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Article: Smashing Pumpkins Find a New Bassist

Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins Find a New Bassist

Once again Bully Corgan is in the news for personnel changes in his current incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins. This time it’s concerning his newest female bassist. Whether it’s simply his preference, or the need for a female backup vocalist, or maybe it’s just because everyone loves to look at a hot girl playing bass, the newest Pumpkin is Nicole Fiorentino. Announced in the past couple days, Fiorentino has joined Corgan in the studio, and will be joining the band on the road in the coming months. This report comes from the bassist’s myspace page. The new member replaces Ginger Pooley, who left the Pumpkins in March. Fiorentino succeeds original member D'arcy and her replacement Melissa Auf der Maur. She will be playing with the current line up of guitarist Jeff Schroeder and drummer Mike Byrne. The new member does have a long musical history. She played with Brody Dalle's Spinnerette, Louise Post's incarnation of Veruca Salt, and also spent time in bands like Twilight Sleep, Radio Vago and Light FM. Keep an eye on www.smashingpumpkins.com for tour dates and any other random stuff Corgan decides to allow the world to know.

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