You Could Be Smashing Pumpkins' Drummer!

Billy Corgan and YOU!
Melissa Goldstein

Who says no one's hiring in the current economic climate?

Less than two weeks after drummer Jimmy Chamberlin officially resigned from alt-rock kingpins Smashing Pumpkins, last-original-member-standing Billy Corgan is actively seeking his replacement.

Yesterday, the band issued an open call for submissions via a statement posted to their website. Auditions are scheduled for Friday, April 10 in Los Angeles.

Qualifications: Must have "an exceptional drumming ability and a desire to be part of a massive, creative, and progressive musical project with a rich 20-year history." Also recommended: ability to deal with volatile, overbearing boss. And don't worry if you've only got limited experience: Jimmy Chamberlin had only played weddings and street fairs in a touring jazz band when he was hired in 1988.

Interestingly, the statement also suggests "there may be multiple positions open" -- which should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the band's history of quickly losing members over the years.

Quick interview tip for anyone inclined to audition: If in the Q&A portion of the tryout Billy Corgan asks about your biggest flaw, we'd recommend shying away from calling yourself a perfectionist -- there's only room for one of those in this outfit.

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