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Can you play bass or keys? Last chance to apply for a job with us! [Mar. 31st, 2010|12:53 pm]
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With the news that THE SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Ginger Pooley has left the band to raise her new baby with her husband, BILLY CORGAN has announced that he will look for a new bassist in the same manner as he found new drummer Mike Byrne last year: via an open audition process (see below for details). CORGAN also says that auditions will be held (again, see below) for a new keyboardist who is a fan of--and can play in the prog-rock style of--Jon Lord and Rick Wakeman.

Until a new bassist is found, Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes--with whom BILLY toured last year in Spirits In The Sky--will fill in on an interim basis. Look for The Pumpkins to soon announce a world tour including dates in the U.S.

Says Ginger, who toured the world with the band in 2007 and 2008: "With sorrow and yet with much thankfulness for the opportunity to have played in the Pumpkins, I am sad to say that I can no longer tour with the Pumpkins. Although I've been blessed beyond belief over the past few years through playing with the Pumpkins, my priority now is to keep our little family unit together, which includes my husband and my baby. Although I do plan on continuing to do music in different forms, my priority is for neither for my husband nor myself to be apart from our daughter so that we can raise her together. I wish Billy all the best and look forward to seeing the Pumpkins in the near future. I would also like to thank all of the Pumpkins fans for all of their support. I will see you at the Pumpkins shows!"

Says BILLY: "Although I am heartbroken that Ginger is leaving the group, I really respect her decision to put her family first. I appreciate everything that she has contributed to The Smashing Pumpkins, and I'm proud of her for being such a great musician and friend.

"We were lucky enough to find drummer Mike Byrne through an open audition process," BILLY adds, "so why not open the doors again to anyone who might be interested for the bass or keyboard position. As you can see from our past and present, age, race, or a person's background is not an issue. Everyone is truly welcome to audition."

Audition Info:
Bassists and keyboardists looking to play with The Pumpkins should send their background info (including age, a resume of any bands/recorded work), photos and performance web links via email only, either to pumpkinsbass@gmail.com or pumpkinskeys@gmail.com. Note: only musicians with video clips can be considered. Youtube.com type posts are perfect--that's how Mike was found. Final date for submission is March 31st.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-31 06:30 pm (UTC)

Billy's Birthday,

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I just wanted to say: Happy Belated Birthday Billy Corgan! You're the greatest. I am so lucky to be a fan of yours 'cause you give us something new daily. Please come back to Pensacola, Florida on tour or Orange Beach, Ala. to the Warf www.thewarfal.com. It's beautiful here! Dawn age 42
From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-31 06:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Billy's Birthday,

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I'm sorry that last link doesn't work. Try this one: http://www.thewharfal.com/?section=amphitheater . Thanks! Dawn
[User Picture]From: robinsena
2010-04-03 12:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Billy's Birthday,

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+1 to this, though I'd really wouldn't mind them playing at The Wharf over the civic center.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-06 12:14 am (UTC)

Re: Billy's Birthday,

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Hey Robinsena,
They came to our civic center...and I didn't get to go!! But if they ever get even close ,I will be there! Even if it is Biloxi,Miss where the casinos are no problem! I'm there. Billy you rock! Dawn from P'cola
From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-01 03:48 am (UTC)

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i so wish to play with them billy corgan is so totally my idol and i loook to him!!!! i need you to come to chicago so bad!!!
[User Picture]From: lanulove
2010-04-01 05:57 pm (UTC)

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Good luck in finding someone :)
I would like to show you my artwork sometime Billy.. It's all based on your music.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-08 01:51 am (UTC)

matt volpe bass player

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Hi Billy- Please consider me for the role of bass player in Smashing Pumpkins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj6ytDSd84I

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http://web.me.com/mattvolpe/Matt_Volpe-_Smashing_Pumpkins_audition/Main_Video.html

Best,
Matt Volpe
mattjawsv@aol.com
From: benton_bass
2010-04-13 02:47 pm (UTC)

Bassist - hoping late is better than never

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Hello Billy,
I am a bassist from Toronto. I unfortunately missed the deadline for your bassist submissions - I submitted all my info yesterday morning to the address pumpkinsbass@gmail.com If you have not settled on anyone or are still auditioning please review my submission. I have toured at Major levels including two North American tours with The Cult and Cyndi Lauper. I have also toured with the New York Dolls, Tegan and Sara, Debbie Harry, and The B-52's. I sent links with photos, full bio, live video footage, and a great music video from my band which broke up last year. I am a huge pumpkins fan and its an honour to submit my info.
Best of luck,
Jen Benton
www.myspace.com/jenbentonbassist
From: kenmant
2010-04-16 02:37 am (UTC)

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Nice post !