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Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin leaves The Smashing Pumpkins [Mar. 20th, 2009|11:56 pm]
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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 the SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.

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By now you have heard the news of my departure from the Smashing Pumpkins. I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me. I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess. I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, “Cash the check” so to speak. Music is my life. It is sacred. It deserves the highest commitment at every level and the Pumpkins are certainly no different. I’m sorry but it really IS that simple. There is no drama, bad blood, or anything else but a full commitment to music. My best goes out to Billy and I’m glad he has chosen to continue under the name. It is his right. I will continue to make music with the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex as well as pursuing other musical interests. I feel that I have a long way to go and a lot to give. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support through all of this. I am constantly humbled by all of you! It is an honor and a privilege to play music for a living and I don’t take it for granted not even for a second.

Stay tuned……. JC
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[User Picture]From: damolisher
2009-03-21 05:03 am (UTC)

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So what'll happen with the band now?
[User Picture]From: damolisher
2009-03-21 05:03 am (UTC)

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Never mind...
[User Picture]From: zillioneyes
2009-03-21 05:06 am (UTC)

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Dumb.

Smashing Pumpkins are done.
[User Picture]From: webwawa
2009-03-21 06:34 pm (UTC)

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makes me wonder what's going on with Jimmy.. hope he's okay. So many maybe's... maybe he wants to do his own project again, maybe he wants to go just get out of the circus, maybe he doesn't like the direction/style of SP. *shrug* *sigh* RIP the classic SP that I love.
[User Picture]From: alphabit
2009-03-21 05:55 am (UTC)

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D:
[User Picture]From: halifax_samuels
2009-03-21 06:01 am (UTC)

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That's too bad. I'm really fond of Jimmy's work, so I'll be looking forward to whatever he does next. Any details we can be given concerning why he left?
[User Picture]From: flat_scan
2009-03-21 06:07 am (UTC)

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:( why, Jimmy, why?
You've changed, man. You used to be cool,
[User Picture]From: tryptonique
2009-03-21 06:22 am (UTC)

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Bring on Adore II
[User Picture]From: lady_tehhi_666
2009-03-21 02:59 pm (UTC)

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yeah! +1!
[User Picture]From: steelwaterstars
2009-03-21 07:06 am (UTC)

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Awwwweeee, jimmy will be missed so much!!!! Much respect for billy trudging on as usual and always creating, keep it coming, you are well received!!!
From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-21 07:35 am (UTC)

JIMMY!!!

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We love you, and the Pumpkins would not be the same without you! We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors, and hope that you will continue to make amazing music!
[User Picture]From: johhnymayhem
2009-03-21 07:50 am (UTC)

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One wonders how it can still be The Smashing Pumpkins now that 3/4 of the original band members have departed. To say that it can still be called The Smashing Pumpkins without them seems to say they were of no value when they were with the band.
[User Picture]From: lightppfl
2009-03-21 07:56 am (UTC)

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well it is true actually. Smashing Pumpkins - is Billy Corgan's band. he can do with it whatever he wants to..
[User Picture]From: barmazay
2009-03-21 08:15 am (UTC)

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ничо, сам наиграешь барабаны :)
[User Picture]From: _subtle_
2009-03-21 08:16 am (UTC)

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8)))))
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[User Picture]From: melloncollieclo
2009-03-21 11:08 am (UTC)

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Jimmy should join tinted windows...
[User Picture]From: loveless
2009-03-21 11:12 am (UTC)

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hah +1
[User Picture]From: walterzuey
2009-03-21 01:21 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy is one of the most underrated drummers of the era. In an interview in Modern Drummer a couple years ago, he said he warmed up every day to Stick Control (probably the first book for every student; ex1: RLRL RLRL..). And it shows. His touch and technique go a long way to supporting the wall of guitars sound. His style was so universal, if he had just left a wedding and barmitzvah band, I'd say 'his touch and technique go a long way to supporting the sound..' His drum playing is akin to Edge's guitar playing: he doesn't play a million notes a minute, but it's always the right note. I learn something from him every time I listen to a SP song. He plays to the song. That's the highest compliment you can give to a drummer.

I know there's a perception that SP have morphed into just a vehicle for BC's creativity, but Jimmy's work on Zeitgeist was a masterpiece. I feel for the next guy who is going to have to contribute something original.

I hope all is well with Jimmy, and he continues to do great work. peace.
[User Picture]From: vicariously_i
2009-03-21 01:58 pm (UTC)

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The Smashing Pumpkins have been done since 2000. They never really came back.
Man, if only Zwan had longevity...
[User Picture]From: pmppk
2009-03-23 08:43 am (UTC)

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Amen.
[User Picture]From: soriangrey
2009-03-21 03:06 pm (UTC)

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oh thats unfortunate. oh well. Good luck to Jimmy on all his future endeavors.
To me Smashing Pumpkins=Billy Corgan just as much as Trent Reznor= Nine Inch Nails. Theres been many changes in great personnel in both bands-but still the mastermind sits at the helm. Cant wait to hear what's next.;D

"Eye" and "The Beginning is the End of The Beginning" is two of my most favorite SP songs EVAR. If Billy returns to this formula and applied it to some new stuff for an entire album-I would be one happy camper. Bring on the darkness Billy! ;)
[User Picture]From: argenterie4
2009-03-21 04:33 pm (UTC)

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I agree... bring on the electronica darkness again!
From: x_curetastrophe
2009-03-21 03:21 pm (UTC)

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i can't believe it... ]:
[User Picture]From: dith
2009-03-21 04:55 pm (UTC)

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this is so fucking horrible...
From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-22 03:17 pm (UTC)

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my heart hurts...
[User Picture]From: dith
2009-03-21 04:56 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy could you not leave???
I really like what you guys have been doing. I love your drumming. I love your interaction with Billy. I was so excited for you guys and excited to hear all the new stuff. You are a team.
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2009-03-22 02:28 am (UTC)

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I think thought that your comment regarding asking Jimmy not to leave was very thoughtful, and sweet. It shows that you are very mature and a true SP fan. I don't know who you are, but you seem so kind. I would simply like to wish you well!!!
[User Picture]From: intense_jeff
2009-03-21 05:42 pm (UTC)

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It is moderately close to April Fools Day. It could be a bad joke.
[User Picture]From: burningofroissy
2009-03-21 06:11 pm (UTC)

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Bummer. :(
[User Picture]From: whir
2009-03-21 06:11 pm (UTC)

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*facepalm*
[User Picture]From: caseus
2009-03-21 10:45 pm (UTC)

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:(
[User Picture]From: ritzcrackerman
2009-03-21 10:53 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy came a long ways back from his drug habit that got him kicked out in the first place. I hope he's still in OK shape.
[User Picture]From: babybill
2009-03-21 11:34 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry :-(

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I hope everything with be ok, despite Jimmy's departure. It's all in your hands now, Billy.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-22 12:16 am (UTC)

no god!

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billy corgan not die, the smashing pumpkins not die...
[User Picture]From: feral_cow
2009-03-22 02:35 am (UTC)

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Um, this seems like a knee-jerk emotional response, or coverage of a knee-jerk emotional response. The lack of reason for Jimmy's departure... The one-sidedness...

There's no PR message crafted as to why Jimmy left beyond Corgan's resolve to continue the band... Obviously we haven't heard the last of this but I don't know what Chamberlain's decision is final.
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