Yesterday, Pearl Jam were (rightfully) nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year, in their first year of eligibility.
On the official Rock Hall website, they list Pearl Jam’s current lineup, as well as original drummer Dave Krusen, as potential inductees, but left out other former drummer: Dave Abbruzzese, who has now responded publicly.
“If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat… They will do the right thing,” Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook, linking to an article pointing out his omission. “The members of Pearl jam have got to know what’s the right thing to do. They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not,” he added later.
Abbruzzese took temporary drummer Matt Chamberlain’s place in 1991, but was fired in 1994 because of personality clashes. But no need to blame Eddie and the boys, as The Rock Hall’s nominating committee chooses who among a band’s lineup were included, not the actual band themselves.
What do you think of the snub?