That's true. Even at the end, Steve just hits the open hi hats instead of a crash.From what I read, they tried it a number of times with cymbals and it didn’t sound right. So they tried it without and saw that help the song groove a lot better. Also, I read that Matt was inspired by that Tom Petty song “you don’t know how it feels” with Steve Ferrone playing drums. That song also has no cymbals, and no toms I think either.
I definitely stand by the rule that if you want so-and-so' sound, get THAT drummer. I believe that a drummer brings his/her sound with them.