Justin Bieber’s Early Drummer Days Featured In ‘Never Say Never’

Friends and family talk about Bieber's evolution as a drummer in new clip from upcoming 3-D film.

The February 11 release of John Chu’s 3-D doc “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” is fast approaching, and in addition to the Biebs’ many tweets about the flick, we now have another glimpse at what it has in store for eager fans. A new clip from the film shows how Bieber’s talent for drums surfaced at a young age. It’s also full of more cute Bieber baby videos.

“He never had any lessons or anything. I just never thought of it being anything other than for fun,” Bieber’s mother, Pattie Malette, says in the clip.

Bieber’s drum collection quickly expanded from a handheld drum to a mini drum kit, and eventually, his family friends held a benefit concert and raised enough money to buy the young prodigy his own set of Pearl drums.

The 16-year-old pop star made waves at the 2010 VMAs when he rocked out on the drums during his amplified set. He also showed off his skills on the skins at the 2009 Jingle Ball in Sacramento, where he played an impressive drum solo during Cobra Starship’s performance. Starship frontman Gabe Saporta, who had been trying to challenge Bieber to a dance off, tweeted after the fact, “Justin Bieber smoked me hard tonight. He couldn’t win the dance off. But he shredded a gnarly drum solo. I back this kid on the real. Legit.”

Bieber wouldn’t be the first artist to start out behind the kit before his vocal capabilities propelled him to the spotlight. He joins the powerful ranks of drummers-turned-singers such as Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Karen Carpenter, Ringo Starr and Tommy Lee.