PEARL JAM drummer Matt Cameron was compelled to overlook the band’s live performance final evening (Thursday, Might 12) in Oakland, California after testing optimistic for COVID-19. It was the primary time Cameron missed a PEARL JAM present since becoming a member of the band 24 years in the past. Touring member Josh Klinghoffer and longtime Jeff Ament collaborator Richard Stuverud crammed in behind the package in the course of the set. PEARL JAM additionally welcomed a fan to sit down behind the package for the live performance’s “Yellow Ledbetter” finale.
Klinghoffer was behind the package for set opener, a canopy of Neil Younger‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World”, in addition to “Aged Lady Behind The Counter In A Small City”, “Why Go” and “Corduroy”, earlier than Stuverud stepped in for the tracks “Fast Escape” and “Superblood Wolfmoon”.
Earlier than launching into “Why Go”, PEARL JAM singer Eddie Vedder instructed the group: “Matt Cameron is a real artist and he is a pressure of nature. Nonetheless, even his superhero standing couldn’t forestall him from testing optimistic. This rattling COVID factor yesterday. We have been scrambling for twenty-four hours as a result of after 25 months of… We have been speculated to be right here 25 months in the past. We have been ready and we have been ready. Suspending wasn’t an choice and for us neither was canceling. We did not wish to pull the plug and we could not pull the plug. We have got our group right here, we have our tools right here and, most significantly, you are right here. So, fortunate for us, we have now some associates, and certainly one of our associates has already been on our workforce this tour — the multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist enjoying behind the drum package proper now, Mr. Josh Klinghoffer. Just like the Shohei Ohtani of rock ‘n’ roll. Let’s let the shit hit the fan and hopefully it is good shit.”
Again in 2016, Cameron, who additionally sat behind the package for SOUNDGARDEN and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, was requested in an interview with The Entice Set to match working with SOUNDGARDEN to PEARL JAM. He responded: “It is simply totally different band dynamics on the whole… I feel my position in SOUNDGARDEN is a bit bit extra of a musical director position, whereas in PEARL JAM it is extra of a supporting within the rhythm part type of position. I feel the collaboration I’ve in SOUNDGARDEN is greater within the artistic realm, however I really feel very lucky to be in two actually unbelievable bands.”
The Pulse Of Radio requested Cameron some time again if he alters his type for both band. “I do not suppose I do,” he mentioned. “I imply, I am simply actually attempting to play my position in every group. I positively really feel like I help the vocal in each teams. The music across the vocal is a bit bit totally different. However that is the best way I’ve at all times thought of my drumming, is vocal-influenced. I have been fortunate sufficient to play with two of the perfect singers in modern-day historical past, so I feel that is at all times form of been my energy as a drummer.”