Help Wanted: Wanna Play Keyboards or Bass for the Smashing Pumpkins?
"Slightly used, gently worn 90s band looking for weird-hot chick who can look smashing fingering a bass (O-face a plus) and low-maintenance keyboard person with own gear..."
Alright, that's not the real ad, but Billy Corgan is actually casting the net wide for a bass-player and a keyboard player to keep the Smashing Pumpkins flame alive.
Behold the ACTUAL ad (via Beatcrave):
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 was found. Final date for submission is March 31st.
Beatcrave has the statements from recently departed bassist Ginger Pooley, who's leaving to focus on her family, and Corgan's Reaction:
[Pooley:] "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!"
[Corgan:] "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 [...] 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."
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