In a new interview with Illinois Entertainer, Billy Corgan discussed the Smashing Pumpkins’ recent lineup changes, and credited guitarist Jeff Schroeder for initiating the idea:
“I looked around, and I thought Jeff was the only person who really understood what I wanted to do, and was on the same page. In many ways [he] was more hardcore about what the band needed to do emotionally and spiritually than I was, because I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it any more. Jeff sort of cracked the whip and said, ‘We’ve got to take this to another level, or let’s just move on.’ So I responded to that, and Tommy was part of that. It’s like okay, if we’re going to go here, well let’s find somebody who can take it up to even another notch, and he’s definitely that type of musician.”
The Smashing Pumpkins recently fired drummer Mike Byrne, and did not invite bassist Nicole Fiorentino to the studio and have hinted at her exit. Tommy Lee joined the band as the studio drummer for the new album Monuments to an Elegy.