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Old 08-09-2005, 10:37 AM
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I think this guys the man. Awesome drummer, the guy just looks like hes too good to take it seriously (not saying he is or anything, I really have no idea of his playing beyond Pearl Jam). Check out their SNL appearances (Reviewmirror, Alive, Not For You). I don't get why they fired him? He was perfect for them (well I guess not but in my opinion).
Also: Pearl Jam - talk about a band being spoiled with good drummers.

Any one else like this guy?

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Old 08-09-2005, 12:16 PM
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Pearl Jam had many good drummers but Dave Abbruzzese was the one that fit the best at the time. The music was more mainstream but had so much more energy. Dave is pretty precise and had some originale ideas for example W.M.A. rythm is so cool as the whole song is one of their best. The albume VS is one of the greatest albums of the 90's. He's my favourite Pearl Jam drummer !!!!
From what I've heard he wanted to leave Pearl Jam because they were going into a direction he didn't want to follow..........guess I'm maybe wrong.
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:15 PM
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IMO Dave Krusen was the best drummer for Pearl Jam. He did only "Ten" with them (studio) and left straight after that for family reasons. His sound & ideas are just amazing and they seem to fit exactly to the music of this particular group. Plus he seemed to move P.J. to a music direction that they never seemed to quite catch again after his departure.

Also "Ten" is such a good album (if you are/where into this music) since every single one of the songs is great - contrary to the following albums.

It's no wonder that "Ten" has sold 12million copies (by far the top-seller) while the newest ones are selling around 500.000.

Sorry if I got a little of topic here, but I didn't see Dave Krusen anywhere in the forum and I think he's a really good drummer and for P.J. the best choice IMO ofcourse.
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:43 PM
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i heard dave krusen got fired simply because he was too weird (lol) and didn't fit in with the band.... but nevermind, he wasn't that great imo. Dave Abbruzzese was better.

Dave was a good drummer and since he was in the pearl jam's more 'mainstream' era when they were the biggest rockstars in the business, so he got his credit for it, which is great. he's not as good as Jack Irons or Matt Cameron though.
we cant really say 'he fit the music best at the time', because we don't know what the other drummers would've sounded like with pearl jam 'at the time' (when they wrote vs. and vitalogy) (krusen was fired, jack irons was mentally vulnerable and matt cameron was in soundgarden).
hmmm still don't kno why he got fired though...
i think he over-uses his huge collection of cymbals on "vs." though.

pearl jam seems to get a better drummer every time... Dave Krusen---->Dave A----->Jack Irons------>and now... the mighty Matt Cameron!
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Old 08-09-2005, 04:08 PM
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I think a lot of that has to do with the tight knit Pacific Northwest music scene. I grew up there, and can tell you, most people don't want to leave, because its such an awesome place. Other people up and move to Nashville or LA, to get into music, but Seattle guys just stay there and rotate musicians.

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Old 08-09-2005, 04:30 PM
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I'm not sure if Dave Krusen was fired....
Last I googled was that he couldn't tour with the band on "Ten" since he just had a baby and wanted to stay home with his family. This sounds really different than "he got fired" which could take some respect out of this real life person...

I think Matt Cameron is a great drummer, and I really enjoy listening to him -especially with Soundgarden. Sure he can be a time-machine - and quite a thunderous one as well. Nonetheless we're talking totally different approach here. I'm not sure I can put it in words other than: jazzy, open playing, free of time and more song oriented.
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Old 08-09-2005, 05:14 PM
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I think that Vs. is one of the best rock drumming albums of the nineties. Ten has the more radio friendly hits but vs. is more about the drums and bass than ten IMO. Anyone seen Pearl Jam unplugged? Dave A's performance in that is astonishing he looks so relaxed but plays loads of crazy s***. I never thought that Jack Irons was that good with Pearl Jam but Matt Cameron is the King.

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Old 08-09-2005, 07:12 PM
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is "abruzzese" a greek name? i met someone in greece who had a similar name.
he doesn't look greek to me. anyway he has a really nice kit which brilliant sound (the toms sound so sweet!)

matt cameron sounds intense and thunderous on the soundgarden and pearl jam albums, but since he's played at the Ballard Jazz Festival and with the Buddy Rich Big Band (as i found out on DW), i could argue he's quite jazzy and open playing, but I haven't heard him play jazz so I won't say anything.

what do you think is the rhythm section highlight on "vs"?
imo it's "wma" or "rats".
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Old 09-10-2005, 08:59 PM
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does anyone know where I can get some dave abbruzzese videos or clips. that would be great if someone could tell me because im kind of new here.
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Old 09-11-2005, 02:49 AM
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Buy the MTV Unplugged: Pearl Jam video. I bought it..he does a great job I think. ;) I dunno' where you could find any free though.
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Old 09-11-2005, 08:15 PM
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o sweet thanks ill look into it.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:41 PM
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Hello all!!!

Where is Dave Abbruzzese!!! This guy was the best thing to hit drumming in the early 90's... I'am the biggest Pearl Jam fan around and I think they've suffered greatly since he left.. got kicked out.. whatever.. I need the info.. Any one out there know??

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Old 10-11-2005, 03:48 PM
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Here at Drummerworld:

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...bbruzzese.html
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:16 PM
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LOL... Thank you for the quick response.. :-) Yeah but I haven't heard a thing about him recently.. No video.. No audio.. I don't understand.. this guy was every where and there is barely anything on him.. What's he doing now?? Any ideas??
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:49 PM
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i've been asking the same question for at least 10 years.
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:33 PM
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Default Re: Where is Dave Abbruzzese!!!

I get confused which drummer played on which Pearl Jam album.

I think Dave played on the big one with Jeremy and Alive right?

I love the drumming on this.

So then I ask - is he playing today? he's great.

Love the fills at the end of some of those songs - and the sound!
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:57 PM
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Default Re: Where is Dave Abbruzzese!!!

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I get confused which drummer played on which Pearl Jam album.

I think Dave played on the big one with Jeremy and Alive right?
Dave Abbruzzese played drums on the albums Vs and Vitology. Dave Krusen played on Ten (the one with Jeremy and Alive), Jack Irons played on No Code and Yield, and Matt Cameron played on Live On Two Legs, Binaural, and Riot Act.

Dave Abbruzzese also did the MTV: Unplugged show and he's in the video for Even Flow.

The last thing I heard was that he was on tour playing drums for the HairyApes.
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Old 10-21-2005, 05:52 AM
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IMO Dave Krusen was the best drummer for Pearl Jam. He did only "Ten" with them (studio) and left straight after that for family reasons. His sound & ideas are just amazing and they seem to fit exactly to the music of this particular group. Plus he seemed to move P.J. to a music direction that they never seemed to quite catch again after his departure.

Also "Ten" is such a good album (if you are/where into this music) since every single one of the songs is great - contrary to the following albums.

It's no wonder that "Ten" has sold 12million copies (by far the top-seller) while the newest ones are selling around 500.000.

Sorry if I got a little of topic here, but I didn't see Dave Krusen anywhere in the forum and I think he's a really good drummer and for P.J. the best choice IMO ofcourse.
I think its hard to say that he is the best - u never saw him, he just recorded ten then left, i would say Dave A. would have to have been their best. I kno Matt Cameron is awesome but I think Dave A. is a better live drummer.

Krusen left the band because of what he said was "family personal reasons" at the time but later admitted that it was because of a drinking problem.

Matt chamberlain left because he was offered a place in the band critters buggin (as if you wood, have u ever heard of em?) he was in the alive video but thats it

Dave A. was fired over breakfast by Stone for reasons that are no1 really fully understands to this day.

Jack Irons quit mid-tour due to health problems

Pearl Jam now have Matt Cameron of Soundgarden

Hope that cleared it up 4 every1;)
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:26 AM
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Hi! It's my first time here. I'm from Poland and I'm a huge fan of Dave A and P.J. I think that he was the most energetic drummer of Pearl Jam. Dave Krusen was a more"filling" drummer. So it's hard to choose who was better. To this day I listen to Ten and VS every day. my favorite albums of PJ. I love Dave A's cymbals playing. It's awsome. If you want to know what's goin' on with him check this http://www.freeassociationrecords.com/ . He's a cool guy I don't like Matt Cameron... sorry peoples for me he sucks. He screws up my favorite song of P.J. JEREMY. It doesn't have THIS specific climate. Too many "potatoes" (in Poland we say POTATOES in drumming if someone plays too much on toms - you know, it sounds like someone dropped potatoes on stairs). Basicly he doesent fit to this "heavy rock" band of nineties - what P.J. was in Dave A's times. Since Matt started playing with them they started to be such an oldies band. Yeah... they have some cool stuff with him, but... sorry for what i have to like he's playing?? Summing up i want to say That my best drummers are: 1.Dave Abbruzzese, 2.Sean Kinney (A.I.C.), 3.Dave Krusen 4.Mike (PUFFY) Bordin (Faith No More)

It's very cool site... take care peoples, greetings
P.S. sorry for my english but i'm not native speaker. See ya
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Old 11-10-2005, 05:14 AM
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I freaking idolize Dave A. he is amazing and has a great style. And he was Pealr Jam's best drummer hands down. I liked Krusen's playing on Ten and Matt cameron is a good drummer as wel but I don't like how he sounds with PJ. Jack Irons just plain sucks. II love the sound Dave's Brady 12" x 7" snare sounds I would kill to have a snare that sounds like that. Thhe snare in Glorified G makes me cry I love it so much.
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Old 11-23-2005, 09:28 PM
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Dave A. was fired over breakfast by Stone for reasons that are no1 really fully understands to this day.

I think Dave A. was always at odds with Ed Vedder regarding all issues in the band. He was also disagreeing whereas the other band members would go with the flow and let Ed do whatever he wanted.

When Dave appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer, apparently Ed defaced a picture and drew a mustache on it. He thought Dave's "rock god" image was bad for Pearl Jam's anti-corporate stances.

The band, and more importantly Vedder, didn't want Abbruzzese to continue in the band and instead chose to replace him with close friend Jack Irons.

Another possibility was Dave's tendonitis. It caused him to sit out portions of shows during the 93' tour. The band had to improvise on stage and play songs without drums or use the opening band's drummer to finish songs. One example that comes to mind is November 20th, 1993 in Texas. Dave collapsed after "Alive" and the band played "Footsteps" and "Yellow Ledbetter'" minus the drums. Opening band Urge Overkill's drummer was called on to sit in for the encore of "Rockin' In the Free World."
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Old 11-24-2005, 04:14 PM
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Yes, he is a great drummer.
Yes, he was perfect for pearl jam...
but i dont think they mind, they have matt cameron now which is one
of the most brilliant drummers to date IMO (o:
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:26 AM
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dave abbruzzese is the man! he is the main reason i play today! ... but where the **** is he?!!.. the free association record site is way out of date. the last entry was in 2001!! and the "dave abbruzzese fan page" is no help either. he seemed to be going strong and BOOM, fell of the face of the earth. i hope he is just taking some time to make a good comeback. if anyone has heard anything new, please let me-us know! ...and as for the better pj drummers, dave K,hes good, matt cameron, very talented and tastefull, dave A, very talented and noticeable, jack I, pifshh, whatever, and matt chambelin, very talented but wasnt in the band long enough. payce...
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:53 AM
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Matt chamberlain left because he was offered a place in the band critters buggin (as if you wood, have u ever heard of em?)
This is not true. (And by the way, Matt Chamberlain is by far the best Pearl Jam drummer).

He left Pearl Jam; 1- because he was just filling in for a fired drummer, and more importantly 2- he was the Saturday Night Live drummer for that season.

He then came back to Seattle and FORMED Critters Buggin', his own project (who still play today).

He played on the Wallflowers hit record, Macy Gray, Elton John, David Bowie, Garbage, Eddie Brickell, Peter Gabriel, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos (live and studio), John Mayer, Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Christina Aguillera to name a few. I see at least 10 top 10 albums he recorded, so leaving Pearl Jam seems like it worked out pretty well.
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:59 AM
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For those looking for Vids heres Pearl Jam at pink pop concert in 92 clickhere to watch

Right now thats that out of the way I really like this guy I love his playing and I like the fact that he refused to use a double pedal to instead concentrate on playing the best he could with a single pedal and that he was a hard hitter. I think his drumming on the two pearl jam albums is great My favourite would be Immortality Although my favourite PJ album is yield. Oh and I like his use of splash cymbals
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:35 AM
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Found some more vids for you people

Pearl Jam - Animal live 1993 MTV awards

Pearl Jam - Black Unplugged

Pearl Jam - Alive Unplugged

Pearl Jam- Evenflow Unplugged

Pearl Jam - Porch Unplugged
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Dave Abbruzzese is By Far Then Best Rock Drummer Pearl Jam Have Had The Ten album Drum aRe Good but If You Listren To Dave's Take On "Even flow" and "State Of Love Trust" There Amzing best Drumming To Date
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Dave Abbruzzese is By Far Then Best Rock Drummer Pearl Jam Have Had The Ten album Drum aRe Good but If You Listren To Dave's Take On "Even flow" and "State Of Love Trust" There Amzing best Drumming To Date
Dave kersen was on the ten album and evenflow unless your talking about the evenflow which they rerecorded with Abbruzzese on the drums
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I think Dave A. was always at odds with Ed Vedder regarding all issues in the band. He was also disagreeing whereas the other band members would go with the flow and let Ed do whatever he wanted.

When Dave appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer, apparently Ed defaced a picture and drew a mustache on it. He thought Dave's "rock god" image was bad for Pearl Jam's anti-corporate stances.

The band, and more importantly Vedder, didn't want Abbruzzese to continue in the band and instead chose to replace him with close friend Jack Irons.
i've heard something similar as well. i remember when PJ was nominated for a Grammy for "Ten". Dave A. was the only member of the band to show up and he wasn't even on the album.

this must be pretty funny to him if he is reading all this speculation.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:09 AM
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I just found this thread and i must chime in on the praise for Dave`s playing.
He is an awsome player, just watch the Pearl Jam unplugged, i think Eddie thought Dave stole to much of the spotlight.
Dave aparently has his own label and recording studio in Austin TX.
He suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, but he still play drums.
I have not heard any of his work with green romance orchestra or hairy apes.
It would be fun indeed if Dave read this thread and gave us an update.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:39 PM
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Dave Abbruzzese on youtube check him out here
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:52 AM
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Pearl Jam is probably the reason that I play music today. I remember everything about hearing that band for the first time. Everybody always remembers Ten, and of course, so do I. But when I heard Abbruzzese playing with the band, I realized that a great band had gotten even more interesting. I love his playing. His cymbal work is impecable with the songs. I actually prefer Vs. and Vitalogy to Ten, even though I love Ten as well. When critics talk about PJ, they most often site Vitalogy as the master work of the band to date. All of the PJ drummers have been good. Of course, Matt C. is a monster player. Dave Krusen had the luxury of playing on the Ten album. Jack Irons got it done, and I thought his drum sounds really fit with what the band was doing at the time. And Matt Cameron? Well, Matt is a great rock drummer with time, feel, and writing prowess that we should all be so lucky to acheive in rock drumming. Oh, and he sings harmonies while doing it. But when all is said and done, Dave A. is my man with PJ. Watch the MTV Unplugged show. Incredible. A great story about Dave is that when he was tracking "Rearview Mirror" for the Vs. album, he was having some trouble with the coda. When he finally completed the track, he threw his drumsticks against the wall, punched his snare drum, and threw it outside. If you listen closely at the end of the song, you can hear Dave's sticks clank as they hit the wall and then the floor. I always thought that was cool. Even the best drummers have trouble sometimes. Great drummer! PS-I'll look for the article about the Rearview Mirror track.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:59 PM
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In my opinion he is the best drummer Pearl Jam ever had. It was a shame that they had to dump him as he was fantastic. Great influence on my drumming, good style and also I love his set up on the Vs. tour. Great drummer.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:49 PM
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Obviously he was in the band during their prime so it is no surprise to me that people hail his influence on them. Personally though, I always thought his groove was a bit too slippery per se and I felt like a lot of what he did was a bit much for Pearl Jam. I wouldn't call it over playing per se, not necessary. Especially his splashing away at the cymbals and his ride/hat combination performances. It really just comes down to his feel though.

Matt Chamberlain, though only in the Alive video, was the PJ drummer for me and Dave A. has him to thank for his career.
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To shed a little light, Dave KRUSEN, left PJ to go to deto for alcohol and substance abuse problems, and left right after they recorded Ten in August. he did not tour the album. I also agree he was a great fit for PJ and his drumming on there was superb. BTW for all the gearheads he had a minimal kit for the recording of Ten - some basic Swingstar Tama's, an old supra, and even cracked entry-level Paiste 404 hats!

http://vater.com/vaternews/post/In-T...%22Ten%22.aspx

I also love Abruzzesse's drumming/style for PJ. I read a biography on Vedder and basically he and Eddie did not get along. Dave A wanted to party and celebrate their new-found success and Vedder wanted to shy away from all that and the 'business'. It had nothing to do with music, Vedder fired him.

PJ have had 4 great drummers, but the 1st two Dave's were my faves too.
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To shed a little light, Dave KRUSEN, left PJ to go to deto for alcohol and substance abuse problems, and left right after they recorded Ten in August. he did not tour the album. I also agree he was a great fit for PJ and his drumming on there was superb. BTW for all the gearheads he had a minimal kit for the recording of Ten - some basic Swingstar Tama's, an old supra, and even cracked entry-level Paiste 404 hats!

http://vater.com/vaternews/post/In-T...%22Ten%22.aspx

I also love Abruzzesse's drumming/style for PJ. I read a biography on Vedder and basically he and Eddie did not get along. Dave A wanted to party and celebrate their new-found success and Vedder wanted to shy away from all that and the 'business'. It had nothing to do with music, Vedder fired him.

PJ have had 4 great drummers, but the 1st two Dave's were my faves too.
love Krusen as well

his playing on the Unified Theory records is fantastic
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:30 PM
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I'm not sure how I ended up watching old Pearl Jam shows on yootoob and dailymotion, but it seems I needed to hear some angry young man music. ;-)

Dave A was (is) sure fun to watch and listen. As mentioned earlier, it could be argued that there was some overplaying, but heck ... it wasn't too bad.

For a somewhat comical view of the PJ drummer saga from the guys themselves, I stumbled across this as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9H2JJn98s

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:04 PM
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Default Re: Dave Abbruzzese

Best years of Pearl Jam were with Abbruzzese. Watched a dvd with Cameron on drums with the "Matt Cam"--was downright boring. Feels like with Cameron they tend to rush the songs, especially Evenflow--he tends to play spot on the beat or ahead of it.

I like Cameron much better with Soundgarden, with PJ, not so much or not at all. Jack Irons was a good change up though.

Dave had THE FUNK. His cymbal accents and splashes made the band sound colorful.
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