Matt Cameron Leaving Soundgarden Through 2014 to Focus on Pearl Jam

"This is temporary, I am still an active member of Soundgarden," the drummer explains.

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Drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden announced that he will be taking a year off from the band due to his obligations with Pearl Jam and the promotion of their latest effort "Lightning Bolt." "Hello Knights of the Soundtable faithful," Matt kicked off in an official website announcement. "I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring 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. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career." Cameron went on to reassure the fans about his position in Soundgarden. "This is temporary," he notes. "I am still an active member of Soundgarden. Chris (Cornell), Ben (Shepherd), Kim (Thayil) and I are in the process of finding the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014. Thank you all for listening and the years of support!" Matt's been playing in Soundgarden since 1986 and joined Pearl Jam in 1998, a year after Chris Cornell and co. went on over a decade-long hiatus. More info on the substitute drummer is expected to surface soon. The latest Soundgarden studio effort, "King Animal," dropped in November 2012 via Seven Four Entertainment.

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    Fair enough, considering he practically kickstarted Soundgarden's reunion.
    Agreed. Given I'm a little disappointed, but it's only temporary so I'm ok with it and I respect his reasons.
    I say Chris and Ben grab a couple acoustic guitars and write, then have Kim and Matt come in in a year or so and put out an awesome new album.
    Harry Marsh
    The show won't quite be the same without him but its good to know he isn't just getting kicked out or leaving because he has lost interest. There is going to be some high expectations from everyone about the substitute though!
    Man, it's tough being a Soundgarden fan hearing this. But good for Matt. One of my favorite rock drummers and deserves anything good that may come his way. Jimmy Chamberlain would be a nice fit for Soundgarden this year though..
    I can't be the only surprised that the title wasn't misleading for once. Normally, I'd expect to see something like "Matt Cameron Leaving Soundgarden to Focus on Pearl Jam."
    How nice, to be a drummer for 2 arena-filling bands. One could only dream of that kind of life. He's earned it.
    It'd be cool if Soundgarden and Pearl Jam toured together. Then he could be in both bands at the same time. Though playing that much back to back would start to take its toll on him halfway through said tour....
    Dave filling in would be too awesome, and the world would divide by zero.
    Oh maaaaan! I saw this news just a couple of minutes after finding out that on this leg they're coming to my country for the first time. It will still be awesome to finally see them but I wish it was the whole band.
    Am I the only one who wants Dave Grohl to stand-in for Matt, just for the show-element?
    Realistically, Dave Grohl wouldn't be that bad of a choice, it's just 2014 is going to be a big year for the Foo Fighters, according to the man himself.