Jeff Schroeder, the dedicated guitarist of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, has issued a statement disclosing his departure from the band
In response to his exit, the remaining members of the group have also released a statement, both of which were shared on the band’s social media.
Schroeder writes: “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 that 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 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.”
The Billy Corgan fronted band also posted on Schroeder‘s departure, saying in a statement: “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.”
Jeff Schroeder‘s journey to join THE SMASHING PUMPKINS is a tale of talent, determination, and a deep love for music.
Schroeder‘s musical journey was characterized by a series of noteworthy experiences. He played in several bands, including THE LASSIE FOUNDATION and the critically acclaimed group, VIVA VOCE. These endeavors allowed him to refine his guitar-playing abilities and develop a distinctive musical style.
The pivotal moment in Jeff Schroeder‘s career came in 2007 when he was invited to join THE SMASHING PUMPKINS. The band was in the midst of a transformation, and the addition of Schroeder marked a significant turning point. His guitar skills, both dynamic and innovative, aligned perfectly with the band’s sound, and he brought a fresh energy to their music.
Jeff Schroeder‘s induction into the band solidified the band’s lineup, with Billy Corgan, the frontman and primary creative force, welcoming him as an integral part of the group. His exceptional musicianship and creative input added a new dimension to the band’s evolving sound.
— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) October 24, 2023