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Drummer Matt Cameron to Tour With Pearl Jam in 2014; Soundgarden Will Find Replacement Drummer

November 15, 2013

For the first time in years, both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden will be actively touring. Drummer Matt Cameron announced today that he will tour with Pearl Jam in 2014, and Soundgarden will find a replacement.

In a note posted on Soundgarden’s website, Cameron says he will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden due to “prior commitments promoting Lightning Bolt with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family.” Cameron continues, “I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden.”

Current Soundgarden members Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil are currently in the process of choosing a replacement. Soundgarden is scheduled to play several shows in 2014, along with multiple stops at Lollapalooza, suggesting they could be a staple along the festival circuit in the summer. Pearl Jam also has a few dates in 2014, but none that overlap with Soundgarden’s as of yet.

Cameron is a replacement drummer for both bands, first joining Soundgarden in 1986 after founding drummer Scott Sundquist left the band to spend time with his family. In 1998, Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons left the band due to health issues, prompting the band to reach out to Cameron shortly before their Yield tour. He has spent the years since with both bands.

Here is Cameron working his way (with ease) through "In My Tree," a song that is widely regarded as having one of the best drum tracks in Pearl Jam's catalog.


The dude that drums for Vince Neil is sick!!!!! They should call him.

By Lance - 11/15/13

I would not have expected such a lame move on his part. No overlapping dates? I can imagine the Soundgarden camp is not pleased

By Glen Stilphen - 11/15/13

Lame move? He has been Pearl Jam’s drummer for longer than he was with Soundgarden (both stints included). It would be lame if he didn’t commit to his prior engagements. Love both these bands but it is hard for me think it is lame for him to choose the more recent gig, fresh off a new album, over anything else.

By Aaron - 11/15/13

This would’ve been a perfect opportunity for Dave Abbruzzes to jam back with Pearl Jam!!!!
(I know, I know they fired him and Matt Cameron is great..)
But there’s no doubt that Dave was a crucial part of the original PJ sound.

By Jay - 11/24/13

Abbruzzes was the third drummer. Dave krusen played on Ten, then Matt Chamberlain was drummer briefly…then Abbruzzese…he was on VS and Vitology. Dave Krusen is a bad ass…I think soundgarden should see what he’s up to.

By Jerry - 12/02/13

Dave a was pearl jams best drummer

By highmoon57 - 12/10/13

Soundgarden should ask Dave Grohl what he’s up to. He has been filling in and stating up new bands till he cows come home. Get him. His energy level is the shit. And maybe they could throw in one cover from Nirvana and the Foos

By Todd - 02/01/14

Good freakin, idea, Todd!

By Bony - 04/24/14

Nick man I have the two drums, and we will protect them for all Seattle’s’ history and honor we all appreciate Pear; am, and Soundgarden.,

By David Smart III - 10/31/14

Soundgarden also will be touring a new album, but Cameron committed to PJ’s tour first. Dave Grohl filling in for Soundgarden is one of the best ideas I think I EVER heard, Todd! That’s Jesus good!

By Rachel - 01/24/15


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