Smashing Pumpkins Hire Teen Drummer was a top story for this week. Here it is again:


Billy Corgan has tapped 19-year-old drummer Mike Byrne as the replacement for Jimmy Chamberlin in The Smashing Pumpkins.

Byrne, drummer for Oregon-based band Moses, Smell the Roses apparently landed the gig after working for a week with Corgan last month, and blogged on his MySpace page that he was “off for another couple of weeks at pumpkin camp.”

Additionally, Billy Corgan blogged last Friday that he has found the band’s “drummer of the future,” explaining that he’s eyeing October as the month to release. “I’ve worked with him so far for one week, and all indications are really good that he’s the man for the job,” Corgan wrote of the unnamed drummer. “Going to work with him some more before it becomes official. Whoever takes the job has quite big shoes to fill, no doubt about it.”