Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin Reveals Why Courtney Love ‘Represents’ 90’s


In a new NME interview, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin discussed Peter Hook, Courtney Love, Chino Moreno, Davey Havok, and The Killers’ Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer recently joining The Smashing Pumpkins for their 30th anniversary show in New Jersey.

What about your other guests at that show? What do you think it is about Chino Moreno, Davey Havok and Courtney Love that they have in common?

“We all came from the same space, musically. Chino is an incredible vocalist. He came in and killed it. We’d played with Davey in LA before, and Courtney’s always been hanging around. When you’re thinking about ‘who represents the peripheral thing of our cultural trip in the ‘90s’, who better represents that better than Courtney? We don’t try and make too much of a big thing about, it needed to be organic. We didn’t ask a million people, these are the [people] we wanted to participate. With them and The Killers guys, it was one of the most fun nights.”

Yeah, and you got the half of The Killers that won’t even play with The Killers.

“Right? There are those who are killing and those who have been killed! They’re amazing and super fun to play with. We’ve been friends for a long time.”