The Jam must go on.
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron had to miss a show in Oakland, Calif., On Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 – but that didn’t stop the band from rocking out to their fans.
Especially a 20-year-old superfan named Josh Arroyo, who was asked to join the band on stage for the show’s closer, the 1991 crowd-pleaser “Yellow Ledbetter.”
A video uploaded on YouTube shows the moment when Arroyo, wearing a T-shirt with the names of the band’s drummers, walks into a well-lit stage under cheers from fellow fans.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, front man Eddie Vedder told the crowd that they would simply not cancel Thursday’s show, their first in the Bay Area in nearly a decade.
“We couldn’t let that happen. We couldn’t do that to you guys, ”he said. “Matt Cameron is a true artist and he’s a force of nature. However, even his superhero status could not prevent him from testing positive. This damn COVID thing yesterday, we’ve been scrambling for 24 hours. ”
A person who attended the show gave more details of the impromptu fan performance on a YouTube comment.
Vedder had asked the crowd if there were any drummers who would want to play with them, the person wrote. Arroyo jumped up and ran towards the front. When Vedder saw his shirt, he said “Get him tested for COVID and bring him out for the encore !,” according to the YouTube comment. “The place went NUTS! Epic PJ concert moment. Congrats, Josh. Get set! ”
Drummer Richard Stuverud and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, touring member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers, also played drums on a few songs.
Thursday marked the first time Cameron missed a show since joining the band 24 years ago, according to Spin.