Corgan Picks 19-Year-Old as Pumpkins' Next Drummer

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 2:35 PM CDT
Jimmy Chamberlin, left, and Billy Corgan of rock band The Smashing Pumpkins pose together after a ceremony to induct them into the Hollywood RockWalk in Los Angeles in 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After the departure of longtime—well, come-and-go—Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin and the audition of 1,000 hopefuls, frontman Billy Corgan has named a new drummer, the Chicago Tribune reports. And the kid’s 19. Oregon native Mike Byrne played with local groups before receiving the honor from the Chicago-based Pumpkins. “Dream come true, man,” he says on the band’s site.