​Josh Klinghoffer Played an Entire Set as Pearl Jam's Drummer

Matt Cameron was out with COVID-19

Photo: Ming Wu

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 15, 2023

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers member Josh Klinghoffer continues to make a name for himself as one of alt-rock's most versatile ringers. Having filled in for Dave Navarro as Jane's Addiction's guitarist, this week he filled in for ailing Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron by performing an entire 27-song set behind the kit.

Klinghoffer is currently a touring member of Pearl Jam, and he usually handles guitar, keyboards, percussion and backing vocals. He's previously filled in as a drummer, but never for a full set; last year, he played drums a couple of times when Cameron was out, sharing duties with Richard Stuverud and Dave Krusen.

But on Wednesday in Forth Worth, TX, he was behind the kit for all of Pearl Jam's 155-minute set after Cameron tested positive for COVID-19. The set included Pearl Jam classics like "Even Flow," "Alive," "Black" and "Corduroy" — plus a version of "Daughter" that interpolated Wet Leg's "Chaise Longue."

After a night off yesterday (September 14), Pearl Jam play Forth Worth again tonight. They haven't confirmed whether or not Cameron is back in the lineup, or if Klinghoffer will fill in again.

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