David James Dave Abbruzzese is an American musician who was the drummer for the American rock band Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994. He replaced drummer Dave Krusen in 1991, shortly before the release of the debut album. Abbruzzese played on the next two records, Vs. and Vitalogy. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7,2017, however, Abbruzzese was not included on the halls list of inductees. Dave Abbruzzese was born in Stamford, Connecticut, but grew up in Mesquite, Texas, Abbruzzese grew up drumming on his dads tackle boxes. While living at home the only thing in his bedroom was his drum set, Abbruzzese dropped out of North Mesquite High School at an early age and began to focus on playing more than ever. In 1991, Abbruzzese got a call from drummer and friend Matt Chamberlain, Chamberlain had his eyes set on G. E. Smiths band on Saturday Night Live. Abbruzzese left for Seattle, Washington to meet and become acquainted with the members of Pearl Jam, although his musical tastes were far diverse from the other members, Abbruzzese chose to join Pearl Jam, playing his first show on August 23,1991. Initially, Abbruzzese was reluctant to join the band full-time, Abbruzzese joined the group and played the rest of Pearl Jams live shows supporting the Ten album. Abbruzzese toured extensively for Ten and performed on MTV Unplugged and a Saturday Night Live appearance, the band found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention given to the Seattle music scene and the genre known as grunge. With Abbruzzese, the band recorded its second album, Vs. released in 1993. Upon its release, Vs. set at the time the record for most copies of an album sold in a week, Vs. was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995. From Vs. the song Daughter received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Abbruzzese toured extensively for Vs. and performed on a Saturday Night Live appearance. Abbruzzese wrote the music for the Pearl Jam songs Go, Last Exit and he played with Pearl Jam through April 17,1994. In 1994, the band began a boycott of Ticketmaster. Although Abbruzzese performed on the third studio album, Vitalogy, he was fired in August 1994 due to personality conflicts with the band members. Ament stated, Dave was a different egg for sure, there were a lot of things, personality wise, where I didnt see eye to eye with him. He was more comfortable being a star than the rest of us
Matt Abts is an American drummer, best known as one of the founding members of the rock band Govt Mule. Abts attended high school in Panama where he started playing music, after moving to Virginia, he played in local bands for eight years and then moved to Florida. There he played in and recorded an album with Chuck & John and the News, in 1984, he took on the role of drummer for Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell. Abts recorded Pattern Disruptive with the Dickey Betts Band in 1988 which also included guitarist/vocalist, Abts joined Haynes and Allen Woody who had both been musicians with The Allman Brothers Band to form Govt Mule in 1994
Clarence Acox Jr.
Clarence Acox, is an American band director and jazz drummer. He is a native of New Orleans, and has heard in a variety of settings in the Pacific Northwest. He is director of bands at Garfield High School, where he has taught since arriving from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1971. Under his tutelage since 1979, the Garfield Jazz Ensemble has won every competition on the West Coast, including competitions in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho. The band has also been a finalist in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition, rival Roosevelt High School has won three competitions. Acox was named Educator of the Year by Down Beat magazine in 2001, in 2003 he was presented the Impact Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that sponsors the Grammy Awards. In 2004 the Seattle Music Educators Association recognized him as its Outstanding Music Educator, in 2007 he was presented the Mayors Arts Award by Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. In 2008 Seattle Metropolitan magazine named him one of the 50 most influential musicians in the history of Seattle music, in 2010, he and Roosevelt High Schools Scott Brown shared the Impact Award at Seattles second annual City of Music Awards. In May 2016 Acox was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts, Acox is a regular on the club scene in the Seattle area. He has performed with the Floyd Standifer Quartet at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant since 1986 and his drum style also drives the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1995 with University of Washington saxophone instructor Michael Brockman
Charlie Adams (drummer)
Charlie Adams is an American drummer, best known for playing in Yannis touring band, after having played with Yanni in the early 1980s rock band Chameleon. Adams was born in Joliet, Illinois and their albums included Chameleon, Techno-color, Hologram Sky, and Balance. The group was noted for Adams revolving gyroscope drum kit, who played his rapidly spinning drums before Mötley Crües Tommy Lees similar arrangement. In 1987, Yanni was putting together his first touring band to promote his album Out of Silence and this early band included Yanni, John Tesh and Joyce Imbesi on keyboards, and Adams on drums. Adams is widely recognized for his solo on the Live at the Acropolis concert film. He is also featured in the Live at Royal Albert Hall released in 1995, Adams reunited with Yanni for the 2003/2004 Ethnicity concert tour. Adams has remained Yannis drummer for more than thirty years, beginning with their time together in Chameleon, Adams is credited as drummer or percussionist in the following albums, produced by Yanni unless otherwise noted. Adams has indicated his musical influences to include Buddy Rich, the Beatles, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin
Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God. These commitments eventually led to his departure from the band by a decision as he did not wish to leave Lamb of God. Dystopia won the Best Metal Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards, in 2006 Adler collaborated with revered progressive guitarist Ron Jarzombek beginning the project Blotted Science. In 2010, Adler moved to Toronto, Canada for 6 weeks, in 2014 he contributed several drum tracks to the Testament album, Dark Roots of the Earth. He is the brother of Lamb of God bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Adler had played in local bands including Calibra, Jettison Charlie. Adler is pescatarian and has worked with PETA and he is recognized by his left handed playing on a right handed kit, his use of the heel-toe technique, his unusual approach to the drum kit, and his tendency to play in 6/4 time. His inspirations include former Wrathchild America and current Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin, other influences are John Bonham, Dave Lombardo, Gar Samuelson, Lars Ulrich, Billy Cobham and Gene Hoglan. On August 9,2014 ABC News radio asked Adler in an interview if he did the drums for the new Slipknot single The Negative One, Adler responded with I cant confirm nor deny it. Magazine, Adler describes his first drum kit as a disaster, every time I would hit it, it would wobble from left to right. The cymbal stands were duct taped together, and I think after two or three times playing the kit, the pedalboard actually broke in half because it was made of that crappy old fake metal. He played on Megadeths 2016 studio release Dystopia and on all shows during the following world tour. On July 1,2016 Adler left Megadeth due to continued pressure to join full-time, in lieu of leaving the band he started, Adler recommended his friend Dirk Veurbeuren to Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine who accepted his recommendation. Dirk took over the throne for Megadeth at that time after agreeing to all of his other projects. On 12 February 2017 Adler won his first Grammy award for Dystopia which won the Best metal performance category at the 59th Grammy Awards, as he was no longer a band member he did not attend the ceremony with current Megadeth drummer Veurbeuren attending with the band instead. Adler uses Saturn Mapex Drums, his own signature Black Panther 12x5.5 snare and he also uses and endorses Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark signature Sticks, Trick Pedals and Meinl Cymbals. Chris helped Meinl produce the 24 MB20 Pure Metal Ride for him and he also uses a Roland pad and two Roland trigger Modules linked to a 808. He also uses a Roland TD30k Kit at home and for warmups on tour
Steven Adler is an American musician. He is best known as the drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N Roses. Adler was fired from Guns N Roses over his addiction in 1990, following which he reformed his old band Road Crew and briefly joined BulletBoys. During the 2000s, Adler was the drummer of the band Adlers Appetite, in early 2017, Steven Adler declared that he has no intentions to continue with the band, and that the band has been inactive for several months. He appeared on the second and fifth seasons of the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Guns N Roses. Adler was born Michael Coletti in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of an Italian-American father, Michael Coletti, after his father left the family, his mother moved with her children to Los Angeles, California. He has a brother, Kenny, and a younger half-brother. Adler grew up in the San Fernando Valley until the age of 13, at Bancroft Junior High, Adler befriended Saul Hudson, later known as Slash, they met when Adler had a skateboarding accident and Slash stopped to help him. After ninth grade, Adler returned to his parents house in the Valley for the remainder of high school, after his return to Hollywood in 1983, Adler auditioned for Sunset Strip staple London. When the audition proved unsuccessful, he formed the band Road Crew—named after the Motörhead song The Road Crew—with his childhood friend Slash and they placed an advertisement in a newspaper looking for a bassist, and received a response from Duff McKagan. They auditioned a number of singers, including one-time Black Flag vocalist Ron Reyes, Slash disbanded the group the following year due to their inability to find an adequate lead vocalist, as well as Adlers laziness compared to himself and McKagan. Adler then briefly joined a band known as Hollywood Rose. In June 1985, Adler joined Guns N Roses, which was founded by Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin. His former Road Crew band mates Slash and Duff McKagan completed the line-up and they played nightclubs—such as the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour—and opened for larger acts throughout 1985 and 1986. After being scouted by major record labels, the band signed with Geffen Records in March 1986. *@ Like a Suicide. Adler was again absent during a performance at the American Music Awards in January 1989 and his absence was originally attributed to a case of the flu, but it was later revealed that Adler had been in a drug rehabilitation program at the time. Adler was among those who promised to clean up, but he continued to struggle with his addiction, Adler was briefly fired from the band over his drug use in early 1990, but he was reinstated after signing a contract in which he vowed to stop taking drugs. However, by the time the band entered the studio to record the song Civil War, by Adlers own admission, he tried to play the song 20, maybe 30 times