Pearl Jam Lets Local Drummers Replace COVID-Hit Matt Cameron On Stage

Pearl Jam Lets Local Drummers Replace COVID-Hit Matt Cameron On Stage

Pearl Jam
Our Drummer’s Out With COVID …
Here are some locals for you!

5/14/2022 1: 22 PM PT

Pearl Jam was the embodiment of “the show must continue” this week. They found replacements to their COVID-stricken drummer… and did it with local talent no less.

Eddie Vedder and co. performed two packed shows in Oakland, CA this week — one on Thursday and one on Friday — and in both instances, he brought up skilled drummers from the area to help him and his band carry on the show in the absence of Matt Cameron.

Pearl Jam’s regular drummer got COVID. Shout out to the Bay Area music instructor who sat in at Oracle Arena’s drums. (Didn’t get his name. )

Hope every one of his students are here tonight.

— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) May 14, 2022

MC recently came to the aid of the ‘rona. However, Pearl Jam insisted that they continue with the Oakland gigs, as they’d previously pushed ’em back and didn’t want to do it again.

So, to help them move along, they employed a couple of pros by the names of Josh Klinghoffer and Richard Stuverud to carry a majority of the load through each performance — but for at least one song on each day, they also had some Oakland guys fill in.

The first guy was a music teacher reportedly named Josh Arroyo, who joined the band onstage for the final song, “Yellow Ledbetter,” and apparently did a heck of a job.

The next night, a teenager named Kai Neukermans — who plays in a band called The Alive — was brought on stage to take over drumming duties midway through the performance, for the song “Mind Your Manners,” and he too seemed to kill it.

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Now, before you think this was a spontaneous thing that happened on the spur of the moment, it absolutely wasn’t. Both of these amateur drummers were selected and scouted beforehand. We also imagine that they did some practice runs.

It’s still pretty cool that they were able to perform a Pearl Jam concert before thousands of people. This will raise your profile a little bit… there’s no doubt about that.

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