Smashing Pumpkins need a new guitarist and literally everyone's invited to apply

Band photo of Smashing Pumpkins with added silhouette of unidentified person
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Smashing Pumpkins have announced in a social media post that they are on the lookout for a new guitarist to join the lineup.

And rather than reach out to industry contacts to fill the vacancy, the Pumpkins are inviting anyone to apply and giving fans the chance to make their mark.

In a statement posted to various social media channels, the band say: "The Smashing Pumpkins are in search of an additional guitarist. The application process is open to anyone who might be interested. Applicants may submit a resume and related materials to"

It comes after guitarist Jeff Schroeder left the band in October of 2023 after 16 years with the group. The band are currently a trio while they search for a fourth member to join frontman Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha. They do not have a permanent bass player as part of the current lineup.

Whoever gets the gig will have a busy 2024 to prepare for. The Pumpkins have a run of UK and Ireland dates with Weezer this summer, before they hit the road across North America with Green Day.

Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer UK tour dates 2024

Jun 07: Birmingham Utilita Arena
Jun 08: London The O2
Jun 10: Dublin 3Arena, Ireland
Jun 12: Glasgow OVO Hydro
Jun 13: Manchester Co-op Live
Jun 14: Cardiff Castle

Green Day with Smashing Pumpkins North American tour dates 2024

Jul 29: Washington, DC – Nationals Park 
Aug 01: Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre 
Aug 03: Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Aug 05: New York, NY – Citi Field
Aug 07: Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Aug 09: Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
Aug 10: Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium 
Aug 13: Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field 
Aug 15: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 17: Minneapolis, MN – Target Field 
Aug 20: Kansas City, KS – Azura Amphitheatre
Aug 22: Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ballpark 
Aug 24: Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field 
Aug 26: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion !
Aug 28: Atlanta, GA – Truist Park
Aug 30: Nashville, TN – Geodis Park 
Sep 01: Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
Sep 04: Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
Sep 07: Denver, CO – Coors Field
Sep 10: Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Sep 11: Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field   
Sep 14: Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium 
Sep 18: Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field
Sep 20: San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park 
Sep 23: Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
Sep 25: Portland, OR – Providence Park
Sep 28: San Diego, CA – Petco Park

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