How many members of the Smashing Pumpkins’ classic line-up are necessary to carry on operating under that name? The answer, apparently, is one—as long as it’s Billy Corgan. According to a new message on the Pumpkins’ MySpace page longtime drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin has left the band. But the message adds that Corgan will continue to write and record as Smashing Pumpkins and has plans to head into the studio this spring.
Of course, Corgan is the band’s main creative force, and its frontman. However, do you think it’s right that he should carry on as the Pumpkins? And can you think of another musician who has continued to sail under the flag of his band’s name in this manner? I’m sure there are a few—but my dangerously undercaffeinated brain can’t think of any.