Jeff Schroeder is leaving the Smashing Pumpkins, the guitarist and his former bandmates announced in jointly shared statements today. “Although it was a very difficult decision to make, I’ve decided to leave the band to make some space to explore a slightly different path,” Schroeder explained. “I wish the band all the success in the future. I will be watching and listening.”
In their statement, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha said: “We thank Jeff for his ceaseless dedication to the band and our great fans. Words can not express our gratitude and appreciation for the friend he is, and being there for SP in the good times and the tough times, too.”
Schroeder joined the Smashing Pumpkins when the band reunited in the mid-2000s, initially serving as a replacement for founding guitarist James Iha (who eventually rejoined the band and played alongside Schroeder). He did not perform on the 2007 comeback album Zeitgeist, but did take part in the accompanying tour. His first studio album with the group was 2012’s Oceania, and he went on to play on Monuments to an Elegy, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., Cyr, and this year’s Atum.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha: