Former Pearl Jam Drummers Update

by Kathy Davis on March 20, 2009

We used to drum for Pearl Jam…now what do we do? Well, PLENTY!

Dave Krusen v.2009

Dave Krusen v.2009

The illustrious B at TheSkyIScrape unearthed a GREAT interview with Ten drummer Dave Krusen, and that got us thinking – what are other former Pearl Jam drummers up to these days?

Jack Irons from www.JackIrons.com

Jack Irons from www.JackIrons.com

Jack Irons’ latest drumming gig is with former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle’s current band Spinnerette.  The full-length album “Ghetto Love” is available this spring, and a 4-song preview EP is available from the Spinnerette website.  The remix of  Sex Bomb drops March 30th, 2009.

Matt Chamberlain

Matt Chamberlain

San Pedro, CA grows great musicians! EV pal Mike Watt hails from Pedro, and fellow native Matt Chamberlain (drummer on the live version of “Alive” featured on the “Stanley Son Of Theodore” Sony Sampler) is one of the busiest drummers in rock.  His main gig has been playing and touring with (one of TFT Kathy’s faves) Tori Amos, however Matt also has played on and off with PJ pals Critters Buggin’ and has a band called Floratone with the legendary Bill Frisell (remember him from the Northwest School Benefit in 2005?).  He also has a solo effort available soon, and will be playing in a duo with Brad Mehldau in San Francisco on May 15, 2009.

Dave Abbruzzese and Laura Whisman, 2006

Dave Abbruzzese and Laura Whisman, 2006

Dave Abbruzzese certainly kept very busy in his post Pearl Jam life with Green Romance Orchestra and label Free Association Records, though both have been on hiatus for a while.  Publicly, Dave has been a little quiet the past couple of years; his latest contribution appears to be adding drums to funk guitarist Stevie Salas’ 2007 release The Sun and The Earth.  On a personal note, TFT remembers hearing a great story of Dave reconnecting and marrying his junior high school sweetheart Laura Whisman, and found the article in the Dallas Morning News archives here.

Thanks for the inspiration, B!

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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