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Former Pearl Jam Drummer Vents About Rock Hall Snub

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is, not surprisingly, unhappy with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today for not including him in the group's forthcoming induction.

Abbruzzese, who played with Pearl Jam from 1991-94 and on the Vs. and Vitalogy albums, originally registered his complaint about being excluded when the Rock Hall nominees were announced in October. Now he's still left off the official list of those being inducted -- which includes his predecessor, Dave Krusen, and current PJ drummer Matt Cameron -- and has registered his dissatisfaction on Facebook, writing,

"So...Rock & Roll Hall of F***tardia. Ergh. It makes absolutely zero sense to me. I'm just gonna have this statement up someone's arse. As the original ballot is created, the members of each eligible band are determined by largely who was present and active during the most influential recording years. I'm not sure how 275+ live shows and 38% of record sales doesn't fit their criteria. I may write more about this as time travels on… As for now, I look forward to sharing my first solo album with you all."

 

Abbruzzese also thanks fans "for sharing your opinions & for your love & support," particularly those who launched a petition drive to have him added to the induction list:

"Thank you for voicing your opinion about this wackiness. I am truly honored that you and so many people have raised up and called it like you see it. It has me overwhelmed for sure, but support such as yours has really got me digging the Hall of Fame that I am currently in. It's the one where my friends and I are free to enjoy our time, our music and ourselves. It's the hall that doesn't charge 10's of thousands of dollars for a seat at the table."

 

Jack Irons and Matt Chamberlin, who also did time in the PJ drum chair, are also excluded from the induction, which takes place April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Pearl Jam has not responded to Abbruzzese's comments or to the Rock Hall induction news in general.

 

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.