Jimmy Chaimberlain has left the Smashing Pumpkins.
The press release reads:
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.
Awww! FUCK! I love Jimmy! Jimmy is the rock, and the RAWK! He was The Smashing Pumpkins drummer on every album except Adore.When I met Jimmy at HMV back in 2000, I told him "Jimmy you rock!", he said "Thanks". Then I said "Jimmy you dont understand, you fucking RAWK!" Now I think he must know that he rocks.
Billy all by himself? I love Billy, I'm sure I will probably love whatever he does. going at it all by himself he is going to have a lot of naysayers. I really wonder what kind of album billy will make. I cant even conceptualize it.
What could it sound like?
All acoustic styles like Zwan? All electro like the Future Embrace? Or like The Smashing Pumpkins Adore era?
People will tear Billy's ass open like a bag or chips if he does anything like that.
He has said he is moving forward, so it wouldnt make sense to go back to an old sound. And very un-Pumpkin, always moving forward.
I'm going to miss you Jimmy, but I'm going to listen to the new "Smashing Pumpkns" with an open mind. Jimmy can race cars and be with his family, but I'm going to expect a new Jimmy Chaimberlain Complex record in a year or two, dont let me down man!