariot (1994)

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

Adore (1998)

  • Matt Walker – drums on "To Sheila", "Ava Adore", "Daphne Descends", "Tear", "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete", "Annie-Dog", and "Behold! The Night Mare"
  • Matt Cameron – drums on "For Martha"
  • Joey Waronker – drums on "Perfect", additional drums on "Once Upon a Time" and "Pug"
  • Dennis Flemion – additional vocals in "To Sheila" and "Behold! The Night Mare"
  • Jimmy Flemion – additional vocals in "To Sheila" and "Behold! The Night Mare"
  • Bon Harris – additional programming on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13; additional vocals in "For Martha"
  • Brad Wood – additional vocals in "Behold! The Night Mare", organ in "Blank Page"

Machina/The Machines of God (2000)

Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (2010)

Monuments to an Elegy (2014)

Timeline

References

General
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  • Kot, Greg. "Pumpkin Seeds". Guitar World. January 2002.
  • Thompson, Dave. "Smashing Pumpkins", in Alternative Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, 2000. ISBN 0-87930-607-6
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