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Drummer leaves Smashing Pumpkins

Drummer leaves Smashing Pumpkins

SMASHING PUMPKINS:Mike Byrne and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins perform in 2013. Photo: Associated Press/Barry Breheisen

Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne has quit the group.

Frontman Billy Corgan has confirmed the news in a new interview, weeks after it was revealed Motley Crue star Tommy Lee has been working with the band on new tracks.

Corgan said, “Let’s just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building.”

Lee plays drums on nine songs on the band’s upcoming album “Monuments To An Elegy,” and recently told Billboard, “I think he (Corgan) has probably the best record he’s ever written. These are, like, epic, goose-bump songs.”

Further details of Byrne’s departure were not available. The drummer appeared on two Smashing Pumpkins albums – 2009′s “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope” and 2012′s “Oceania.”

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