News

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.”

Recent Headlines

in National, Viral Videos

WATCH: The origin of fireworks

17-overlay

The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

in Viral Videos

Miami judge recognizes suspect as middle school classmate

20-overlay

A man charged with burglary is moved to tears when he realizes he went to middle school with the judge assigned to his case.

in Viral Videos

This cat doesn’t care about your yoga pose

23-overlay1

This adorable cat has mastered the art of passive aggressive protest.

in Viral Videos

Car jumps open drawbridge

13-overlay1

Talk about distracted driving!