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Ginger Pooley

Pooley performing with The Smashing Pumpkins on May 24, 2007 at Luxembourg
Background information
Born April 22, 1977 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Indie pop, Pop-punk, Alternative rock
Occupations Musician (guitarist, bassist, singer)
Instruments Bass guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1998-present
Labels Pineapple Heart Records
Associated acts The Smashing Pumpkins
Ginger Sling
Halo Friendlies
Lo Ball

Ginger A. Pooley (née Reyes; born April 22, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois), also known by her stage name as Ginger Sling, is an American rock musician of Mexican and Peruvian heritage. She is best known as the former touring bassist and a backing vocalist for the Chicago alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.[1] She is also a solo artist, and was a bassist of the California pop-punk band the Halo Friendlies.[2]


Early career

Reyes has had a long musical career, playing in bands and writing songs since her freshman year in high school. Her first band was The Israelites, a Christian ska band from La Crescenta, California. She later replaced Cheryl Hecht as the bassist for the all girl pop-punk band the Halo Friendlies.

She attended UCLA from 1998 to 2000 and has a degree in history.

Her 2004 music video for her song "Faith" was directed by Djay Brawner.

The Smashing Pumpkins

On April 6, 2007 rock rumor website Buddyhead reported that Ginger Reyes was the new bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins,[3] replacing former bassists D'arcy Wretzky and Melissa Auf der Maur, in the new line-up.

Reyes has taken part in three Smashing Pumpkins music videos: "Tarantula", "That's the Way (My Love Is)" and "G.L.O.W".

In March 2010, Pooley left The Smashing Pumpkins to focus on her family, stating: [4]

With sorrow and yet with much thankfulness for the opportunity to have played in the Pumpkins, I am sad to say that I can no longer tour with the Pumpkins. Although I've been blessed beyond belief over the past few years through playing with the Pumpkins, my priority now is to keep our little family unit together, which includes my husband and my baby.

Billy Corgan has subsequently announced open auditions to replace Pooley, with Mark Tulin playing bass in interim.[5]

Personal life

During The Smashing Pumpkins' concert on February 16, 2008 at the O2 Arena in London, Billy Corgan announced that Reyes had recently become engaged. She married Kristopher Pooley June 22, 2008 in Los Angeles. Kris is a professional musician who toured as Gwen Stefani's keyboardist and joined the Smashing Pumpkins on their 2008 20th Anniversary tour.

On April 6, 2009, it was announced on The Smashing Pumpkins' official website that Ginger and her husband Kris were expecting their first child later that year. It was announced via Twitter that on October 17, 2009 Ginger and Kris gave birth to a baby girl, Talula Victoria Pooley.


  1. ^ "The Smashing Pumpkins Reveal New Lineup". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Ginger Sling. "Ginger Sling". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. ^ Buddyhead. "Gossip 04.06.07". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  4. ^ Keith Phipps (2010-03-09). "Help Wanted: Pumpkins". The A.V. Club.,39018/. 
  5. ^ {{Cite web |url= |title= Smashing Pumpkins to hold open auditions for new bassist, keyboardist |publisher=[[San Diego News Network |date=2010-03-09 |accessdate=2010-03-09}}

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