Abe Laboriel, Jr.
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|Abe Laboriel Jr.|
Playing as sideman with Paul McCartney in Tel Aviv, 2008
|Birth name||Abraham Laboriel Jr.|
|Born||March 23, 1971, age 42|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, percussion, bass, guitar, piano|
Abe Laboriel Jr. is an American session drummer. He is the son of Mexican bass guitarist Abraham Laboriel, Sr. and brother of record producer, songwriter, and film composer Mateo Laboriel. He has been the drummer for famed rock musician Paul McCartney as well as the French singer Mylène Farmer, among others.
Early life 
The son of jazz bass master Abraham Laboriel, Sr., Abe grew up playing drums starting at age four.
He attended the Dick Grove School of Music, studying with Peter Donald, during his junior year in high school. He also attended the Hamilton High School Academy of Music with Manny Marroquin, and is responsible for Marroquin changing his career from drumming to mixing.  in Los Angeles in his senior year. In 1989, he was honored by the National Foundation For The Advancement Of The Arts and Down Beat magazine. He then enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1993.
Laboriel's first break as a drummer was a tour with guitarist Steve Vai. He then toured with Seal, with whom he was seen by many record producers around Los Angeles, California which led to session work. Laboriel next toured with k.d. lang for a while, where Sting saw him play with her, leading Laboriel to join Sting's touring band. The k.d. lang connection also led Laboriel to working with Paul McCartney, including McCartney's appearance during the halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX. He also toured and recorded on studio with former Menudo member, Robi Draco Rosa on his album Vagabundo.
Laboriel has also recorded and performed with Crystal Lewis, Shakira, B.B. King, Sting, Steven Curtis Chapman, Eric Clapton, Johnny Hallyday, Jenifer, Steve Winwood, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Vanaz, Mylène Farmer, Letters to Cleo, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Tyler Bryant and others. Lewis and Laboriel were also both a part of the Nickelodeon Television Series, Roundhouse in the 1990s.
In 2006, in the show "Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy" (in English, "Before the shadow... at Bercy"), Laboriel sang "Les Mots" (in English, "the words") in duet with Mylène Farmer. He also played with Sting at the Montreux Jazz Festival that year.
Laboriel toured with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on their 14-date American Tour in 2009 following their Japanese tour the year before. He made his live debut with Paul McCartney at The Concert for New York City in 2001 and has played on every McCartney tour since then.
Drum equipment 
20x28" Bass Drum
8x14" Striaght VLT (no hoops) Snare Drum
12x15"(VLT w/3ply hoops) Rack Tom
16x18"(X w/3ply hoops) Floor Tom
16x20"(VLX w/3ply hoops) Floor Tom
Pedals and Hardware
5002AD4 Accelerator Double Pedal
5500TD 2-leg Delta Hi-Hat Stand
9300 Snare Drum Stand (x2)
9710 Low Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand (x4)
DWSM912 1/2x18" Cymbal Arm
DWSM9212 1/2x18" C-Hat Arm w/MG-3
9120AL Tractor AirLift Drum Throne
15" 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat
22" 2002 Crash
24" 2002 Ride
24" 2002 Crash
Vic Firth Abe Laboriel Jr. (SAL):
Long and thick for plenty of power. Gradual taper delivers great rebound and overall feel. L = 17" | Dia. = .630"
- "Abe Laboriel, Jr.: Riding A Wave Of Success". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 1 January 2013.