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The Smashing Pumpkins announces Kiki Wong as their new guitarist

Author Arto Mäenpää - 29.4.2024

The Smashing Pumpkins, the iconic alternative rock band, have welcomed Kiki Wong as their latest guitarist, marking a significant addition to their lineup. Known for her versatile talents showcased in her band Vigil Of War and her influential presence on social media platforms, Wong steps into the role previously held by Jeff Schroeder.

Earlier this year, The Smashing Pumpkins initiated open auditions for the guitarist position, receiving an overwhelming response of over 10,000 applicants by mid-January. Speaking about the band’s newest member, frontman William Patrick Corgan expressed:

“Reviewing the work of these incredible musicians was a herculean, albeit worthy effort. 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! –William Patrick Corgan“

In a separate statement, Wong expressed her gratitude and excitement:

“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. 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! –Kiki Wong (@kikiwongo)”

The band released a collective statement on April 26th, officially welcoming Wong:

“The news you have been waiting for has finally arrived! SP is excited to officially welcome highly-skilled veteran guitarist Kiki Wong. Kiki joins the band’s touring lineup of Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha, along with mainstays Jack Bates and Katie Cole. Please join us in welcoming Kiki to the SP family. We will be sharing more in the coming weeks but in the meantime see more of Kiki here: @kikiwongo (IG, TikTok)”