The Smashing Pumpkins name Nicole Fiorentino new bassist

Fiorentino played in Veruca Salt, others

The Smashing Pumpkins have named Nicole Fiorentino as their new bass player. Which means just one thing: all you bassists out there hoping for a spot in the band are out of luck.


Billy Corgan and new Smashing Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino. Image: ©Kristin Burns 2010 courtesy of Smashing Pumpkins.com

Back in March, head Pumpkin Billy Corgan announced an online search for a new bassist and keyboardist. So if you're a budding pro-rocker who plays in the style of Jon Lord or Rick Wakeman (two keyboadists Corgan cited in his posting), you've apparently still got a shot.

As for Fiorentino, she will be joining Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder and drummer Mike Byrne in new lineup

Prior to joining the Pumpkins, the Los Angeles-based musician has been in such bands as Veruca Salt, Spinerette, Radio Vago, Twilight Sleep and Light FM. The latter group appeared at a Los Angeles benefit concert last November headlined by the Corgan-led band Backwards Clock Society. (Proceeds from that show went to Laura Masura, the former head of The Smashing Pumpkins' fan club who was injured in a motorcycle crash).

It is said that Fiorentino will perform with the Pumpkins on their world tour later this year, a jaunt that will include headline performances at two Summersonic festivals in Japan: 7 August in Tokyo (Marine Stadium) and 8 August in Osaka (Maishima).

Recently, The Smashing Pumpkins released - online and for free - the song Astral Planes, the final track to be issued for the EP Teargarden By Kaleidyscore Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor, the first of what will eventually be 11 EPs to be sold in record stores.

Teargarden is set for an official release on 25 May through Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures as a limited-editon collector's EP.