Congratulations (I guess) got out to young Mike Byrne of Beaverton, who has just been officially selected by Billy Corgan as the “drummer of the future” for the remnants of the group known as the Smashing Pumpkins. We reported this a few days back, but now it looks official.

Take it away, smashingpumpkins.com:

Speculation has been running rampant across the internet and airwaves today due to a few posts that have appeared online (HipstersUnited.com | SP.com) regarding the young drummer Mike Byrne.

SP.com can finally announce that Billy has been working with young (19) Mike Byrne on demos. Word from the studio is that Mike is an exceptionally talented and gifted drummer and things are going very well.

This is the most exciting news since the release of Blinking with Fists. (55 used from $0.34.)

End Hits: Thanks to a 10pm curfew, I missed the second half of a SP show on the Gish tour. Damn you, mom.