Pearl Jam's former drummer hits out

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2016
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Pearl Jam's former drummer David Abbruzzese has once again blasted the group for not including him in their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 nomination profile

Pearl Jam's former drummer is still furious that he was not part of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 induction.

David Abbruzzese played with the 'Better Man' hitmakers from 1991 to 1994 until he was reportedly fired for disagreements with other band members, and he has blasted them for not taking a stand to support him.

He wrote on his Facebook page: "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 too 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 b******t 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.

"I am still proud to be a part of what Pearl Jam was. My point in all of this is to share the fact that what Pearl Jam once was, is what is still, and will always be Pearl Jam.

"I know things are tough. We need music, each other and the spirit of Rock & Roll now, more than ever before.

"Thanks for everything, everyone. I for one have not and will not ever forget the incredible power of the times we shared together (sic)."

The rules have changed for year's nominations in that only certain individual members of each band will be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

For Eddie Vedder's group, that means their current drummer Matt Cameron and first stickman Dave Krusen are listed, despite them having five drummers in the past including David.

During his time with the band, Pearl Jam released their second and third studio albums, 'Vs.' and 'Vitalogy'.

As well as David, their former drummers Matt Chamberlin, who David replaced, and Jack Irons were not included in the Hall of Fame nominations profile either.


1. Phil O'Sophocle1 Jan 2017, 7:14pm Report

This was definitely a huge injustice, and the RRHOF is known for doing this with many other acts, most recently the band Chicago when they omitted Bill Champlin & Jason Scheff as they were part of the 80's hit albums that saved the group from obscurity. Abbruzzese played on the 2 followup albums Vs & Vitalogy and a large percentage of the support gigs for Ten, so most fans who saw them live after Ten connect him as being the main drummer. He probably wasn't inducted after consulting with the band, which was simply over politics within the band, the same reason he was fired, as he played on as much or more of the successful albums than any other drummer they had including one drummer (Cameron) they inducted. Irons was offered the gig when the band was formed, but declined & wound up being the 4th drummer on No Code & Yield. Ten sold appx 36M worldwide, but Vs & Vitalogy sold appx the same amount combined worldwide, so it isn't like Abbruzzese wasn't part of anything successful. The albums Irons played on only sold about 10M worldwide combined. Cameron hasn't ever been a part of any of the success & popular heyday of the band being that he was hired after the band was no longer in strong favor commercially --- you have to add all 5 of the studio albums they've made from 2000 to 2013 to get the same sales as even Irons had with his 2, which is less than a 3rd of the sales they had with Abbruzzese onboard, and Cameron is the type of band member the RRHOF typically omits, so you have to conclude that the RRHOF included him strictly because Vedder & the band wanted him in. This just goes to show you that the people who claim to be non-BS & above the politics & spend the most time & volume claiming they're the good guys are usually the ones you should fear the most. We were all duped by Pearl Jam's false sincerity and false pledge to righteousness that they trumpeted when they did battle with Ticketmaster, and in all likelihood, it was really probably just all about money & keeping up appearances to make them simply look like they really cared about the fans. The fact that they allowed the RRHOF to snub Abbruzzese (or were complicit in it if you look at the evidence objectively) tells you that Pearl Jam is as full of it as all the 80's acts they (and other Grunge rockers) claimed to be above in their alleged shunning of commercialism.

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