You never know what it might take to buy a ticket.
For a Pearl Jam fan, it meant jumping on stage to literally perform with the band, thanks in part to a positive COVID-19 test by current Pearl Jam drummer and grunge legend Matt Cameron.
20-year-old Josh Arroyo had the night of his life performing with the band on Pearl Jam’s show-closing song “Yellow Ledbetter”.
Cameron was unable to perform with the Seattle-born band when the group played in Oakland, California on Thursday night (May 12) due to a positive COVID-19 test. But the show had to continue, and Pearl Jam recruited a couple of friends – and a fan, Arroyo – to keep things going.
Along with Arroyo, touring Pearl Jam member Josh Klinghoffer appeared on the drum kit and played percussion on tracks as a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin ‘In The Free World”. Klinghoffer, who stands in front of his own group, Pluralone, also appeared on “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,” “Why Go” and “Corduroy.”
Drummer Richard Stuverud played on “Quick Escape” and “Superblood Wolfmoon”.
That’s when Arroyo stepped up to play “Yellow Ledbetter.”
In the video below, which was uploaded by a fan in Oakland, Arroyo can be seen talking to frontman Eddie Vedder before the group gets started on the song. Arroyo does a great job and impresses everyone present.
According to a fan in the comments section, “Eddie asked if there were any drummers in the crowd who would play,” said YouTube user Joe Booth. Josh jumped up and ran to the front island [sic]. Eddie saw his shirt, which listed all the PJ drummers. Then Eddie said, ‘Get him tested for COVID and take him out to the extras!’ The place was EMERGENCY! Epic PJ concert moment. Congratulations, Josh. Get ready! “
Pearl Jam (Photo: Danny Clinch