Nicole Fiorentino

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Nicole Fiorentino
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Fiorentino at The Key Club on Sunset on July 21, 2007
Background information
Birth name Nicole Margaret Fiorentino
Born (1979-04-07) April 7, 1979 (age 38)
Ludlow, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, The Cold and Lovely, Light FM, Radio Vago, Spinnerette, Twilight Sleep

Nicole Margaret Fiorentino (born April 7, 1979) is an American bass guitarist. Originally a touring member of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins (replacing Ginger Pooley and her temporary replacement Mark Tulin),[1][2] she became an official member in 2010. She performs on the band's albums Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (2009) and Oceania (2012).[2] Fiorentino departed the band in 2014.


Fiorentino was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Smashing Pumpkins, she was a member of Radio Vago, Chicago alternative act Veruca Salt, Spinnerette, Twilight Sleep, and Light FM, the last of which opened for Billy Corgan's one-off band Backwards Clock Society in November 2009.[1]

Within a February 17, 2011 post on Smashing Pumpkins' Facebook page, Fiorentino claimed she was one of the girls on the cover of the Pumpkins' 1993 album Siamese Dream. Although it was received by many fans to have been in jest, several news sources and a portion of the fan community believed this to be a genuine claim.[3][4][5] Rolling Stone suggested that Corgan had "decided to pull a Twitter prank".[6] Former webmaster, Paul Friemel, later claimed that both cover models had been located in 2007 and that neither was Fiorentino.[7]

In 2010, Fiorentino began working with Meghan Toohey under the group name The Cold and Lovely. In 2012 their debut album was released after it was funded through Kickstarter. The album produced one single and video for the song "Not With Me" released on April 24. The following year, on September 24, 2013, The Cold and Lovely released their sophomore record entitled "Ellis Bell EP".

In October 2013, Australian art rock band The Red Paintings announced Fiorentino would be performing with them as part of their new 'Wasps' stage show premiere live on AXS TV, October 7.

Fiorentino spent most of 2014 working with The Cold and Lovely. The group played a SXSW tour, supporting the re-release their Ellis Bell EP. They recorded a follow-up EP with new songs.[8] They went on a summer tour of the U.S. East Coast. In May 2014, Fiorentino provided backing vocals to London band, The Microdance's début album New Waves of Hope. In the fall of 2014, Fiorentino joined the band Night Terrors of 1927 on their fall tour.[citation needed] In September 2014, Corgan stated in an interview with that both Fiorentino and bandmate Mike Byrne were no longer members of The Smashing Pumpkins, citing different levels of commitment to the Smashing Pumpkins. However, Fiorentino and Corgan remain on amicable terms.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2012, Fiorentino has been married to her bandmate Meghan Toohey. Fiorentino, who identifies as lesbian, did not publicly disclose her sexuality until 2015, saying "The whole time I was in the Smashing Pumpkins, I was very vocal about my feelings on gay rights, but I never discussed it in terms of my own experiences. I just wasn’t ready at that point for my own reasons."[10]


With The Smashing Pumpkins

With Cold and Lovely

  • The Cold and Lovely (2012)
  • Ellis Bell EP (2013)

With The Microdance

  • New Waves of Hope (2015)

With Veruca Salt

  • IV (2006)

With Light FM

  • Let There Be Light FM (2009)
  • Buzz Kill City (2011)


  1. ^ a b "The Smashing Pumpkins Announce New Member, Bassist Nicole Fiorentino Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.". Press release. 2010-05-10.
  2. ^ a b Goodman, William. "Smashing Pumpkins Reveal New Band Member". Spin Magazine Online. 2010-05-11.
  3. ^ Various Authors."Bassist Nicole Was on Cover of Siamese Dream – Netphoria Message Board". Thread on fansite forum. 2011-18-02.
  4. ^ Various Authors."Nicole one of the SD Girls? – The Smashing Pumpkins Forum". Thread on official website's fan forum. 2011-18-02.
  5. ^ Gomez, Ricardo; Mapes, Jillian; Peoples, Glen; Rutherford, Kevin."Billboard Bits: Paramore Eyes Summertime for New Music, Pete Wentz ?Couldn?t Trust? Ashlee Simpson |". Online. 2011-18-02.
  6. ^ Greene, Andy."Is the New Smashing Pumpkins Bassist on the Cover Of 'Siamese Dream'? | Rolling Stone Music". Online. Rolling 2011-18-02.
  7. ^ "Pumpkins' former employee: We found "Siamese Dream" girls in '07 « Hipsters United". Online. 2011-24-02.
  8. ^ "Deluxe EP: Ellis Bell Video and interview w/ artist/director Katelan Foisy. Pledgers only!". 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Alexander, Anne. "The Cold and Lovely’s Nicole Fiorentino and Meghan Toohey are a married couple who sound oh-so-good together". February 4, 2015.

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