February 26, 2015

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted by Denton County Police in Texas, according to

A warrant for Abbruzzese’s arrest has been in effect since last September and involves the manufacturing possession of controlled substances.


Abbruzzese faces two charges: a Class A misdemeanor charge for possession that could get him up to a year in a county jail and a $4,000 fine and a more serious first degree felony count for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances that could put him behind bars for anywhere from five years to life.

Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam in May 1991, replacing original drummer Dave Krusen just after the band completed the recording of its debut album Ten.

Drummer Matt Chamberlain played a handful of shows with the group before Abbruzzese joined.

Abbruzzese played drums for all the touring behind Ten and also was featured on the band’s next two albums. Vs. and Vitalogy.

He was fired shortly after the completion of Vitalogy and replaced by original Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons. Irons himself lasted two records before being replaced by Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron, who remains behind the drums to this day.

Bassist Jeff Ament told Spin in 2001, “Dave was a different egg for sure. There were a lot of things, personality wise, where I didn’t see eye to eye with him. He was more comfortable being a rock star than the rest of us. Partying, girls, cars. I don’t know if anyone was in the same space.”

Abbruzzese said in the same Spin article, “I don’t blame anyone or harbor any hard feelings. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t furious and hurt for a long time. But now I just wish there was more music from the band I was a part of.”