I had a Twitter conversation with some friends a few months ago about Pearl Jam’s debut record, Ten. I had been told by a few trustworthy sources that session great Matt Chamberlain had played drums on that record, ghosting then-drummer Dave Krusen. BUT… I hadn’t listened to the album for some time. I listened to it all the way through on the plane yesterday and I am now comfortable officially stating that Krusen DID play on Ten, as the liner notes state. Or maybe it wasn’t Krusen, but it definitely was NOT Chamberlain. The sound, the feel, the ideas… they don’t square with everything else I’ve heard from Chamberlain.
So, if you’ve ever heard that rumor, or if I’ve even told you that rumor… I don’t think it’s accurate.