MATT CAMERON FIGHTS BACK AGAINST BILLY CORGAN’S ALLEGATIONS ABOUT SOUNDGARDEN

Not too long ago, Billy Corgan made the comment that Soundgarden was simply reuniting for the money, and although it may have taken some time, Matt Cameron is fighting back. When asked about Corgan’s remarks on a radio interview for Pittsburgh, PA’s WXDX-FM, Cameron remarked:

“I watched a couple of interviews that he did, kind of recently, where he was just talking about the current music scene, and I kind of agree with him on a lot of stuff,” he said. “I think Billy’s a super-smart guy. I personally would never, sort of, begrudge another musician for having a gig. Because that’s kind of what we do this for. Ultimately, we do it for ourselves as artists, but when you can connect with an audience, small or large, that’s kind of what keeps you going.”

Cameron also stated: “I mean, I certainly understand why people would question bands that reunite… So, I’ll just leave it at that.” Source

  • Spoonman

    i wish he would have told billy to fuck off

  • Blind Lemon

    lmao! yeah i wish he’s beat Billy with his drumstick!…play drawing flies in billie’s bald head!

  • http://twitter.com/adamhewett Adam Hewett

    i’m proud of matt’s response, very classy.

    billy wouldn’t know the type.

  • thefreewheelinmarkarm

    He’s way too nice but its respectable to not want to add any fuel to the fire. The album sales will speak for themselves no matter WHAT the reason was to reunite.

  • flipmod666bitches

    Fighting back? He said he agrees with him. Lets don’t try to be Spin magazine or Rolling Stone now.

  • SG FOR LIFE

    AWW I’m kinda really disappointed that Matt wasn’t more… angry? Yeah, i guess.

  • Pete

    Sound like he agrees with Billy.

  • Hailey

    Matt is such a darling. Especially with handling that in the mature fashion that he did. Great job, Matt!

  • Jaf

    Billy Corgan’s a dick. Why the fuck would Cornell and Cameron need money? Matt’s doing well with Pearl Jam and Cornell has money coming out of his ears.. As far as Kim Thayil and Ben Shepard are concerned, I’m pretty sure they do well enough off any royalties and side projects.

    Why doesn’t he just lump Dinosaur Jr. and the Melvins in there as well? Two bands that are a perfect example of the fact that money isn’t their prime motivation. Fuck off BIlly.

  • http://www.twitter.com/six7six7 Joe

    Not a surprise that a member of Pearl Jam turned out to be a class act with his comments.

  • Brett Buchanan

    Still waiting though for Matt’s official apology to STP!

  • Dillsnufus

    billy is just jealous because his band could never reunite with the original lineup because they hate him

  • Tony

    Cameron kept it clean and professional cause hes a good dude. Corgan is just a trash talker and if they did get back together for money big deal we fans need to enjoy this and just stop buying Smashing Pumpkin albums so he can whine about money lol.

  • JSD

    Ben would be the one to tell Billy to fuck off

  • http://fuckyesjimmychamberlin.tumblr.com Epiphany Thomas

    As much of an SP fangirl I am, I am on Soundgarden’s side with this. I don’t believe that Soundgarden got back together for the money, I do believe that they have a profound love of music and wanted to do this for the fans. I commend Matt for being as respectful as he was when commenting, despite BC’s comments.

    -Epiphany.

  • Fsh

    Classy response. Billy should feel more like a dipshit now.

  • Spoonman

    you and me both brett!!

  • PJfan

    FWIW, Shepherd was basically homeless back in 2010, so he most certainly needed the band back together

  • Twilly

    Corgan’s such a twat.

  • Creep

    I love you Matt Cameron :)

  • GenXLady

    I agree with others here. This was a classy way to stay above the fray of mud slinging. He sort of says what he needs to say between the lines, without being an ass.

  • Max

    “Matt Cameron Responds” would have been a lot more appropriate. Well said from him. He says “kind of” a lot I’m noticing.

  • MAYAN CALENDAR 2012

    WELL ONE THING IS FOR SURE IN ALL OF THIS :) IF YOUR LAST NAME STARTS WITH THE LETTER C , YOU ARE DOING IT FOR THE CASH 😉

    HAHAHA

    CHRIS CASH CORNELL
    BILLY CASH CORGAN
    MATT CASH CAMERON

    HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A NEW PUNK TRIO?
    CORNELL CORGAN CAMERON
    CCC :) HAHAHA

    BY THE WAY ?? DRAWING FLIES?? OHH PLEASE THAT SONG IS TOO SLOW FOR A HARD HEADED MOTHER FUCKING PUNK ASS LIKE BILLY TEABAG CORGAN, HE NEEDS A SLOWER SONG LIKE BLACK HOLE SUN :) ONE BEAT AT A TIME 😉

    HAHAHA

  • HannahNirvana

    Matt Cameron rules

  • Deviate

    Mayan, Shut the fuck up already.

    Brett, you seriously need to handle this Mayan trolling garbage. I’ve ignored it and kept my mouth shut for a while, but I have trouble enjoying the site for any musical discussion anymore. I think the site is great, and you and the contributors do a great job despite a lot of harsh criticism. I’m not telling you how to run it, but his never ending bullshit is ruining it for everyone. Let him shit up every other site/forum if he wants, but at least draw the line on your own so your readers will be able to enjoy legitimate discussions.

    He doesn’t attract traffic, he attracts other trolls, and it costs the site credibility. But do as you wish.

  • BlownUpWorld

    Deviate, I agree with you 100%. This site has become an idiotic joke, primarily due to little miss mayan and her desperate grabs for attention. Enough already!!!

  • Patrick

    Matt keeps it classy.

    I still think Mayan is Brett. And I think it’s genius.

  • Spoonman

    im with deviate but disagree with blownupworld. i still love the site, mayan is just one small con against a huge list of pros

  • http://twitter.com/kimmiefg Kimberly

    Wait.. what did Matt say about STP?!

  • MAYAN CALENDAR 2012

    :) FUCK YOU ALL I WONT QUIT UNTIL YOU ALL LEAVE ME ALONE

  • zobi

    smart and classy man.

  • chicago_animal

    Matt could have had a field day with Billys Tea Shop if he wanted to.lol

  • Nick

    Guys, it’s fine for artists to like money, they have bills too. It’s also ok for them to make lots of it, in fact some artists may have developed expensive tastes due to their work, which heavily relies on their taste! Most if not all of my favorite grunge bands have expressed that their reason for playing was not to have to work a day job. Mudhoney, Melvins, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, TAD. And I’m sure most readers here have read enough interviews to know that. Do any of you think less of them for it? Does anyone here deny that artists release music to sell it, not “share it with the world” or some other dopey shit? It’s their job. They do it for the money.

  • Staley_Forever

    Matt Cameron. Classy, confident, intelligent, modest, comical and extremely underrated and talented.

    Billy Corgan. Insecure, self absorbed, rude, classless, a diva and very overrated.

    That is my two cents.

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    The reality is, for some bands, in order to fund your art, you have to go back and dust off your cash cow. It’s how U2 (Bono) is able to take case and fly around trying to save the world, it’s how Pearl Jam and Jane’s members are able to tour solo projects on a small scale, we all know it. The bands I question are when Dead Kennedy’s tour without Jello because they got the right to the name in court. That to me is sort of crap. But for Billy to slag anyone with all the problems he has trying to decide if he wants to continue to be a Pumpkin or not is simply to be taken with a grain of salt. Billy knows simply from the repackaging and re-release of Gish, Siamese Dream, and P.Iscariot, that you have to have revenue coming in to fund your ‘art’. So, no big deal.

  • BillyL

    Fuck class. I’d take that bitch down. You don’t shit on other artists for no reason.

  • http://www.nonexistentreality.blogspot.com Scott McLean

    We expect too much as fans sometimes and we want it to be the ’90s but it isn’t.

  • Russ

    Perfect answer in my eyes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOGS/278155020723 runawaydog

    hey guys, stop talking shit and go to iTunes, you can now listen to previews of every song of King Animal ! ! !

  • The Garden of Sound

    Alright everyone, lets just act like Mayan Calendar doesnt even exist because thats clearly what he/she wants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOGS/278155020723 runawaydog

    I’m already in love

  • SuperSG

    Runaway Dog

    No you cant

  • runawaydogs

    I just did.

  • The Garden of Sound

    how, because i checked both USA itunes and Japans itunes, and there isnt anything besides the USA version of BATL

  • MAYAN CALENDAR 2012

    YOU CANT DENY THE PROMISE THAT WILL FULFILL YOU, IT WANTS TO KILL YOU, ARE YOU READY TO DIE??? THE COLD IS STRANGE, YOU KNOW MY NAME

  • Megamania

    It’s interesting that Cameron basically says Billy’s right and he agrees with him; he just shouldn’t have said it. Ironically, Billy only made the comment in response to Cornell, who attacked him publicly for no reason.

  • The Garden of Sound

    “You can’t deny the prize it may never fulfill you. It longs to kill you, are you ready to die? The coldest blood runs through my veins, you know my name”.

  • The Garden of Sound

    Cornell didnt attack Billco.

  • MAYAN CALENDAR 2012

    LOOK LOOK , YOU PEOPLE HAVE GOT IT ALL WRONG OK??? THIS IS ALL JUSTIN BIEBERS FAULT, IF ONLY HE AND THE REST OF THE POP CULTURE DIDNT MESS UP THE MUSIC WORLD. WE WOULDNT BE FIGHTING OVER WHOS THE BEST GRUNGE COMEBACK BAND STORY ON THE YEAR OK??? BILLY CORGAN AND CHRIS CORNELL AND EDDIE VEDDER AND SCOTT WEILAND GO WAY BACK AND I MEAN WAY WAY WAY BACK TO PRESCHOOL :) IVE KNOWN THESE BOYS SINCE I WAS IN PRESCHOOL . THEY WOULD PLAY IN THE CORNER AND GET ALONG :( SO ITS SAD TO SEE ALL THESE GUYS ALL GROWN UP AND BITTER OVER THE WAY ROCK N ROLL MUSIC HAS BEEN OK?? ITS NOT THEIR FAULTS, THEY HAVE STARTED FEUDS BETWEEN EACH OTHER. WHEN YOUR AS BIG AND FAMOUS AND SUCCCESSFUL AS SOUNDGARDEN AND SMASHING PUMPKINS AND STONE TEMPLE PILOTS AND PEARL JAM, WORDS WILL BE USED TO TAKE EACH OTHER DOWN WHEN REALLY BILLY CORGAN IS JUST TRYING TO ENCOURAGE SOUNDGARDEN TO WRITE BETTER GRUNGE ROCK MUSIC FOR THE FANS OK?? HE DOESNT WANT TO SEE SOUNDGARDEN SELL OUT IN SUCH A WAY THAT WILL TRIVALIZE OR DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF MUSIC THAT HAS LED TO SUCH POP TRASH NOVELTY MUSICAL ACTS LIKE JUSTIN BIEBER, RHIANNA, PINK AND OTHERS OK??? CHRIS CORNELL MIGHT OF MADE AN OFF COLOR COMMENT THAT THE PUMPKINGS WERENT REALLY REUNITING FOR THE BETTER , ONLY FOR A 1 TIME DEAL , THATS WHAT BILLY MISREAD AND BECAUSE OF THAT FALLOUT?? THERE IS A REAL MISUNDERSTANDING IN THE GRUNGE COMEBACK MOVEMENT OF TODAY. SO I SAY THE ONLY REAL WAY TO START THE HEALING PROCESS IS FOR BILLY CORGAN AND JOIN SOUNDGARDEN AS A PERMAMNENT MEMBER :) BESIDES LOOK AT THE NEW PUMPKINS?? THEY ARE A FUCKING BUNCH OF TEENAGE WANNABE POPSTARS ANYWAYS. WITHOUT JIMMY , JAMES AND DARCY YOU HAVE NOTHING BUT A TRIBUTE BAND. SO ITS TIME FOR BILLY CORGAN TO BITE BACK ON HIS PRIDE, AND GET TO WORK WITH THE NEW SOUNDGARDEN REUNION AND TIME TO BUILD THE EMPIRE THAT WAS ONCE GREAT: GRUNGE ROCK CITY OK???
    IM SERIOUS TOO!! AND WHILE WE ARE AT IT, SINCE SCOTT WEILAND AND STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ARE LOOKING DESPERATE FOR NEW MATERIAL AND THEY LACK THE CREATIVE VISION , MAYBE THEY SHOULD BREAK UP FOR GOOD THIS TIME , AND LET SCOTT JOIN BILLY CORGAN IN SOUNDGARDEN SO NOW SOUNDGARDEN SHOULD HAVE SCOTT WEILAND ON BACKUP VOCALS, BILLY CORGAN ON LEAD GUITAR, CHRIS CORNELL ON MAIN VOCALS, RHYTHM GUITAR, KIM ON LEAD GUITAR AS ALWAYS, BEN ON BASS AND MATT CAMERON ON DRUMS ALRIGHT?? LETS SETTLE THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL : LET SOUNDGARDEN BE THE FOCUS POINT OF THE NEW GRUNGE REVIVAL MOVEMENT AND BRING BILLY CORGAN AND SCOTT WEILAND TOGETHER IN A 6 MAN BAND :) STONE TEMPLE SMASHING SOUNDGARDENS :)

  • The Garden of Sound

    WTF?

  • Chainsgarden

    Shepard is the only one who needs money, he was homeless. But damn the rest for making another great cd and collecting money for it. I will bet anything that they will tour off this successful album and make millions for that as well. Those bastards!!! Now I’m going to leave, relax and put my eagle eye cherry cd on.

  • Chainsgarden

    Does anyone know when the previews will be up on iTunes for king animal?

  • Guns of Love Diastrous

    I see more agreement in Matt’s statement than disagreement with Billy.

    Also for your information, pretty sure Billy and Matt are fan’s of each others work. Matt Cameron played drums on Adore’s “For Martha,” which is pretty meaninful considering that song is about Billy’s Mother. Also, Billy has said that Matt Cameron was the only drummer of the 90’s that could match Jimmy Chamberlin.

  • The Garden of Sound

    @ chainsgarden

    A: which ones? Do you mean
    songs like Worse Dreams?

    B: In North America Been Away Too long is the only song available.

    C: Varies from country to country, because Asia doesnt even have BATL yet.

  • Chainsgarden

    When will there be a preview for every song all 13 in America

  • Mark

    Misleading title is misleading.

  • The Garden of Sound

    Well, according to Ranawaydog(s), you can already listen to them, but since I checked, which would be around 7 30 in the morning (East Coast), I could NOT hear them!

  • runawaydogs

    Im not lying. I went and checked iTunes store USA last night to see if it’s up. and there were 1min 30sec of each and every 17songs previews(Including 4 bonus tracks which are demos).

    I wonder why it’s not the headline news.

  • The Garden of Sound

    I did what you say you did, but I didnt get the same results. I even checked the Japanese Itunes…nothing.

  • Chainsgarden

    Nothing runawaydogs. They are not on iTunes yet.

  • Jaz

    Ugh, I love Matt.

  • runawaydogs

    Am I really the only one??? Trust me I heard them all, what was on latest King Animal snippet you all thought was Rowing is actually Black Saturday. I only listened to them once, because I think it would take the joy away when I get to listen to the whole thing. But I can honestly say it all sounded great, it really did sound like progressive version of DOTU, had classic SG twist to them, maybe a bit heavier. There was one song that sounded like Until We Fall, but it didn’t sound like Audioslave. Oh and Bones Of Birds sounded amazing. kinda reminded me of Zero Chance a little, but it’s got a big chorus. First 5 songs were all pretty aggressive, hard rocking tunes with Kim’s weird riffs and Matt’s signature wicked rhythm pattern.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOGS/278155020723 runawaydog

    OK now I’m home and am listening to it right now on iTunes USA.
    here’s the lyrics to Black Saturday, could be wrong but this is what I hear:

    Do that for me, It’s the least that you can do.
    Don’t be afraid, I will do the same for you.
    Burn out and remember you’ll be ever breathing
    ’til I’m born again.

    I was thirsty, I remember that you gave me some water.
    I was hungry, everything in once again be no trouble (?)
    I was crying, I remember that you gave me a shoulder.

    (chorus)
    Do that for me, it’s the least that you can do.
    Don’t be afraid, I will do the same for you.
    Turn out, I remember you’ll be ever breathing ’til I’m born again.
    Born again.

    (then comes that riff of King Animal snippet)

    this one reminds me of Burden In My Hand a lot, not just because of the word “Thirsty” was in it, but also that mandolin-like acoustic guitar sound on verse, and the way he sings too.

  • The Garden of Sound

    sorry Runawaydog(s) but Ive come to denounce any unofficial lyrics since that A-K stupidity occured.

  • Chainsgarden

    Runawaydogs I’m calling bs.

  • Whip

    In reference to Brett’s comment: what happened between Matt and STP?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOGS/278155020723 runawaydog

    > Garden Of Sound + Chainsgarden : sorry if you guys haven’t heard it yet, but I’m just telling you what I heard. and sorry I don’t understand some of your language, what is A-K? and does bs means bullshit? I don’t really care whatever you say, I still just can’t believe no one seems to have heard it yet. maybe you’re all too busy pissing each other or whatever…

  • Legend

    A-K was a homo who was mediocre but still better than Mayan at the art of trolling. He claimed to know false lyrics to Been Away Too Long before it came out, misleading a couple people…myself included…