Pearl Jam lets a fan replace Matt Cameron on drums

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On Thursday night, Pearl Jam took the stage for a rousing three-hour set at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, Calif. This range of Pearl Jam, however, had never been seen before. That’s because longtime drummer Matt Cameron has missed his first gig since assuming the throne in 1998.

In Cameron’s place, touring guitarist and former Red Hot Chili Peppers member Josh Klinghoffer backed the kit for a number of songs while Seattle drummer and frequent collaborator with bassist Jeff Ament Richard Stuverud played the kit. rest of the concert. Although they had professionals holding the kit, Pearl Jam also let a fan named Josh Arroyo sit down for the show’s final song, “Yellow Ledbetter.”

The show opened with Eddie Vedder taking the solo stage to perform two covers, Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”. As the fifth gig on the band’s “Gigaton” tour, Pearl Jam debuted a number of classic songs for the first time during this ongoing Thursday night trek, including “Animal” and their covers of “You’ ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. ‘ by the Beatles, ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ by Neil Young and ‘Baba O’Riley’ by The Who.

“Matt Cameron is a true artist and he’s a force of nature,” Eddie Vedder told the crowd at one point. “However, even his superhero status couldn’t stop him from testing positive. That fucking COVID thing yesterday. We’ve been hustling for 24 hours because after 25 months of… We had to be there 25 months ago. We waited and we waited. Postponing was not an option and for us, neither was canceling.

“We didn’t want to pull the plug and we couldn’t pull the plug,” Vedder continued. “We have our group here, we have our equipment here and, most importantly, you are here. So, luckily for us, we have friends, and one of our friends has already been part of our team on this tour – the multi-talented, multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist currently playing behind the drums, Mr. Josh Klinghofer. “

Vedder even got a solid baseball reference, giving Klinghoffer props for being, “Like the Shohei Ohtani of rock ‘n’ roll. Let the shit hit the fan and hope it’s good shit.

Check out Klinghoffer playing the kit on “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Stuverud taking the throne for “Baba O’Riley,” and Arroyo blasting “Yellow Ledbetter” below.

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