The Smashing Pumpkins played its farewell shows in Chicago in December 2000, but drummer Jimmy Chamberlin didn’t think the group was gone for good.
“I knew it was over with, but certainly in my soul, I didn’t want to believe it,” he said when frontman
Billy Corgan announced his intent to re-form the band via a June 2005 newspaper advertisement. “And when that’s the case, usually your soul is right.”
There are probably a few Windy City denizens who hope Chamberlin’s soul feels the Cubs will win the World Series this year, too.
The Pumpkins are indeed back together. By April 2006, the group’s Web site confirmed that writing had begun for a new album, and “Zeitgeist,” the Pumpkins’ first album of new material in nearly seven years, came out in July, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It’s a slightly different Pumpkins than in the past, however. Corgan and Chamberlin remain from the original lineup, filling out the band with new members Jeff Schroeder on guitar, Ginger Reyes continuing a tradition of female bassists and Lisa Hamilton on keyboards. But Chamberlin, 43, maintained the axis of he and Corgan ensure that the music continues the Pumpkins’ legacy.
“It’s a big part of us, and I think to just ignore it is stupid,” said Chamberlin, who was out of the Pumpkins from 1996-99 but also played with Corgan in the band Zwan during the Pumpkins’ breakup. “Barring (the 1998 Pumpkin album) ‘Adore,’ we had -A
always worked together, and we had always had each other’s ear, whether to say ‘That’s great’ or ‘It sucked’ or whatever.
“It’s just great to be able to continue that relationship.”
The Smashing Pumpkins and the Bravery perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 7) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $59.50 and $39.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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