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Jeff Ament’s Rock Hall Shirt Made the Ultimate Statement

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament let his T-shirt do some of the talking during the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Friday night, April 7, in Brooklyn.

Under his leather jacket, Amet sported a T-shirt that listed scores of bands he feels should be inducted into the Rock Hall.

Jeff's RRHOF shirt.

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The array ranged from metal heroes such as Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Slayer, Dio and King Diamond to 70s rock favorites like Bad Company, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, Grand Funk Railroad, T. Rex, Ted Nugent, the Sweet and Warren Zevon.

Ament's shirt also shouted out to influential icons such as the MC5 and the New York Dolls, a wealth of punk rockers (the Buzzcocks, the Damaned, the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Fugazi, X, Descendents, Billy Idol, Richard Hell, Minor Threat, Minutement), prog rock heroes (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), 60s remainders such as Love and Steppenwolf,  Pacific Northwest peers Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, the Melvins and Mudhoney, and more contemporary acts including Motley Crue, Jane's Addiction, the Cult, Lenny Kravitz, Faith No More, Bon Jovi, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. and more.

After accepting its trophies on Friday, Pearl Jam played "Alive," "Give To Fly" and "Better Man" before leading an all-star finale of "Rockin' In The Free World" -- partly a tribute to Neil Young, who had to bail out of inducting Pearl Jam for undisclosed health reasons.

 

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.