“Even though we went through some really rough and confusing years, I feel like the band is in a better place than when I joined”: Jeff Schroeder opens up about his departure from the Smashing Pumpkins

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder
(Image credit: Travis Shinn)

On October 23, 2023, Jeff Schroeder, an anchor of the Smashing Pumpkins guitar squad since 2007, announced that he was departing Billy Corgan’s iconic alt-rock outfit, saying, among other things that he planned to "explore a slightly different path."

Fans who witnessed the Pumpkins rise in the '90s often cite Corgan and James Iha as the band's primary guitar talent, but from 2007 onward – especially with Iha out of the band until 2018 – Jeff Schroeder was nothing short of essential.   

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.