Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was recently photographed with Kenny Aranoff, who took his place during the 1998 Adore tour.
Chamberlin said in a new AZCentral interview that he was excited to return to the studio with The Smashing Pumpkins.
When talking about getting back in the studio, he called it “super exciting.”
“I need to be moving forward,” he says.
That’s why he plays a lot of jazz gigs with his own band in Chicago.
“And the Pumpkins have always been a really great vehicle for self-expression,” he says. “I’ve been able to do pretty much whatever I want on the drum kit and challenge myself to grow as much as I can. The band has celebrated that in the best possible way and absorbed it. So it’s kind of a dream situation for me.”
He called the Pumpkins’ 2018 tour ‘magical.’
“It was magical,” Chamberlin says of the tour. “The crowds were great. The set list was incredible. Getting to play ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ obviously, was fun. It’s something I had done in my basement, much to the chagrin of my neighbors, probably thousands of times as I played through that album as a young drummer. But to play it in all those shows, especially at Madison Square Garden, was incredible.”