Billy Corgan Reveals Reason Behind Drummer’s Firing


It appears that there was a lot more to the firing of Mike Byrne from the Smashing Pumpkins, at least according to Billy Corgan.

Five months after drummer Byrne was fired from the band, Corgan has revealed, in a lengthy post that might be able to rival some of Morrissey, about the reasoning behind the removal.

In the post, Corgan claims that Byrne required too much “hand-holding” and decided it was in the best interest of the group to get rid of him and bring in seasoned drummer, Tommy Lee for the recording of the Smashing Pumpkins’ next studio album.

We should also point out that Byrne was only 19 years old when he joined SP in 2010. Kind of intimidating for anyone to join a band like the Smashing Pumpkins who have been around longer than you have.

Corgan describes Byrne as a “twitch” and claims his “ADD” stifled the band’s recording process for their second of two new albums. Corgan implies that the drummer found his ideas boring and that it had to do with his generations mindset.

We’re not going to lie Billy, were a little offended by that considering we do own most of your discography.

You can read the full, long-winded post here. Don’t be confused if you see the cover of a Flash comic book on the page because that’s where it all begins.

But apparently things weren’t that bad because Corgan managed to finish recording the first of the two new albums, Monuments to an Elgery which has a release date of Dec. 9. Check out second song to be released from that record, “One and All.”

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