Smashing Pumpkins Hire Teenage Drummer




The Hipsters have spoken: Billy Corgan is planning on hiring a 19-year-old drummer to replace Jimmy Chamberlin. You read that right. As reported on the Smashing Pumpkins' fan blog Hipsters United, the young Mike Byrne of Oregon has been jamming with the Pumpkins for a few weeks. Though details are not yet finalized, Billy Corgan himself mentions Byrne on his blog, referring to him as his hopeful "drummer for the future." And, as this Youtube clip (via P4k) demonstrates, the kid can really play. As a fellow 19-year-old, I like to think that could have been me. If I could play the drums, of course.

—Nikki Turner

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Smashing Pumpkins Hire Teenage Drummer