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Jimmy Chamberlin

Now out of the Pumpkins, he joined Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Jimmy Flemion (The Frogs) to form the band The Last Hard Men, which later, again in 2001, will release a self-titled album.

In 1999 Billy Corgan announced Chamberlin’s reintegration into the band and so three years after being kicked out, “Machina / The machine of God” was released followed by a world tour. In 2000 the band broke up again but the adventure of Chamberlin and Corgan continued however in 2001 when they formed the Zwan, which broke up in 2003.

Chamberlin then attempted his usual career, forming a new group, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, which recorded the debut album in 2004. He released his debut album, titled “Life begins again”, on January 25th, 2005. This album includes “Loki Cat”, in which we find the friend of a lifetime Billy Corgan on the voice. The sounds are definitely different from the days of the Pumpkins, here Chamberlin finds his jazz and blues influences, but despite being a well-made album, he doesn’t find the commercial success he hoped for.

Since then musical collaborations with his friend Corgan have been numerous, including an album and a tour with Zwan and another tour with the name The Smashing Pumpkins, but without involving the two other historical elements of the band.

“I never put a mess during the recordings” JC

From 2011 to 2015, Jimmy was the CEO / co-founder of LiveOne Inc. a data analysis company dedicated exclusively to transforming the way live video content on the net is viewed and monetized worldwide. Under the leadership of Jimmy, the company has experienced 300% growth and has been recognized as one of the most promising start-ups. The key to the success of Live One was Jimmy’s experience both as a content and consumer creator, as well as his knowledge of the monetization of cultural movements.

Currently, he continues his career as an entrepreneur in parallel with music. It is, in fact, the reunion of the Smashing Pumpkins, with new discs and world tour, which has already touched Italy in October and will do it again in the summer of 2019 at Firenze Rock.


His is a particular and immediately recognizable setup. He recorded his first album Gish with a Pearl and then switched to the Yamaha / Sabian pairing already from Siamese Dream. His basic setup consisted of 4 toms and two timpani (Siamese Dream tour) and 3 toms and 3 timpani for the 1996 Mellon Collie Tour, where he replaced the Zildjians with the Sabians, and then returned to the Zildjians from 2000 to 2007. I found all the precise info.

In 2011 he announced his move to DW, performing with a Copper Lacquer Specialty prototype, maple, and mahogany placed VLT, without reinforcement rims, with chrome hardware. Obviously without the Signature snare, left to Yamaha. In 2015 he changes again joining the Sakae family playing a 22 × 16 case, 13 × 9 toms, 8 × 7, 10 × 8 and 14 × 14 and 16 × 16 timpani with a 14 × 6 maple snare drum.

Currently, with the return of the Smashing Pumpkins, he returns to the Yamaha brand.


Jimmy Chamberlin has recently stated that he doesn’t use any kind of clutter in the studio, he never used them and cares about what the sound engineers think. He considers the scordatura an old practice, and he doesn’t want to know how to put anything on the skins.

Jimmy said he hated Pro Tools and never used the click, even in studio recordings. “The era of Pro Tools is over. I can’t be emotionally tied to something recorded with the metronome, I’m too much a fan of jazz and music, in general, to keep up with things like these. People want to hear human beings make music, not a Macintosh G5. ”

Before each life, Jimmy Chamberlin plays for about two hours as a warm-up.

His non-drummer idols are: Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Burt Bacharach, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Beck, Dave Holland, Cole Porter, Brian Wilson, Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, Moses Allison, Oscar Peterson, Lee Morgan.


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April 2021