Readers of Alternative Nation have been disheartened by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s disrespect for Chris Cornell and Layne Staley, two icons of the 90’s who deserve to be enshrined there, and who valued being honored for their work, with Cornell inducting Heart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and Layne Staley stating in interviews that he really wanted to win a Grammy, even making his final public appearance at the 1997 Grammys.
When Pearl Jam were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, Jeff Ament wore a shirt featuring bands that should be inducted including Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana drummer Chad Channing, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Oasis, Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr., PJ Harvey, and Mudhoney.
Ament recently explained how he had planned to throw shirts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame big wigs to help protest to get these legendary artists in, but ended up deciding against it. Alternative Nation transcribed Ament’s comments from Pearl Jam Radio on SiriusXM.
“Two years ago, when our band got nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was that there were 100 bands that probably should have been in before us, so as I kept in the spirit of my friends who were creating this criteria for the best American bands were, I decided to make a t-shirt. As I designed the t-shirt, I thought maybe I could make it look like a sort of a black tie scenario, and I’ll include the names of all of the bands.
The original idea was I brought 40 t-shirts that were wrapped up, and I found out where all of the Hall of Fame powers to be were seated. During the show, I was actually going to throw shirts at all these people to remind them of the 100 plus bands that should be in. As I looked around, I noticed that there was a lot of fancy glassware on the table and I thought I could make a huge mess, and I didn’t want that to be the story for the night, was that I wrecked hundreds of thousands of dollars of dresses and fancy suits. So, I still have a box of these shirts, and it’s not my favorite bands necessarily, it’s bands that I think are some of the great rock and roll bands of all time.”