Now a fully ingratiated, trusted and hugely respected member of Pearl Jam in his own right, Cameron’s thirst for challenge reared its head as the call went out in early 2010 that Soundgarden were due to reform, with a world tour and new album in the works.
“No it wasn’t a quick process,” he half smiles, half grimaces on being asked whether putting the band back together came easily. “We started talking in 2008/2009 about updating our catalogue. We had a b-sides record we wanted to put out there was a Sub Pop record that was never released so we were trying to get that rolling and figure out some business stuff. Through that we decided to go out and play. Gee, we’re a band, let’s get in the room and see what happens. Then we had a gig at the Showbox in April 2010 and it was fantastic. We had such a good time we decided to pursue some gigs and take it slow. We got the Lollapalooza gig and from there it was my idea to make a record. That was the only reason I wanted to do it, to make a record. I didn’t need to go out and play more gigs, but I’m certainly happy that we’re able to do that and make all of the schedules work.”