A Frog For The Smashing Pumpkins

Cover art from recent Frogs' album.

The Smashing Pumpkins are half-way towards re-staffing their band.

Although the drum seat is still empty (super-secret auditions are taking place

this week in New York), the three remaining members have settled on long-time

friend Dennis Fleming of Milwaukee's Frogs to fill in on keyboards for the

recently deceased Jonathan Melvoin. According to a source at Scratchie Records,

the label founded by Pumpkins D'Arcy and James Iha, it was Fleming who

suggested to his pal Billy Corgan that he fill in on keys, and when asked if

there was any chance to quiz the Frogman about his new high-profile gig, the

response was, "I think he's really freaking out a bit trying to learn all the

songs in a hurry. I can't even get him on the phone." Our source also told us

that he was relieved to hear that Fleming wasn't taking on the drum duties

(which he occupies in the Frogs), since, "it would be a really weird sound for

them to go with just one drum and a crash cymbal." Once they do find a drummer,

in addition to previously announced dates, he (or she) will be pounding the

skins at the following recently rescheduled shows:

Oct. 2; St. Louis; Kell

Center

Nov. 23; Oklahoma City; The Myriad

Nov. 26; Lafayette,

Louisiana; Cajun Dome

Nov. 30; Austin, Texas; Erwin Center