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For most of us who are musically inclined, it’s only a dream that we’d get to play with such big and iconic names.

But one 18-year-old drummer, Kai Neukermans of The Alive, got to experience the exhilarating rush of playing on stage with a legendary name in the music industry: Pearl Jam.

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The Mill Valley drummer learned that the Pearl Jam’s drummer, Matt Cameron, had come up positive for COVID-19 just ahead of the band playing the Oakland Arena.

The ambitious Neukermans decided to take a shot and save the day. He texted Olivia Vedder, the daughter of Eddie Vedder, and volunteered his services to the band’s performance. And it worked!

Photo: YouTube/mfc172

Neukermans had met Olivia Vedder while attending the Ohana Fest back in 2018. The drummer was happy to learn the very next day that he was being considered as a replacement for the band’s performance.

He submitted a video of himself drumming to Vedder, and it wasn’t long before they got in touch with Neukermans. He’d been selected to then be the replacement drummer! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Photo: YouTube/mfc172

Understandably, he thoroughly enjoyed himself while also helping Pearl Jam save their Oakland Arena show.

On social media, Neukermans shared, “Oakland Arena w/ Pearl Jam ??Next level! Thx for havin’ me play…Honored to share the stage w/u guys.”

How cool is that?

Check out the video down below:

What do you think of his drumming? What famous band do you wish you could play for? Let us know!

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