Smashing Pumpkins Shows Confirmed

Rockin' at the Tibetan Freedom Festival in mid-June. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

The Smashing Pumpkins first performance with a new drummer

will take place on August 12 in Vancouver; tickets for that show went on sale

this week. Other shows, including an August 17 date in San Francisco and

performances in Southern California on August 21, 23 and 24 have also been

confirmed by the group's management. Who the new drummer will be remains a

mystery. The Pumpkins have less than three weeks to settle on a drummer and

whip him (or her) into shape. Following the death of Pumpkins' touring

keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin of a heroin overdose, the group fired longtime

drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who had a history of serious drug problems. A source

close to the Pumpkins said locating a new drummer is being "handled internally"

by the band.