Abraham “Abe” Laboriel Jr. (born March 23, 1971) is an American session drummer. He is the son of Mexican bass guitarist Abraham Laboriel and brother of record producer, songwriter, and film composer Mateo Laboriel. He has been the drummer for Sir Paul McCartney as well as the French singer Mylène Farmer, among others
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.
Abe Laboriel Jr has also recorded and performed with Jonatha Brooke, Crystal Lewis, Shakira, B.B. King, Steven Curtis Chapman, Eric Clapton, Johnny Hallyday, Jenifer, Steve Winwood, Les Paul, Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Mylène Farmer, Letters to Cleo, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Tyler Bryant, Steve Lukather and others. Lewis and Laboriel were also both a part of the Nickelodeon television series, Roundhouse in the 1990s.
Laboriel was part of a power trio by the name of The Raging Honkies. He is part of the collective that is Chocolate Genius, Inc.
In 2006 during the show “Avant que l’ombre… à Bercy” (“Before the shadow… at Bercy”), Laboriel sang a duet “Les Mots” (“The words”) 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.