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Old 08-09-2018, 09:48 AM   #1
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Arrow JIMMY CHAMBERLIN Interview, Chicago Sun-Times 2018/08/08

Jimmy Chamberlin on Smashing Pumpkins tour, ‘cheerleading’ for Columbia College

https://chicago.suntimes.com/enterta...chicago-music/

By Selena Fragassi - For the Chicago Sun-Times
08/08/2018



Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins perform during the opening night of their Shiny And Oh So Bright"tour at Gila River Arena on July 12, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.

It was 30 years ago, in 1988, that a nascent local band called The Smashing Pumpkins was first starting to play its crunchy psych rock for handfuls of in-the-know concertgoers at Chicago’s famed Avalon and Cabaret Metro clubs. With the help of ‘90s mega producer Butch Vig, the band’s landmark debut album “Gish” was released in 1991, quickly followed by the sophomoric aftershock of “Siamese Dream” in 1993 that came to own a substantial corner of alt rock real estate and defined the sound of Generation X.
While The Smashing Pumpkins has naturally outgrown those early roots, on the latest 41-date arena tour there is a definite return to form, starting with the reunion of three of the original band members: frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who have not toured together in 18 years.
“The chemistry between us is unmistakable. It was immediately apparent when we did finally play together at that Ace Theatre show [a surprise gig in March 2016],” says Chamberlin during a break on the band’s current Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour. The road show arrives Aug. 13 at the United Center (with a second show Aug. 14) on the heels of that news making 30th anniversary show in Holmdel, New Jersey, which featured guests such as Courtney Love.
With Billy and James starting to talk things out, it really led to the genesis of where we are now, and the relationships have never been in a better place. I feel like we’re all old enough to be in the band now,” Chamberlin adds, laughing. “When you’re young it’s more difficult to navigate. You’re talking about three individuals that basically grew up together, which at times wasn’t always easy.

While seeing the trio together again is a feat, notably absent from the tour is original bass player D’Arcy Wretzky. A series of posts that went viral earlier this year featured back-and-forth allegations by both her and Corgan of what led to the demise of their musical collaborations, and the damage appears to be permanent. “I’m not in the prediction business but at this point I think the concrete is dried,” says Chamberlin, who pivots the conversation instead to talking about the contributions of touring bassist Jack Bates, son of New Order/Joy Division great Peter Hook.
“We were all such big Joy Division and New Order fans and a lot of the bass on the early Pumpkins stuff was reminiscent of that type of playing anyway, so to have a genealogical participant who understands that material is pretty unique,” Chamberlin says. The touring band is further fleshed out by well-oiled guitarist Jeff Schroeder as well as keys and backing vocals from Katie Cole. There are also production touchpoints from creative cohort Linda Strawberry, who collaborated with Corgan on the short film, “Pillbox,” which accompanied “Ogilala,” his solo album released last fall.


Musicians Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins perform at the Troubadour on June 27, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“Linda and Billy came up with some really incredible visuals for the tour that, for the first time, are in lockstep with the lyrics to the songs in a way that only the person who wrote the lyrics could do,” says Chamberlin of the night’s full experience that spans three hours and celebrates the band’s best works like “Rhinoceros” and “Soma” along with covers. He adds, “It’s been fun for me as somebody who participated musically to see where Billy’s head was at when these lyrics were written.
Chamberlin, Corgan and Iha recently returned to the studio to pen new material too, including the newest single “Solara,” working alongside pinnacle producer Rick Rubin. “The art is certainly flowing again in the best possible way,” says Chamberlin, noting that 16 new songs were churned out in three weeks, half of which will likely be released still this year. “Absolutely everybody is fully committed to this new journey.


Chamberlin has also recently committed to a new role, having joined the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees in February. The father of two had previously been on the board of his children’s former Montessori school in Lake Forest where he says, “I really saw the impact that education can have not only on individual students but on their families and the greater culture. I’ve gotten so much from the entertainment industry and so much from my musical journey that I’m always looking for ways to give back and Columbia seemed like a natural fit.” He continues, “They are such an incredible institution that lets [students] explore the outer reaches of their creativity in a way that gives them confidence.”

In his downtime from touring and working as CEO of the media and tech-minded company Blue J Strategies, Chamberlin tries to work closely with the college’s student affairs committee to be “a cheerleader” for the school. “I feel like my job is to get [students] to see how valuable they are. Chicago reaps so many benefits from its art community whether it’s the blues bars to the institutes to the artists. Those are the things that identify the city and I think art will be critical to moving things forward.”

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Old 08-09-2018, 10:05 AM   #2
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:18 PM   #3
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Bro ram died I am so sorry

 
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:58 PM   #5
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:47 PM   #6
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I don't understand the "coolness" of saying you made 16 songs in three weeks. Sounds like a term paper that gets written the night before. IDK

 
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:23 AM   #7
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what the heck does jimmy's tech companies even do?
I picture him as a CEO of those things (or as a school board member) as the dude that just sits there and never says anything or contributes... he's just a seat filler.
kind of like in the pumpkins - yet in the pumpkins he can fucking play the drums.

 
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:09 PM   #8
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NEW podcast interview with Jimmy at "Drummer's resource" by Nick Ruffini:

461 – Jimmy Chamberlin: The evolution of an icon
January 14, 2019/in Podcasts /

Jimmy Chamberlin has had no shortage of success behind the drumkit as the founding and longtime drummer of Smashing Pumkins. Accolades aside, what’s been even more impressive to witness is the evolution he has gone through throughout his career. Never one to settle, Chamberlin is constantly reinventing himself not only behind the kit, but also mentally and spiritually focusing on being present and living in the moment. This openness and eagerness to be the best version of himself has lead him down a road of self-awareness and discovery, evident in his playing; particularly on the latest Smashing Pumpkins record.

Jimmy Chamberlin talks about:
Recording The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest record
Working with Rick Rubin
Why demo takes sometimes end up on records
How to avoid changing unnecessarily for the sake of changing
Why musicians have a responsibility to be themselves and encourage uniqueness
Why emotion transcends more than technique in music
Musician’s skills that benefit pursuits outside music
His advice for kickstarting new projects
His visualization practice
The Smashing Pumpkins’ plans for 2019
Much more

https://www.drummersresource.com/jim...in-interview2/

Download link:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/b/5/d/b5d6...e6c5e047d249a2


Much more indeed: the first minutes they are talking about Jimmy's cats and dogs...
The talk about the "reunion tour" began in October 2017. Live Nation should have only asked about the involvement of James. At least Jimmy doesn't mention D'arcy in any way in this new podcast.


For those who missed the one from two years ago:

248 – Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins): Rock, Revelry and Redemption
February 27, 2017/in Podcasts /

Jimmy Chamberlin, the founding and long-time member of the mega-band, The Smashing Pumkins has had a wild ride…and it’s just getting started. Since the 80s he’s been the driving force behind The Pumpkin’s success, serving as not only their drummer but also as their long term strategists while running their entire global touring business. Jimmy’s tenure came to a screeching halt after a misfortunate incident in ’96, only to be reinstated in the band in 1998. The time since has given Jimmy a new perspective on fame, success, and what’s truly important in life. Although still technically a member of Smashing Pumpkins, a lot of Jimmy’s time is dedicated to the tech and investing world, serving as CEO of LiveOne before starting his own company, Blue J Strategies.

Jimmy Chamberlin talks about:
How he got into playing drums
The early years of The Smashing Pumkins
Early Big Band influences
Listening to non-genre specific music
The Jim Gordon Story
Rise to fame and the trappings of it
Drugs and the subsequent fallout with the band
Finding what’s most important in life
Advice for musicians
His new love for tech and media
Transiting into the role of CEO and founder
Much more

https://www.drummersresource.com/jim...lin-interview/

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https://www.drummersresource.com/jim...lin-interview/

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When you follow the mentioned Facebook link of Jimmy...

https://www.facebook.com/Jimmy-Chamb...0987656283777/

...his last post is from March 2011...: "Check out the new band, Skysaw".

https://www.facebook.com/skysawmusic...ntions&__xts__[0]=68.ARA_jJ8kxLV16tkzb3rPfvPZvbwiDx46NekPMeGDWrxexd P0jArVCQ7VZrBK29vZE3vLXuD47-wd73IbOStY3_U54EIL2mD8t2fqMBZKj1HhsoIo8B-L8SflP0_m7PYwM3loCt7rm5Kc-TwWTbKZ8LjILdewP4gksk_LAPWnW8sSzkFE6DIOGC0zPfSht91 ocPHxE9Uab7x1BUXvQvwPC4Kv5GSR5XZd9Xge1ZpnzJtrQEKD9 HzXB4A6Zy5ByKgHE2eXSYySrLDTDdSQD50xG-l1gB7qrTRxpXK07Dgph1vgzX3M7CAIxjklZar-TAQepJ9UOCTF6ACezkh-OZWkTx42ObFOfU49gLzUUa0

...which were his new band and lastet for one year.

 
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When you follow the mentioned Facebook link of Jimmy...

https://www.facebook.com/Jimmy-Chamb...0987656283777/
Jimmy should call Greg Plutz

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Old 01-14-2019, 09:13 PM   #11
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omg Rick had Jimmy dumb down the drum part to Travels! Jimmy had fills and shit lined up and Rick was like "nnnahhhhh"

Fuck you Rick!

 
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