Pearl Jam & Queens of the Stone Age Members Joining Guns N’ Roses Revealed


Former Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna revealed in a new AL interview that ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese replace him in Guns N’ Roses, and that Abbruzzese was later replaced by ex-Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo.

So, Guns N’ Roses during that time was you, Axl, Robin, Duff McKagan, (keyboardist) Dizzy Reed and (guitarist and Rose’s childhood friend from Indiana) Paul Huge?


Was the former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese working with GNR during your time with them?

Dave Abbruzzese was after me and then after Dave was Joey (Castillo). And then Joey was the drummer for quite a while and then Joey ended up playing for Queens of the Stone Age after that.

What facility did the Guns N’ Roses sessions take place at?

It was in Santa Monica, a rehearsal room. A big famous rehearsal room but he had brought in a portable recording stuff, because it was all jamming, trying to come up with parts. There were no songs written or anything, so every single thing that was played in the room got recorded just in case somebody came up with something good. It was nuts. Axl was like a night owl so you’d go down there at like seven o’clock and you were there until sunrise, five nights a week.