December 1 [7:55 EDT] -- Matt Cameron has confirmed he's joining the Smashing Pumpkins in the studio, but the former Soundgarden drummer stopped short of saying he's joining the band.
Cameron, in Vancouver, Canada for a drum clinic, stated that he'd be doing sessions starting this week with the Pumpkins but also added he was continuing to work with The Wellwater Conspiracy, another current project. Cameron has a number of bands on the go including Hater and Cavedweller. Most recently (November 20), he played a Seattle bar with Josh Homme's Queens Of The Stone Age, and is slated to appear with them again December 11.
The Smashing Pumpkins will play their last concert with touring drummer Matt Walker, formerly of Filter, opening for the Rolling Stones in Miami on December 5. Walker was brought in following the departure of Jimmy Chamberlin, who was fired from the group after the drug-related death of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. The Pumpkins camp had always maintained
that Walker was not a permanent replacement. As we reported earlier this month, Walker announced he'd be vacating the Pumpkin drum stool and concentrating on his own band, Cupcakes, who have been signed to DreamWorks.
Meanwhile, the Pumpkins are set to start in earnest recording what they are calling a kinder, gentler follow-up to the edgy, massively successful "Mellon Collie And The Infinte Sadness."