Former Pearl Jam Drummer Angry Over Rock Hall Snub
Ever since it was revealed that Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, a flurry of reactions have emerged from former drummer, David Abbruzzese, when it was revealed he would not be part of the lineup included in the hall. David joined the band shortly before the release of their debut album, Ten, and played on the first two follow ups, Vs. and Vitalogy. Accusing the band of settling and disrespecting their own legacy by accepting the induction, Abbruzzese posted the following on Facebook:
Pearl Jam has always seemingly had a perceived level of integrity and has been known to stand their ground & fight the good fight, but it seems the allure of being given this trophy is just to important for them to take a stand.
I want to let you all know that ultimately, it’s gonna be okay.
. We still have the music and no amount of corporate conglomerate or ticky-tack bull**** can keep us from enjoying the power of the music we love. The fact that we find ourselves fighting for the integrity of the validity of a segment of Pearl Jam history to be acknowledged is straight up beautiful. The reason we have to is what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is supposed to have been built to celebrate; The love of the music.
I have always thought that every award given to a band that celebrates the bands lifetime achievements should be awarded to every person that was ever a debt incurring, life sacrificing, blood spilling, member of that band. Maybe the Hall should reevaluate the need to put all the monkeys in the same cage in order to boost revenue, and instead let the history of the band be fully and completely represented as they were and as they are. …leave it up to the group to show their true colors as they celebrate their own history in a manner of their choosing.
I don’t know. But whoever is ultimately responsible for the decision that deemed my work with Pearl Jam as an effort that was not important enough to grant me induction knows nothing of what we accomplished, and I am personally at a loss for words for how Stone, Mike, Jeff, Matt, Edward and Kelly Curtis are accepting of such an injustice.