Ex-Pearl Jam Member Reacts To Exclusion From New Rock Hall of Fame Plaque


Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has reacted on Facebook to his snub from the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum plaque, which only mentions inducted members Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, and Dave Krusen.

Abrruzzese linked to an article titled: ‘Pearl Jam members have been snubbed from their Hall Of Fame plaque.’ He responded with one word: “Dig.”

He also recently wrote on the 10th anniversary of the death of Eleven singer/keyboardist Natasha Shneider: “I miss her almost every day.”

View the Facebook posts followed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plaque below.

Pearl Jam in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! from r/pearljam

Abbruzzese wrote in April 2017, “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.”