Smashing Pumpkins bassist Ginger Pooley has left the band to raise her new baby with her husband along with her exit Corgan has also announced that auditions will be held (again) for a new keyboardist who is a fan of--and can play in the prog-rock style of--Jon Lord and Rick Wakeman. Ginger states,“With sorrow and yet with much thankfulness for the opportunity to have played in the Pumpkins, I am sad to say that I can no longer tour with the Pumpkins. Although I've been blessed beyond belief over the past few years through playing with the Pumpkins, my priority now is to keep our little family unit together, which includes my husband and my baby. Although I do plan on continuing to do music in different forms, my priority is for neither for my husband nor myself to be apart from our daughter so that we can raise her together. I wish Billy all the best and look forward to seeing the Pumpkins in the near future. I would also like to thank all of the Pumpkins fans for all of their support. I will see you at the Pumpkins shows!”

AUDITION INFO:

Bassists and keyboardists looking to play with The Pumpkins should send their background info (including age, a resume of any bands/recorded work), photos and performance web links -- via email only -- either to pumpkinsbass@gmail.com or pumpkinskeys@gmail.com. IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY musicians with video clips can be considered. Youtube.com type posts are perfect--that's how Mike was found!!! Final date for submission is March 31st.