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.