Jeff Schroeder, longtime guitarist of The Smashing Pumpkins, has parted ways with the band.
“The amount of incredible memories created over the last 16 years with the band are almost too numerous to quantify,” Schroeder writes in an Instagram post. “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 joined the Pumpkins alongside original members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain when they reformed the band in 2006. He remained with the group through various personnel changes, and was Corgan’s most consistent bandmate amid Chamberlain’s off-and-on stints. In 2018, the Pumpkins lineup solidified with Corgan, Chamberlain, Schroeder, original guitarist James Iha and live bassist Jack Bates.
“I want to thank Billy, Jimmy, James, and Jack for being both wonderful bandmates and even better friends,” Schroeder says. “I will absolutely miss sharing the stage with you. I wish the band all the success in the future. I will be watching and listening.”
In their own statement, Corgan, Iha and Chamberlain write, “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,” they add.
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