Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron pulled out of the band’s Oakland concert last night (May 12) after testing positive for COVID-19.
This was the first time in 24 years that the concert stick was lost with the band.
As a result, touring member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer took over drumming on a number of tracks including Neil Young’s’ Rockin ‘In The Free World’, ‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small’ Town ‘,’ Why Go. ‘and’ Corduroy ‘.
Longtime band collaborator Richard Stuverud was behind the drums for “Quick Escape” and “Superblood Wolfmoon,” before fans took the lead over the final show with “Yellow Ledbetter.” You can see the images below.
It comes six days after the band paid tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins during their Los Angeles concert at The Forum, performing the 2005 song “Cold Day In The Sun.”
In the original version of the song Hawkins was the lead voice, and for the Seattle band’s performance, Cameron played.
Cameron and Hawkins have previously worked together in the band Nighttime Boogie Association, releasing two songs together – “Long In The Tooth” and “The Path We’re On” – in 2020.
Last week, Pearl Jam took another moment to remember Hawkins at the start of their “Gigaton” tour in San Diego. “[Hawkins] he was playing something very incredible and very special, “Vedder told the audience at that concert.” We all miss it, and for that matter, Matt, I’m sorry for losing you again. But it also gives us another chance to say how much we value you too. “
The Foo Fighters were scheduled to headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival before the drummer’s death, but canceled all tour dates after his death. The Red Hot Chili Peppers dominated the festival bill and paid tribute to Hawkins during his performance.