While the Smashing Pumpkins have become a revolving door of musicians with only frontman Billy Corgan being the constant, the singer has revealed that an original member will be returning.
In an interview with USA Today, Corgan revealed that original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is set to return to the band for their co-headlining “The End Times Tour” with Marilyn Manson.
Chamberlin last appeared with the group in 2009.
Currently, the band are in the middle of an acoustic tour which doesn’t necessarily mean they need a drummer during the trek. Then, the realization hit Corgan, a drummer was needed for the upcoming trek.
“We suddenly found ourselves in the situation of not having anybody lined up,” said Corgan.
“We knew we could do the acoustic tour with some backing tapes and drum machines, stuff like that, but we’re also looking at the Manson tour in three weeks,” he continued.
“You can’t just grab somebody and say, ‘Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song. Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”
The publication was able to get in touch with Chamberlin about his return to the band and what it was like being asked by Corgan to return.
“He asked if there was any way I’d consider coming back for the tour. It’s a great opportunity not only to celebrate the music, but to celebrate the friendship and the legacy,” said Chamberlin.
“The End Times Tour” is slated to kick off on July 7 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA and will wrap up on Aug. 8 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati.
Corgan also revealed during the interview that once that tour wraps, he and guitarist Jeff Schroeder will head directly into the studio to start working on some new music which will become the follow-up to their recently released Day for Night.
“We hope to have this next album out at the beginning of next year and a single out by the end of this year,” said Corgan.
“So we’re on a really hectic schedule.”
For full tour dates for “The End Time Tour,” you can find them here.