Soundgarden Taps Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer as Fill-In

By Chris Atticus | Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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Soundgarden has tapped veteran drummer Matt Chamberlain to fill in for Matt Cameron on the band's 2014 tour dates, including Soundgarden's upcoming summer trek with Nine Inch Nails. Cameron will sit out the shows shows due to his live commitments with his other group, Pearl Jam. Chamberlain was briefly a member of Pearl Jam himself, joining the band for some touring in 1991 before the release of its debut album, Ten. He can be seen in the video for "Alive."

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd told us that Cameron can step back into the lineup whenever he feels like it: (Cornell) "Whenever he wants to come out, he's coming out. And he can change his mind, you know, and we can take out a..." (Shepherd) "We got another guy with the same initials playing drums for us, so it makes it really easy." (Cornell) "I'm not really sure what his schedule is. For sure though, when we start working on whatever our next record will be, and any decision we make, he's an absolute member of the band, you know." .