Pearl Jam Invites All Five Drummers To Join Them At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:39:57
Too often drummers are passed over — or forgotten — in favor of lead singers or guitarists, but Pearl Jam won't be lending their name to the list of unappreciative artists. The band is part of 2017's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, but their induction hasn't come without controversy. Of the five men who've drummed for the band, only founding member Dave Krusen and current stickman Matt Cameron are to be formally inducted alongside frontman Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready.
Of the three drummers who were left out of the Hall of Fame, Dave Abbruzzese has been the most vocal. He drummed with PJ from the 1991 tour behind Ten to the recording of 1994's Vitalogy. He recently wrote on Facebook, "I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam. The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bulls***," he added. "It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case. The milestones and the success obtained during my period in the band… The Grammy, AMA's, MTV Awards, over 20 plus million albums sold. MTV Unplugged performance. SNL twice, etc. Over 275 shows."
Pearl Jam has since responded by saying they wish to reunite with Abbruzzese and their other former drummers, Jack Irons and Matt Chamberlain, at the induction ceremony next month. In an open letter, the band wrote, "While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years."
"Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take play April 7th in Brooklyn, and will air April 29th on HBO.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff