Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron: “I haven’t joined the Foos”

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is denying that he’s joined Foo Fighters in place of the late Taylor Hawkins.

In a since-expired Instagram Story, viewed by ABC Audio, Cameron writes, “FYI the internet rumors are false, I haven’t joined the Foos.”

Cameron’s comments are seemingly in response to a report published by the U.K. tabloid The Sun earlier this month, which quoted a source saying Cameron was a “front runner” to play drums with Foo Fighters for their upcoming comeback shows beginning in May. The Sun reported that Against Me! drummer Atom Willard, who’s also played with Angels & Airwaves, was in the running, as well.

“Primarily it will be Matt but Atom will be on rotation with him,” the source is quoted as saying. “They have both been rehearsing at Studio 606, the Foos’ studio.”

Hawkins passed away March 25, 2022 — one year ago last Saturday. Foo Fighters headlined two massive tribute concerts to Hawkins last September. On New Year’s Eve, Dave Grohl and company announced that they intended to continue on as a band without Hawkins.

Foo Fighters’ first show back is currently scheduled for May 24 in Gilford, New Hampshire. The group has not yet officially announced a replacement drummer.

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