Pumpkins Announce New Drummer

Tibetan Freedom Festival in mid-June. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

After two and a half days of auditions in

Chicago, the Smashing Pumpkins

have chosen drummer Matt Walker to replace Jimmy Chamberlin and hit the

road with them for the remainder of their 1996-1997 world tour. Walker,

former drummer with Filter, will be the "touring drummer," according to

a statement released by the band; there is no word yet on whether he

will play on future Pumpkins' recordings. The Pumpkins met Walker

during the European leg of their tour earlier this year, when Filter was

the opening act. Rehearsals in Chicago which could last several weeks

are to begin immediately. As previously reported in Addicted To Noise,

Frogs founding member Dennis Flemion will replace the late Jonathan

Melvoin as touring keyboardist. In order to have time to get comfortable

with both Walker and Flemion, the band has postponed a number of

previously announced shows that were to have taken place from Aug. 12

through Aug. 25; their first performance with the new line-up will take

place at The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on August 27th. A new

Pumpkins' single will be released shortly.