“I gave up hope on any future tours. I threw together a resume and sent it in, thinking it probably would get lost”: Kiki Wong reveals how she nailed her Smashing Pumpkins audition ahead of 10,000 other candidates

Kiki Wong
(Image credit: Jack Lue)

At the start of 2024, the Smashing Pumpkins announced they’d be holding a worldwide open audition to identify a new electric guitar player, who would be tasked with replacing the outgoing Jeff Schroeder.

After 10,000-plus applications (including one from GW’s very own Michael Astley-Brown) and a lengthy deliberation process, the alt-rock icons named Instagram shredder Kiki Wong as the successful candidate.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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