Dave Abbruzzese Blasts Pearl Jam's Rock Hall Acceptance Speech As A "Slap In The Face"

April 13, 2017

Lots of controversy seemed to gravitate towards Pearl Jam when it was announced that they were going to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now that the induction ceremony is over and Pearl Jam is in, the drama should be over too, right? Wrong.

In a lengthy post to his Facebook, former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese puts both Pearl Jam and the Hall of Fame on blast for never getting anything remotely close to being invited to the ceremony. "The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room," wrote Abbruzzese. "That isn't an invite."

He went on to say that being lumped in the same category as previous drummers Matt Chamberlain and Dave Krusen as "a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect... but as a contributor? A band member?" Abbruzzese continued, "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."

You can read Dave's full rant below:

However, during his acceptance speech, Eddie Vedder gave Abbrruzzese the nod while thanking some of their previous drummers. “Somehow, we were so fortunate. We had a few drummers. They were all kings and we were so fortunate, every one of them was great. We have the great Dave Abbruzzese, he is a f–king great drummer.”

(source: Loudwire)