The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the more beloved 90’s alternative rock bands. With a discography that reaches back over twenty years and a plethora of singles the band has weathered the test of time itself and is still relevant. The running joke though these days is that they cannot be called the Smashing Pumpkins anymore but the Smashing Pumpkin seeing as the only member of the original lineup is the front man himself, Billy Corgan.
Don’t get me wrong I love the old school Pumpkins. Mellon Collie and Gish are great records and their singles are incredible but Corgan needs to stop the revolving door of band members. The victim this time is none other than their drummer Mike Byrne. Byrne joined the group in 2010 at the nice tender young age of 19 and replaced founding member Jimmy Chamberlin. Byrne this time is being replaced by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. The question is this, is Lee now going to be the full time member of the group or is he just drumming on the upcoming Monuments to an Elegy?
Byrne was featured on 2009’s Teagarden by the Kaleidoscope as well as 2012’s Oceania. The new record is slated for a 2015 release but knowing this group I would hold my breath for a bit.
Here’s a live version of their single “My Love Is Winter.”