18-year-old drums for Pearl Jam as Matt Cameron continues COVID recovery

Pearl Jam was joined by an 18-year-old to play the drums at a performance in Oakland, California this weekend – check out the footage below.

Legendary Seattle drummer Matt Cameron was retired from the band’s current tour after testing positive for COVID, so they recruited the independent drummer.

Pearl Jam was joined by a drumming fan at their Oakland performance on Thursday (May 12), with touring member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer also taking over. drumming duties for a series of songs including Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, ‘The Old Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town’, ‘Why Go’ and ‘Corduroy’.

With Cameron still in isolation, Saturday’s show (May 14) also saw the band casting another independent drummer for a song.

Kai Neukermans joined the band for the song “Mind Your Manners” in 2013, and told Chronicles of San Fransisco that, after hearing Cameron wasn’t available to play the show, he texted Olivia, the daughter of Pearl Jam head Eddie Vedder, whom he had met on a previous occasion.

He was then invited to submit a video of himself drumming to Pearl Jam, a song he skipped school to perform and ended up on stage at Oakland Arena.

Fan-filmed footage shows Vedder telling the crowd during the show: “Everyone this is Kai; Kai this is everyone! You’re leading the band, brother. ”

Watch the video below.

Last week, Pearl Jam honored late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins during their LA concert at The Forum by performing the 2005 song ‘Cold Day In The Sun’.

The original version of the song featured Hawkins as lead vocals and, for the Seattle band to perform, Cameron took over the singing duties.

Cameron and Hawkins previously worked together in the band Nighttime Boogie Association, releasing two songs together – “Long In The Tooth” and “The Path We On” – in 2020.

Earlier this month, the band took another moment to remember Hawkins as they kicked off their ‘Gigaton’ tour in San Diego. “[Hawkins] Vedder told the crowd at that concert. “We are all missing him, and so, Matt, I once again apologize for your loss. But it just gives us another chance to say how much we appreciate you too. “

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Emma James

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