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Teenager Named New Pumpkins Drummer

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The Smashing Pumpkins have named 19 year old Portland, OR native Mike Byrn as their new drummer. The band had been holding open auditions since the previous drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin departed in March.

The Smashing Pumpkins have named 19 year old Portland, OR native Mike Byrn as their new drummer. The band had been holding open auditions since the previous drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin departed in March. “I’m super excited to be playing with the band,” says the stickman. “Dream come true, man.” Byrne also will join Corgan on an upcoming West Coast solo tour in late August as a member of Spirits in the Sky, the group the Pumpkins frontman assembled for a July 24 tribute concert honoring late Seeds singer Sky Saxon.