Dave Abbruzzese has seemingly accused Alternative Nation of ‘shit stirring’ on his Facebook, unless he is referring to Consequence of Sound, who picked up on the story he is referring to a few hours after we posted it last night, other outlets didn’t pick it up until today.
Abbruzzese wrote the following, “Well, shit. I responded to a statement someone made online and of course a shit stirring online ‘news source’ decided to make it their business to print my words. So, in an effort to own them, I am going to share them.”
Abbruzzese then proceeded to re-post the exact same statement he did on YouTube that shared, followed by an additional short sentence. “Okay. There, I said it. I own it. I have to clarify that I mean no disrespect at all to pearl jam, it’s management or anyone who has ever been or currently is a member of the organization.”
Note that just a few weeks ago Abbruzzese shared a very positive Alternative Nation story about himself titled ‘Pearl Jam’s Dave Abbruzzese Releases Touching Video To Fans’ on his Facebook page. We were the only media outlet to cover the documentary project about him discussed in that story.
We have also reached out to Abbruzzese multiple times for official comment on stories or an interview to fully clarify his views, and he has not responded. If Dave has anything he’d like to share with us to clarify his Hall of Fame thoughts, or to discuss his current projects, we are very open to hearing from him.
Alternative Nation was nothing but supportive of efforts to get Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons into Pearl Jam’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lineup, while also being supportive of all of the members that did get in, including Dave Krusen, who we recently interviewed.
Someone recently contacted me and shared some very personal information about Abbruzzese, which included a Pearl Jam royalties payment, and we chose not to publish any of the barrage of information out of respect to Abbruzzese. Alternative Nation supports Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Dave Krusen, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons, Matt Chamberlain, and everyone who has ever played in Pearl Jam.
Here is the original statement Abbruzzese posted on YouTube that he then posted on Facebook, which Rolling Stone then picked up on as well.
Hello, David Abbruzzese here….
Not true, the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite.
I personally have deep respect for all drummers and of course the five that participated in the pearl jam bands carreer… I am going to say this; For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying onthrough and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired. I gave this band all I had to give every single moment I was in it. I never played for a paycheck. I never let the band down. I never let the music down. I never let the fans down… not once. I suppose that is why I am still such a point of contention. Truth be told, if I would have been inducted, I would have requested my tech, Jimmy Shoaf Jr. and my daughter, Francesca to say a few words on my behalf. If they had invited me to be there to witness the bands induction? Nope. To do that would justify the mistake and disrespect the core fans that took this band to heart back when all we were to become, we had to earn and also, most importantly, we had to prove we deserved every single time we took the stage. And we did that. We, the Pearl Jam band & original crew, deserved to be inducted & respected. I’m proud of my old friends for managing it all so well. I dont know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too