Looks like Billy Corgan is in need of some brand new Smashing Pumpkins, again, according to a press release we just received. Current bassist Ginger Pooley is leaving the band to raise her new baby. As for the keyboardist, it sounds as if Corgan has plans to take the band in a slightly different direction. The details:
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.[...]
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
So get those clips ready, bassists and keyboardists looking to find the common ground between '90s alt-rock and '70s prog. (There is some, right?) You too could be a part of the increasingly protracted and confusing history of the Smashing Pumpkins.