Smashing Pumpkins Holding Open Auditions For Bassist And Keyboard Player
Billy Corgan, Frontman for the band Smashing Pumpkins, has announced that he will be holding open auditions to find a new keyboard player and bassist.
Bassist Ginger Pooley quit the band last week so she could concentrate on motherhood. Mark Tulin from The Electric Prunes will fill in until a permanent replacement is found. Corgan is also on the hunt for a keyboard player, one that can play in the prog rock style of Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord.
Pooley released the following statement via the Smashing Pumpkins website regarding her departure. "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!""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."
Billy Corgan added "We were lucky enough to find drummer Mike Byrne through an open audition process, 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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Note: only musicians with video clips can be considered. Youtube.com type posts are perfect--that's how Mike [Smashing Pumpkins drummer] was found. Final date for submission is March 31st.