The first time is the charm for Pearl Jam.
The Seattle group will be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017, joining Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Award For Musical Excellence recipient Nile Rodgers on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Pearl Jam is the second group from the 90s Seattle scene to make it into the Rock Hall, following Nirvana in 2014, but Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil tells us he feels the order should have been reversed:
"There’s no doubt that Pearl Jam should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, no doubt. Of everyone I`m aware of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’d put Pearl Jam at the top of that list...I would imagine if you had to think of all the bands that came out of Seattle, our scene, the first band I would think, because of their achievement, the first band would be Pearl Jam and the next band I would`ve said should be Nirvana. Now of course rock 'n' roll Journalists have a different perspective; They put Nirvana in first because of the cultural impact. Obviously Pearl Jam has a greater body of work, greater longevity."
The ceremony will again be filmed for subsequent broadcast by HBO. An on-sale date for tickets will be announced in January, with Rock Hall members receiving access to a pre-sale. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland will open a special exhibit on March 30 to honor the 2017 inductees.
Acts are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording. In addition to Chic, others on the ballot this year included Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, the J. Geils Band, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, the MC5, Steppenwolf, the Cars and the Zombies.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.