Departed Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin: “I Won’t Pretend I’m Into Something I’m Not”

Departed Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin: “I Won’t Pretend I’m Into Something I’m Not”

While a good chunk of the music media’s heads were turned towards Austin last week, Billy Corgan announced via press release that founding member/badass drummer Jimmy Chamberlin had quit the Pumpkins. No reasons were given. Many reasons were assumed. Now Jimmy’s taken to the internet to make things a little clearer, calling the resignation a “positive move.” He’s probably right.


By now you have heard the news of my departure from the Smashing Pumpkins. I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me. I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess. I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, “Cash the check” so to speak. Music is my life. It is sacred. It deserves the highest commitment at every level and the Pumpkins are certainly no different. I’m sorry but it really IS that simple. There is no drama, bad blood, or anything else but a full commitment to music. My best goes out to Billy and I’m glad he has chosen to continue under the name. It is his right. I will continue to make music with the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex as well as pursuing other musical interests. I feel that I have a long way to go and a lot to give. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support through all of this. I am constantly humbled by all of you! It is an honor and a privilege to play music for a living and I don’t take it for granted not even for a second.

Stay tuned……. JC

Guess Jimmy’s just not that into the idea of singles for Nickelback nation. Thanks for the heads up on this, Josh H.

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