Smashing Pumpkins Are Looking For A New Guitarist

January 6, 2024

Know any crushing guitarists who’d be into playing in Smashing Pumpkins? ‘Cause they’re looking since the departure of Jeff Schroeder.


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And the beauty? The application process is open to anyone!

Last October, Schroeder left the band. He’d played with them for 16 years.

They released a joint statement, “It’s easy to say now that when I joined The Smashing Pumpkins in 2007 I had no idea what I was getting into. The opportunity seemed to have come out of nowhere. I was at UCLA working on my doctorate in comparative Literature when a close friend messaged me and said The Smashing Pumpkins were looking for a guitar player. Being a huge fan of the band, the audition was something I threw myself into. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The amount of incredible memories created over the last 16 years with the band are almost too numerous to quantify. Although it was a very difficult decision to make, I’ve decided to leave the band to make some space to explore a slightly different path. I want to thank Billy, Jimmy, James, and Jack for being both wonderful bandmates and even better friends. I will absolutely miss sharing the stage with you. I wish the band all the success in the future. I will be watching and listening.”

Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin commented on Schroeder’s departure in a separate statement, “We thank Jeff for his ceaseless dedication to the band and our great fans. Words can not express our gratitude and appreciation for the friend he is, and being there for SP in the good times and the tough times, too.”

Schroeder released his debut solo single, “Haenim”, in July 2021. Perhaps that’s going to be his focus, moving forward?

Regardless, what an opportunity for a guitarist. Join one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Who’s ready? Who do you see getting the gig?


Written by Todd Hancock