Dave Navarro (Temporarily) Joins Smashing Pumpkins

By Cara Alwill

Billy Corgan announced on the Smashing Pumpkins’ official Web site yesterday that he has officially hired a new drummer, and today he reveals more news regarding the band’s immediate future. It looks like Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro will be heading out on tour with the Pumpkins at the end of this month, along with Mark Weitz of ’60s psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. The dates are a part of Corgan’s Sky Saxon tribute band, which he is calling the “Spirit in the Sky” tour.

In an official statement Corgan released on the band’s site, he shares the details. “Some exciting news to add as well, as Dave Navarro and Mark Weitz have joined the tour. Dave sadly can’t play San Diego with us, so hopefully we can find an Ace up our sleeve somewhere to fill in. It’s gonna be crowded onstage, that’s for sure with Mike and Kerry on drums, Mark on bass, Dave and I on guitar, and Mark #2 on keys. Whoa…” Corgan wrote.

Navarro began expressing his enthusiasm for the Pumpkins’ song “Superchrist” via Twitter, tweeting that it is “awesome on so many levels.” That message clearly stuck with Corgan, who has invited Navarro out on the road for a set of intimate club dates, taking place at the end of August in Southern California.

Could this meeting of two alt-rock icons usher in a full-on early ’90s nostalgia trip? We’ll have to wait and see. One thing is for sure: Corgan seems to have a lot of tricks up his sleeve. It will be interesting to see what’s next for this musical three-ring circus — and whether or not those two famously cantankerous performers can actually share the same stage.