According to Pitchfork, guitarist Jeff Schroeder has announced his departure from the iconic rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins, a decision he described as a means to carve out space for a new and different path. Joining the band during its mid-2000s reunion, Schroeder’s tenure with the group has spanned over 16 years, leaving behind a wealth of cherished memories and experiences.
While expressing gratitude to fellow band members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, and Jack Bates, Schroeder emphasized the profound camaraderie and friendship that defined his time with the band. He conveyed heartfelt appreciation for their collaborative journey, underscoring the impact of his decision to step away from the group.
It’s easy to say now that when I joined The Smashing Pumpkins in 2007 I had no idea what I was getting into. The opportunity seemed to have come out of nowhere. I was at UCLA working on my doctorate in comparative literature when a close friend messaged me and said The Smashing Pumpkins were looking for a guitar player. Being a huge fan of the band, the audition was something I threw myself into. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The amount of incredible memories created over the last 16 years with the band are almost too numerous to quantify. 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. I want to thank Billy, Jimmy, James, and Jack [Bates] for being both wonderful bandmates and even better friends. 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 response to Schroeder’s departure, Corgan, Chamberlin, and Iha collectively expressed their heartfelt appreciation for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the band and its fan base. Acknowledging Schroeder’s invaluable contributions, they conveyed a deep sense of gratitude for his unwavering presence during both the highs and lows of the band’s journey.
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’s departure marks the end of a significant chapter in The Smashing Pumpkins’ musical history, reflecting the changing dynamics within the band. Despite this transition, the band members conveyed their collective appreciation for Schroeder’s significant role and extended their best wishes for his future endeavors. As they navigate this shift, both Schroeder and the band are poised to embark on new creative paths, leaving behind a legacy of memorable collaborations and musical achievements.