Soundgarden played its first show with new temporary drummer Matt Chamberlain on Thursday night (March 27th) in Lima, Peru, kicking off a series of South American dates. Chamberlain is sitting in for drummer Matt Cameron, who has bowed out of most of Soundgarden’s 2014 activities due to previous commitments with Pearl Jam and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Soundgarden posted a message online just before launching the new tour, saying, “We’d like to officially welcome Matt Chamberlain who will be playing drums with us in South America, and for the summer. Can’t wait to see you all soon!”
- Soundgarden will head out on a co-headlining tour of North America this summer with Nine Inch Nails, beginning on July 19th in Las Vegas.
- Ironically, singer Chris Cornell told us that Soundgarden was supposed to take 2014 off:
- “Initially it was going to be nothing, and now it’s pretty full. So that’s good, yeah. I think it’s good too because you know, we’re out together, playing music, progressing as a band, you know, beyond where we ever were. Going to new places somehow as a group, understanding who we are and changing things in a natural way as we go. The songs are evolving, we’re evolving, it’s all very good.”
- Matt Chamberlain is well known as a session drummer, having appeared on over 200 records, including projects by Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie.
- Soundgarden will head to Europe in June after finishing its South American run.