The group are looking for a new bassist and keyboard player

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has launched open auditions to find a new bassist and keyboard player to replace Ginger Pooley after she quit the band last week.

The auditions aren’t the first Corgan has held – last year they replaced drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the same way.

“We were lucky enough to find drummer Mike Byrne through an open audition process,” Corgan explained. “So why not open the doors again to anyone who might be interested for the bass or keyboard position.”

He added: “As you can see from our past and present, age, race, or a person’s background is not an issue. Everyone is truly welcome to audition.”

Hopefuls are being asked to send background information, photos and performance web links to or, with the final date for submissions being March 31.

Meanwhile, The Smashing Pumpkins have recently released the next free song in their ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ series called ‘A Stitch In Time’.