Pearl Jam enlisted the help of local drummers after hitman Matt Cameron contracted COVID-19.
The musician was unable to perform with the band for the first time in more than 24 years on Thursday (12.05.22) and Friday (13.05.22), but instead of canceling concerts in Auckland, California, which had previously been postponed, Jeremy’s hitmakers approached locals drummers and asked to replace them.
While professionals Josh Klinghofer and Richard Stuverud performed most of the performances, local music teacher Josh Arroya got up on Thursday to play the last song of the band “Yellow Ledbetter”, and the next night teen Kai Neukermans, who plays in a band called The Alive was brought on stage to play ‘Mind Your Manners’.
According to TMZ, both men were carefully examined and selected before the performances, and it is believed that they had time to rehearse with the band, and not their appearance on stage was spontaneous.
Before falling ill, Matt helped his band honor the deceased fellow drummer Taylor Hawkins by taking the lead vocals on the cover of Foo Fighters’ 2005 song “Cold Day In The Sun,” which played on a microphone stickman, who died in March. during a concert in Los Angeles The Forum.
The musicians previously worked together in the Nighttime Boogie Association.
And when they embarked on their tour of San Diego earlier this month, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder paid tribute to Taylor, sharing his gratitude to his own drummer.
He said, “[Hawkins] released something very incredible and very special.
“We all miss him, and so, Matt, I feel sorry for your loss again. But it just gives us another chance to say how much we appreciate you too. ”