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The Smashing Pumpkins Reveal New Guitarist Kiki Wong

The band received over 10,000 applications after putting out an open call for a new touring guitarist.

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Source: Kiki Wong; Jason Renaud

'It’s been an absolute wild ride,' Wong said.

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At the beginning of the year, the Smashing Pumpkins put out an open call for a new touring guitarist to replace longtime sideman Jeff Schroeder, who left the band in October after 16 tears.

They received over 10,000 submissions, and after whittling down the applications and holding in-person auditions in Los Angeles, Billy Corgan and company have finally announced the newest addition to the lineup.

Kiki Wong, a social-media famous guitarist who has performed with Taylor Swift, Usher, Bret Michaels, Nylon Pink, Hellfire Heart, Vigil of War, and more, will join the Smashing Pumpkins on the road alongside fellow touring members Jack Bates (the son of Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook) and Katie Cole.

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“Reviewing the work of these incredible musicians was a herculean, albeit worthy effort,” said Corgan. “First off, I really want to thank everyone who submitted materials for consideration. It wasn’t an easy decision with how much great guitar playing we were lucky enough to hear and see over the past few months. I was a fan of Kiki’s before she submitted her name to be considered – and it’s great that someone of her acumen will be part of our touring family. I can’t wait to hit the road with Kiki as part of our mad circus. It’s definitely an exciting moment for the Smashing Pumpkins to be this busy with touring in 2024. We’ll see you all this summer!

“It’s been an absolute wild ride, but I am beyond honored and humbled to be chosen to perform alongside some of rock's greatest and most influential musicians of all time,” Wong added. “I never thought little ole 15-year-old me playing metal guitar in my bedroom would amount to this moment. It goes to show hard work and perseverance truly pays off if you’re willing to push through the tough stuff, so never lose hope out there. I am so grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to share the stage with the legendary Smashing Pumpkins!”

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Wong will make her debut with the Smashing Pumpkins this summer when the band heads out on a massive tour of the UK and Europe with Weezer and Interpol followed by a massive tour of North America with Green Day, Rancid, and the Linda Lindas.

Check out the Smashing Pumpkins' full confirmed tour itinerary below.

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June 7 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena^

June 8 – London, UK – The O2^

June 10 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena^

June 12 – Glasgow, Scotland – Hydro^

June 13 – Manchester, UK – Co-Op Live^

June 14 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff Castle^

June 16 – Paris, France – Accor Arena**

June 19 – Moenschenglabach, Germany – Sparkassenpark (outdoor)^^

June 21 – Hannover, Germany – ZAG Arena^^

June 22 – Berlin, Germany – Wuhlheide^^

June 24 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle^^

June 26 – Zagreb, Croatia – Inmusic Festival

June 28 – Luxembourg - Luxexpo^^

June 29 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy^^

June 30 – Antwerp, Belgium – Live is Live

July 2 – Gilwice, Poland – PreZero Arena Gilwice^^

July 4 – Prague, Czech Republic – 02 Universum*

July 6 – Lucca, Italy – Lucca Festival**

July 10 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool

July 11 – Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive

July 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla Festival

July 16 – Athens, Greece – OAKA Indoor Arena**

July 29 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park***

July 31 – Muskoka, ON – Kee to Bala

August 1 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre***

August 3 – Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival

August 4 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Bank Amphitheatre

August 5 – New York, NY – Citi Field***

August 7 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park***

August 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park***

August 10 – Hershey, PA – HersheyPark Stadium***

August 13 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field***

August 14 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

August 16 – Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair

August 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field***

August 20 – Des Moines, IA – Vibrant Music Hall

August 21 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

August 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ballpark***

August 24 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field***

August 27 - Simpsonville, SC - CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park

August 28 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park***

August 30 – Nashville, TN – Geodis Park***

September 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park***

September 4 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park***

September 7 – Denver, CO – Coors Field***

September 10 – Southaven, MS – BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove

September 11 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field***

September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium***

September 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field***

September 20 – San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park***

September 21 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort

September 23 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park***

September 24 – Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest

September 25 – Portland, OR – Providence Park***

September 27 – Las Vegas, NV – BleauLive Theater inside Fontainebleau Las Vegas at Fontainebleau

September 28 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park***

^ w/ Weezer

^^ w/ Interpol


** w/ Tom Morello

***The Saviors Tour with Green Day


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