Matt Cameron tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and for the first time in his 24 years as drummer of Pearl Jam, he was forced to attend a concert. But the show has to go on, and so on Blabbermouth reports, Pearl Jam went through the Thursday, May 12 show in Oakland, California with help behind the kit from Josh KlinghofferRichard Stuveru, and, for the last time, a fan was taken from the audience.
“Matt Cameron is a real actor and he’s a force in nature,” frontman Eddie Vedder told people. “However, even his superheroism doesn’t stop him from testing positive. This crazy thing at COVID yesterday. We scrambled for 24 hours because after 25 months of… We would have been here 25 months ago. We waited and we waited. Postponement is not an option and for us there is no cancellation either. We don’t want to pull the plug and we can’t pull the plug. We have our group here, we have the our tools are here and, most of all, you are here. ”
He immediately introduced one of the main drummers of the night, who had just joined Pearl Jam as a tour member in September. “So, luckily for us, we have some friends, and one of our friends is already on our team on this tour-the multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist who plays behind the drum kit today, Mr. Josh Klinghoffer. Like Shohei Ohtani in rock ‘n’ roll. Let’s let the shit hit the fan and hope it’s good shit. “
Klinghoffer used drum sticks on 11 of the 26 songs of the night, while Stuveru (a longtime Jeff Ament collaborator) grabbed 12, according to Setlist.fm. Vedder played two solo songs, which was the biggest surprise of the night reserved for the finale.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Vedder said before the finale, “Please welcome one of you: Mr. Josh Arroyo! ”
According to a YouTube comment from an alleged witness, early in the evening, “Eddie asked if there were any drummers in the crowd who wanted to play. Josh jumped up and ran towards the front island. Eddie sees his shirt, listing all of PJ’s drummers. Then Eddie said, ‘Test him for COVID and take him outside for the encore!’ The place has become NUTS! ”
Fan footage shows the moment Arroyo took to the stage, with Vedder mocking that she had to get a new shirt with her own name added below. Pearl Jam then launched a “Yellow Ledbetter” show to end the night in Oakland.
Previously, Pearl Jam removed the covers of “Rockin ‘the Free World,” and “Baba O’Riley,” as well as old classics like “Jeremy,” new favorites like “Easy Escape, “and so on. See selections from the concert below.
Pearl Jam has a few dates left on the US leg of their tour before they decamp for Europe. Tickets are available HERE.