expand Pearl Jam reunites with original drummer, Dave Krusen, at California show

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With Matt Cameron still absent from Pearl Jam‘s tour due to testing positive for COVID-19, the grunge rockers reunited with their original drummer, Dave Krusen, during their show Monday in Fresno, California.

According to a photo of the concert’s set list shared by the PJ Twitter, Krusen manned the kit for a run of songs off of Ten, including “Even Flow,” “Alive” and “Jeremy.” Ten, Pearl Jam’s Diamond-certified 1991 debut album, was the only album Krusen played on before leaving the band shortly after it was recorded.

Krusen previously reunited with Pearl Jam when he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Eddie Vedder and company in 2017. During the ceremony, he joined PJ for a performance of “Alive,” marking the first time he played with the band in over 25 years.

In addition to Krusen, Pearl Jam’s drummers for the Fresno show included Jeff Ament collaborator Richard Stuverud, and ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist and current PJ touring member Josh Klinghoffer, who both also filled in for Cameron the last two shows he missed since testing positive last week. The first show also featured Pearl Jam jamming with a fan named Josh Arroyo, while the second show found an 18-year-old high school student named Kai Neukermans joining the band for a song.

Pearl Jam’s tour is set to continue Wednesday in Sacramento.

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