The Smashing Pumpkins are looking for a new guitarist – anyone can apply, but securing the position won’t be easy. Here are 5 things you need to nail to get the gig

Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins perform during the 2023 BottleRock Napa Valley festival at Napa Valley Expo on May 26, 2023 in Napa, California.
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On Friday, the Smashing Pumpkins set the internet ablaze by casually announcing they were seeking a new guitarist – and anyone can apply.

“The Smashing Pumpkins are in search of an additional guitarist,” the band’s social media post reads. “The application process is open to anyone who might be interested.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.