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Pavement’s original drummer, Gary Yong, passed away at the age of 70 after suffering for a long time because of his ill health in Stockton, CA. His wife, Geri Bernstein Young, confirmed the news.
Young was a star during the 80s Stockton punk scene; he booked several local shows and played in various bands which, includes the Fall Of Christianity as well. In the late 80s, when the band, Pavement was started by Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kanneberg and Stephen Malkmus, they recorded in the ‘Louder Than You Think’ studio of Young, where he himself played the drums, which actually led to him becoming a drummer.
He had his own style of playing, and it was new at that time. His headstands and his stage antics became a signature for the Pavement shows. Gary played with the band for a long time and was with them during their Watery Domestic EP in 1992, after which Steve West took his place behind the drum kit.
But he did not leave the band altogether; he came back and produced two songs in 1999 for Pavement’s Major Leagues. He also joined them in 2010 for their reunion tour and did a few shows with Pavement in California.
Young also released three music albums, “Gary Young’s Hospital” and a solo album named “Malfunction” in the year 2016. A documentary made about Gary Young titled, ‘Louder Than You Think’ aired in March at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival.
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