I was a top Noughties rocker but I traded fame to go back to uni and study

THE Smashing Pumpkins musician now has his head in the textbooks.

The legendary noughties rock group first emerged out of Chicago in 1988 and went on to snag two Grammy Awards, two MTV VMAs, and an American Tunes Award.

The iconic noughties band has endured various line-up changes


The iconic noughties band has endured numerous line-up adjustmentsCredit: AP:Involved Press
The Smashing Pumpkins recently announced a UK tour


The Smashing Pumpkins not long ago declared a United kingdom tour

With different line-ups over the years, the band is at the moment created up of Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha.

But the band’s former guitarist (becoming a member of in 2007) Jeff Schroeder, has pursued quite a distinctive line of operate.

Again in 2014, Schroeder was ending up his PhD in comparative literature at the University of California in Los Angeles, when he was questioned to be part of the band.

The former rocker specialised in Asian American literature, Francophone literature, and critical concept.

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Back in Oct, the tunes lover declared he would be leaving the band and hinted at returning to his roots.

Producing to the bands formal Facebook webpage, he stated: “It truly is straightforward to say now that when I joined The Smashing Pumpkins in 2007 I experienced no plan what I was receiving into.

“The chance seemed to have occur out of nowhere. I was at UCLA functioning on my doctorate in comparative literature when a shut friend messaged me and stated The Smashing Pumpkins have been hunting for a guitar participant.”

He went on to say: “It was a person of the greatest conclusions I’ve made in my daily life. The total of extraordinary recollections made around the final 16 many years with the band are practically far too numerous to quantify.

“While it was a pretty difficult choice to make, I have decided to depart the band to make some space to check out a a little bit unique path. I want to thank Billy, Jimmy, James, and Jack for remaining both great bandmates and even far better close friends. I will definitely pass up sharing the stage with you. I wish the band all the achievements in the long term. I will be seeing and listening.”

In October, the band also announced that they would be embarking on a co-headline tour with Weezer, throughout the British isles and Ireland.

The two famous bands will be hitting the highway with each other in summer 2024, kicking matters off at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena, and wrapping up their tour at Cardiff Castle.

Jeff Schroeder is embarking on a new journey


Jeff Schroeder is embarking on a new journeyCredit rating: Instagram / @jjjschroeder

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