Red Hot Chili Peppers Confirm Smashing Pumpkins Firing


Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer detailed Billy Corgan firing and replacing Smashing Pumpkins bandmates in the 2010’s, and said he had a friend who saw Billy with two entirely different backing bands in the span of 4 years. Corgan just revealed the bold truth about Scott Weiland.

The most frequent changes in The Smashing Pumpkins touring lineups came from 2013-2018, the 2013 lineup featured Corgan/Jeff Schroeder/Nicole Fiorentino/Mike Byrne, the 2014 lineup was Corgan/Jeff Schroeder/Mark Stoermer/Brad Wilk, the 2015 lineup was Corgan/Jimmy Chamberlin/Jeff Schroeder/Jack Bates, the 2016 lineup was Corgan/Jimmy Chamberlin/Jeff Schroeder/Katie Cole/Sierra Swan, while the 2018 lineup was Corgan/Jimmy Chamberlin/James Iha/Jeff Schroeder/Jack Bates.

Corgan dismissed Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne after the Pumpkins’ 2013 tour, with frequent lineup changes before James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin permanently rejoined as full time members.

A fan asked Klinghoffer during a recent AMA, “Hi Josh, you’ve toured Glasgow many times with different bands – any particular memories of the city?”

Klinghoffer responded, “Yeah, there is an inside joke I have with someone that was born backstage at a Sparks gig. I won’t say what it is. I had a friend doing sound for Smashing Pumpkins and went along to see them about 4 years apart at the same venue (I left from the same hotel) and Billy’s band was completely different at both shows. Also, there’s a posh restaurant called Rogano that I’ve had many a lovely meal at with many a lovely peoples.” Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and Metallica recently debuted their supergroup.