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Despite their obvious musical chemistry and ability to sell albums by the truck-load, by the time 1997 came around Cameron and his Soundgarden buddies were sick of the sight of each other. After a tension-filled stint on the Lollapalooza tour they called time on the band.
But, Cameron wasn’t out of the limelight for long. After studio work with Smashing Pumpkins and an early incarnation of Queens of the Stone Age, he returned to Seattle and answered Pearl Jam’s SOS call.
He fills us in: “I got the call from Pearl Jam out of the blue after Jack Irons wasn’t able to commit to a tour that had been booked. Luckily I was familiar with all of the music and I was familiar with the guys.
“It really wasn’t that crazy of a transition for me because I knew exactly what they were about as a band. I was always really familiar with their sound and the types of songs that they were writing. Then the whole clash with fame issues that they had, I could sort of relate to that.
“There was a lot of common ground. If you’re bringing someone in outside of your familiar zone, sometimes it can take a long time to make that transition because once a band becomes big and tours a lot it really becomes a family and you have to depend on each other and trust each other. Sometimes it’s hard to bring in someone from outside of that group to be able to fit. It’s more than just playing songs.”