Jimmy Chamberlin rejoining Smashing Pumpkins for tour with Marilyn Manson
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Smashing Pumpkins at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Smashing Pumpkins are going on a tour this summer with Marilyn Manson, and they've got some pretty exciting news about it. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold for the whole tour, USA Today reports. The band has more or less been Billy's solo project for years now, and to some extent that hasn't even really been worth complaining about, as Billy had been known to overdub his bandmates' parts during their classic era anyway. But one thing Billy's never been able to replace is Jimmy Chamberlin's killer drumming, and he knows it too. He tells USA Today:
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.
As of now, Jimmy's just on board for this tour. For future lineups, Billy plans on having different members come and go. "I want to run a business more like it's an open door," he says.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 29 at PNC Bank Arts Center, July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Recently on the band's acoustic tour, they played a medley of all the Gish songs in three minutes. Watch a video of that, with the list of tour dates, below...
Marilyn Manson / Smashing Pumpkins -- 2015 Tour Dates
07/07 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
07/09 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/10 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
07/11 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
07/13 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/15 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/16 Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
07/18 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
07/19 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live
07/20 New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
07/22 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
07/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
07/25 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/26 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
07/28 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/31 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/01 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
08/02 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/05 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/07 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center