Last night, Peral Jam performed at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, Calif. as part of their Gigaton Tour. Drummer Matt Cameron was absent from the performance due to COVID-19; Pearl Jam made due by enlisting touring member Josh Klinghoffer, Seattle-based drummer Richard Stuverud and on one track, welcomed a local drummer from the band The Alive, Kai Neukermans.
The show started with Vedder performing a solo cover of Hunters & Collectors’ “Throw Your Arms Around Me.” He then introduced Klinghoffer’s Pluralone for the opening set during which Pearl Jam’s guitarist Stone Gossard sat in. Pearl Jam’s main set saw Klinghoffer and Stuverud switching off on drums. Klinghoffer kicked things off and opened the show with “Long Road,” “Given To Fly,” “Once,“and “Corduroy,” incorporated a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.”
Stuverud then took to the kit cover of Neil Young’s “Throw Your Hatred Down,” “Quick Escape,” “Dissident” and “WMA.” After “WMA” which saw both drummers squaring up, Vedder spoke into the mic. “This is very exciting for us. I saw this group play called The Alive and they just blew my mind. They’re pretty young for how hard they can play and how much impact they had,” said Vedder. “They were playing their own songs and then they had a Metallica cover that blew doors [open]. My daughter reminded me that they’re from here in Mill Valley. We reached them this afternoon. He hasn’t graduated high school yet. I think this is the year, right? Please welcome to the stage Mill Valley’s own Kai Neukermans!”
Neukermans joined them on stage for “Mind Your Manners,” off of 2013’s Lightning Bolt. After what was a core memory for Neukermans, Klinghoffer returned to the stage for “Brain Of J” and “Low Light.” Stuverud then hopped back in for “Even Flow” before giving the reins back to Klinghoffer for “Immorality” and “Do The Evolution.” They continued to switch off until they arrived at set closer “Rearviewmirror” which closed as Mike McCready smashed and tossed his guitar on stage.
Pearl Jam encored with Vedder and Ament on acoustic guitar for a stripped-down “Bee Girl.” The rest of the band joined them for “Smile,” “Better Man,” and a cover of Victoria Williams’ “Crazy Mary” which served as the final song of the night with Klinghoffer handling drums. The encore continued with Stuverud for “Porch,” “Alive” and finally, The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly.”
Oakland Arena – Oakland, Calf.
May 13, 2022
Pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me
Set: Long Road, Given to Fly, Once, Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover), Corduroy, Throw Your Hatred Down (Neil Young cover), Quick Escape, Dissident, W.M.A. (first time since 2016), Mind Your Manners, Brain of J., Low Light, Even Flow, Immortality, Do the Evolution, State of Love and Trust, Seven O’Clock, Rearviewmirror
Enc.: Bee Girl, Smile, Better Man*, Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover), Porch, Alive, Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
Matt Cameron was absent due to COVID-19.
Josh Klinghoffer – Tracks 2-6, 12-13, 15-16, 19, 21-23)
Richard Stuverud Tracks (7-10, 14, 17-18, 24-26)
Kai Neukermans Track (11) filled in on drums.