Two (sometimes three) guitarists is good, but four is definitely better. That seems to be what Pearl Jam was thinking when they took the stage for their first time in three years to play songs from their 2020 Gigaton album with a third guitarist joining Mike McCready and Stone Gossard on the six string. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer made his live debut with PJ on Saturday (Sept. 18) at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival, where he added guitar, percussion, tambourine and backing vocals during the group's headlining set.
Klinghoffer, who joined the Chili Peppers in 2007 as a replacement for on-and-off guitarist John Frusciante -- and then was relieved of his duties in 2019 when Frusciante returned -- was slated to be the opening act on PJ's postponed 2020 tour. During a monologue to preface the first performance of the Gigaton song "Never Destination," singer and sometime guitarist Eddie Vedder introduced Klinghoffer to the PJ Nation by describing how a missed opportunity turned into a new gig.