Pearl Jam welcomes teenage drummer Kai Neukermans to Oakland

Josh Klinghoffer and Richard Stuverud again helped fill in Matt Cameron.

By Andy Kahn May 14, 2022 8:14 a.m. PDT

Pearl Jam Released Teen Drummer Kai Neukermans by local band The Alive at their concert Friday night in Oakland. The show was the second at the Oakland Arena to be performed without drummer Matt Cameron, who tested positive for COVID-19. Touring member Josh Klinghoffer and drummer from Seattle Richard Stuverud again shared fill-in tasks.

Pearl Jam switched on Neukermans’ drumming skills midway through their main set. The young musician was in 2013’s “Mind Your Manners” Lightning bolt† Before taking his place behind the kit, Neukermans was introduced by frontman Eddie Vedder, who told the audience:

This is very exciting for us. I saw this group play called The Alive and they just blew my mind. They are quite young for how hard they can play and how much impact they had. They played their own songs and then they had a Metallica cover that blew up doors [open]† My daughter reminded me they are from here in Mill Valley. We reached it this afternoon. He has not yet finished high school. I think this is the year, right? Welcome to the stage, Mill Valley’s very own Kai Neukermans!


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The evening kicked off with Vedder performing a solo cover of the rarely played “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. He then introduced Klinghoffer’s project Pluralone for an opening set that featured Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, as he often does on this tour.

Pearl Jam’s set saw Klinghoffer and Stuverud alternate drumming. Klinghoffer was first up for the show’s opening run of “Long Road,” “Given To Fly,” “Once” and “Corduroy,” which included part of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.”

Stuverud then took over drumming for a cover of Neil Young’s “Throw Your Hatred Down”, followed by “Quick Escape”, “Dissident” and “WMA”, the latter of which ended with Stuverud teaming up with Klinghoffer on percussion. After the aforementioned ‘Mind Your Manners’, Klinghoffer was back for the rarely performed Yield track “Brain Of J” and “Low Light”, with Stuverud turning in for “Even Flow”, then cutting out for Klinghoffer to take over on “Immorality” and “Do The Evolution”.

Stuverud then took over for “State of Love and Trust” and “Seven O’Clock,” followed by Klinghoffer’s return for “Rearviewmirror,” closing the set when guitarist Mike McCready threw his guitar onstage and smashed it.

The encore started with Vedder accompanied by Ament on acoustic guitar performing “Bee Girl”. The rest of the band and Klinghoffer then came out for “Smile”, “Better Man” and a cover of “Crazy Mary”, the last song of the evening with Klinghoffer on drums. Pearl Jam and Stuverud closed the concert with ‘Porch’, ‘Alive’ and ‘Baba O’Reilly’ by The Who.

Pearl Jam’s next concert is on Monday, May 16 in Fresno, California. Check out additional audience-recorded video from Friday’s show in Oakland below:

set list

Pearl Jam at Oakland Arena

Pre-set
  • throw your arms around me
  • Hunters and collectors
  • unknown number
headset
  • Long road
  • Given to fly
  • Once
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • Corduroy
  • Throw down your hate
  • Quick Escape
  • dissident
  • WMA
  • watch your manners
  • Brain of J.
  • Little light
  • Even current
  • Immortality
  • Do the evolution
  • State of love and trust
  • Seven o’clock
  • rear view mirror
Encore
  • bee girl
  • Smile
  • better man
  • Crazy Mary
  • Porch
  • Empathize
  • Baba O’Riley

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