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Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook Wednesday regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Aaron Comess…Thank you for voicing your opinioin 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 doesnt charge 10’s of thousands of dollars for a seat at the table. Thank you for being such a bad ass, Aaron!”
Aaron had written, “Dave Abbruzzese was there and played great drums in the Biggest time of mainstream success of this band. Not including him is disrespectful to both the fans and dave.” He then linked to a petition to let Abbruzzese in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A Pearl Jam fan in Australia has launched a Change.org petition to demand that Dave Abbruzzese be included in Pearl Jam’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of inducted members. Abbruzese has shared the link to the petition multiple times on his Facebook page. Below is the description of the petition:
90’s Grunge icon, Pearl Jam, have recently been included in the “Class of 2017 Inductees” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, the “powers that be” do not see fit to include their undoubtedly, most “explosive” drummer, David Abbruzzese!
This is an OUTRAGE!
Apart from his hard-hitting, energy-crazed grooves that helped shape what was to become “the most popular American rock & roll band of the ’90s”, Dave’s most notable influence in the band, was his contribution to the 1993 single, “Go”. Although credited to all members of Pearl Jam, the music was primarily written by Dave. “Go” peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and was also included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have stated that “the members of each eligible band (being inducted) are determined by largely who was present and active during the most influential recording years”. One former member of PJ, Dave Krusen has been included with the bands induction, however, Krusen only recorded the first Album “Ten”. Dave Abbruzzese replaced and subsequently toured with Pearl Jam following the release of the album, which included the iconic “Unplugged” set in 1992. Although Krusen was ‘active’, he was not largely present during the ‘influential recording years’. Dave Abbruzzese, was both.
Sign, share and make your voice known, that Dave Abbruzzese was a major influence in Pearl Jam’s success and should be included along with the current members being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Fame!