Gary Young, Pavement's First Drummer, Died At 70

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Recently, Gary Young’s death at 70 was confirmed by his former bandmate, Stephen Malkmus in August, 18, by a social media post. Stephen Malkmus, the fronted pioneer indie-rock band Pavement, wrote on X that Gary Young passed on today and paid tribute for Gary Young’s Pavement drums were one take and hit record.

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The Sudden Death

The death of the legendary drummer, Gary Young, surely shocked many people. It caused that earlier this year, he was recently starred in a documentary about his life and career, titled ‘Louder Than You Think’ and directed by Jed I. Rosenberg, premiered at SXSW in last march. Unfortunately, Gary Young’s cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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In Memory of The Legend Drummer

On the official Pavement’s page in X, the band shared an old picture of Gary Young doing a headstand onstage while Stephen Malkmus was performing. Pavement have also shared a throwback statement following Gary Young’s death.

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According to Pavement, Gary Young’s life was made to play drums in rock and roll bands. He came from an unofficial school, ‘Keith Moon school of drummers’, and graduated from it with honors. Gary Young’s enthusiasm for playing live music was fearless and unrepentant. He was also the best storyteller and a unique judge of character, Pavement said.

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Gary Young Was So Vital

Gary Young was a very loved tension person and wanted to make people excited and anxious too. Pavement told that without Gary, many people would not have noticed them because he was so magnetic, magical, and dangerous. They could think of him as an uncle, an older brother that taught them myriads of things that they never thought about.

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Gary Young Left Pavement

Pavement was created in the late 1980s by Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kanneberg and had booked Young’s Louder Than You Think Studio to jam and record their music. Because the band did not have a drummer at the time and Gary Young was provided studio drums, Gary Young eventually became their drummer.

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Gary Young was with Pavement from 1989 until 1993, but in 2010 he reunited with the band to play two shows. During his time with Pavement, Gary Young performed on four EPs – 1989’s ‘Slay Tracks (1933-1969)’, 1990’s ‘Demolition Plot J-7’, 1991’s ‘Perfect Sound Forever’, and 1992’s ‘Watery, Domestic’.

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In 1993, Gary Young was replaced by Steve West because of his conflicts with Stephen Malkmus. However, Gary Young teamed up again with the band in 1999 to produce two ‘Major Leagues’ EP tracks, ‘Your Time to Change’, and ‘Stub Your Toe’. After the split, Gary Young released three albums, ‘Hospital’, ‘Things We Do for You’, and ‘The Grey Album’ under the name Gary Young’s Hospital.

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The sudden death of Pavement’s original drummer, Gary Young, shocked the fans of rock-indie band Pavement. Even the causes of the death have been known yet, many people paid tributes to the late drummer death.

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