Vocals, guitar: Billy Corgan; born on 17/03/1967 in Elk Grove Village (Illinois leg, USA)
Guitar: Jeff Schroeder; born on 02/04/1974 in Silver Lake (California, USA)
Bass: Nicole Fiorentino; Born in 1979 in Ludlow (Massachusetts, USA)
Drums: Mike Byrne; born on 06.02.1990 in Portland (Oregon, USA)
Guitar: James Iha
Bass: Melissa Auf der Maur
Bass: D'arcy Wretzky
Keyboard: Lisa Rae Harriton
Drums: Jimmy Chamberlin
Singer and guitarist Billy Corgan took after the failure of its Gothic band a job at a record store in Chicago, where he met James Iha. The two began to write songs under various influences. In 1998, they met bassist D'Arcy Wretzky which joined the newly formed band. The first appearance had Smashing Pumpkins on 09/07/1988, yet without Wretzky, in a Chicago bar. As a trio followed the first appearance on 10.08.1988 in Avalon nightclub. Since the Metro owners agreeing to a commitment of the group with a real drummer, previously served a drum machine as a substitute, came a short time later the jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on a recommendation made by the group. The first appearance of the Pumpkins Full cast followed on 05.10.1988 at the Cabaret Metro
The debut single "I Am One" was published in 1990 in a limited version with a local label and was only a short time later sold out. Then came the second single "Tristessa" following which the Smashing Pumpkins were able to complete their first recording contract. The debut album "Gish" was brought into the record 1991 production costs amounted to just $ 20,000. The resulting extracted single "Rhinoceros" reaching even minor airplay on the radio. The end of 1991, the group switched to Virgin Records. To promote the album was the group as the opening act for the likes Guns 'N' Roses or Red Hot Chilli Peppers on tour. During this tour, it was also used for the Smashing Pumpkins to the so typical for rock bands problems in the '90s: James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky lived through not clean break their relationship, Jimmy Chamberlin became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and Billy Corgan suffered deep depression ,
In the wake of the breakthrough of alternative rock by the Grunge, in the pot, the band was thrown, also came Smashing Pumpkins in Aufwärtssog. This private reportedly the group became well under appropriate pressure a really good album to have to deliver. During this time the album "Siamese Dream", which was published on 27.07.1993 and number ten on the US Billboard 200 and reached position four of the UK album charts originated. The cost of production amounted now up to 250,000 $. The strategy drummer Jimmy Chamberlin by faraway from home Location of the drug and its resources cut proved fallacy.
The next album release was the double album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" which shot straight to the top spot on the Billboard 200 in the fall 1995th The Smashing Pumpkins have been awarded 9 times platinum and the album went double's Best Selling Album of the Decade in history. The resulting decoupled lead single "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The following year, the band went to Billy Corgan on a world tour. The singer impressed the appearance of his time with a shaved head, a black long-sleeved shirt printed with "Zero" and silver pants. The band also made a guest appearance in The Simpsons episode "Homerpalooza". On this tour, there were several momentous incidents. First, a 17-year-old audience member came in the mosh pit at a concert in Dublin (Ireland) died, then tour keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and drummer Chamberlin put a heroin overdose, what the former died and the drummer was kicked out of the band. The group, the tour decided to continue with replacement staff what Billy Corgan later called the biggest mistake in the band's history, as it had damaged the reputation and the music of the Smashing Pumpkins.
After the band could not find a permanent replacement for the out cast Jimmy Chamberlin, found the recording of the album "Adore" usually only three instead. Although critics sympathetically recorded the work it was called due to the specimens just over 800,000 sold in the United States as a flop. The proceeds of the subsequent 17 concerts comprehensive tour went one hundred percent to local charities at the venues. 1999 Finally, the Smashing Pumpkins Chamberlin took back to their ranks. The reunion of the original setup, however, was short-lived, because in the autumn of the same year D'arcy Wretzky for drug problems left the group and was shortly replaced by Melissa auf der Maur. After the commercial flop of the album, "Machina" Billy Corgan announced on 23.05.2000 the separation of the band. The last concert was on 02.12.2000 in Chicago Metro across the stage. Years later, Billy Corgan was then James Iha to blame for the resolution, he did not even from your colleagues adopted after the last concert. The former members went to their own projects.
And on the appearance of Billy Corgan's solo album "The Future Embrace", the 21.06.2005, he was in the Chicago Tribune turn a full page ad, in which he announced his plan to reunite The Smashing Pumpkins. On 06.07.2007 then the first album of the group since 1999 under the title Zeitgesit. It made the jump to second place on the Billboard 200, number four in the UK, a position in Canada and seven in Germany, Holland, Australia and Portugal. In spring 2009, Chamberlin left the band again, but Corgan announced further below the famous band names to want to make music. It was later learned that the drummer was fired again. The second album after the break was called the "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope". The 44 individual songs should gradually appear as a free download on the Internet.
2014: Monuments to at Elegy
2010: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor , Widow Wake My Mind / A Song For A Son , Astral Planes / A Stitch In Time
2009: Teargarden By Kaleidyscope , Bonus EP
2008: American Gothic , G.L.O.W.
2007: Zeitgeist , Tarantula , That's The Way (My Love Is)
2005: Rarities And B-Sides
2001: Rotten aplles , Judas O
2000: Machina / The Machines Of God , Machina II / The Friends Enemies Of Modern Music , Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88 , The Smashing Pumpkins , Still Becoming Apart , Stand Inside Your Love , Try Try, Try , Untitled
1999: The Smashing Pumpkins 1991-1998
1998: Adore , Ave Adore , Perfect
1997: The End Is The Beginning Is the End , The End ... The Remixes
1996: The Aeroplane Flies High , zero , 1979 , zero , Tonight, Tonight , Thirty-Three
1995: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness , Live In Chicago 23.10.95 , Bullet With Butterfly Wings
1994 Earphoria , Siamese Singles , Pisces Isacriot , Disarm , Rocket
1993 Siamese Dream , Cherub rock , Today
1992 Peel Sessions , I Am One
1991: Gish , Lull , Siva , Rhinoceros
1990: I Am One , Tristessa
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