I went back and listened to 4 versions of Hell's Kitchen:
2) Live in 2002
3) First night in 2017
4) The video posted a little while ago, from last Friday.
The differences in drumming cannot be put down to cymbal playing only - it's certainly not as simple a case as "the drumming is very similar except for the cymbals. Swap the cymbal-playing style, and it would be quite alike".
There are (to me) undeniable differences in approach, swing, "groove", and looseness/stiffness. Both MP's and MM's approaches are creatively "valid". Neither is wrong or in poor taste.
But in my opinion, I vastly prefer MP's approach and find that it suits the composition much much better. MM's version to me doesn't blend with the rest of the song, and actually significantly decreased my enjoyment of the song.
This is one of the very few cases where I have felt this way about his interpretation of DT's music. Most of the time, I find it to be good enough, or even in some cases, enhancing the original composition. But in this case - and I mean no disrespect at all - I am not enjoying his interpretation at all.
I also feel that it is true that his style in DT is on the whole "stiff". In songs like Hell's Kitchen, Surrounded, Count of Tuscany, I feel he could play much looser and suit the song better. I don't know why he plays this way - because in the past he has demonstrated plenty of groove in other bands/situations.
But I do respect his right and privilege to interpret the material according to his taste. And I assert my right to respectfully state my opinions as I have.