“I may not be the absolute best player out there – in fact, I know I’m not! But what I have is an undying love for guitar and heavy metal”: Kiki Wong landed the gig of a lifetime with the Smashing Pumpkins – and she knows she has big shoes to fill

Kiki Wong
(Image credit: Jack Lue)

In November 2023, metal-loving shredder Kiki Wong told Guitar World that her long-term goals included “world domination,” while in the short term she wanted to “keep spreading the word of metal with my ridiculous videos,” adding: “and I hope I can have a few laughs and jams along the way.”

Six months later she’d make good on the former by way of the latter. Turns out her clips caught the attention of Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, and when he staged an open call to replace guitarist Jeff Schroeder in October 2023 – and 10,000 people appliedshe got the gig.

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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.