Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese slams Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for omitting him from the band’s nomination

“It’s just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response,” Abbruzzese said

The former drummer of Pearl Jam, Dave Abbruzzese, has spoken out about being omitted from the band’s nomination to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Abbruzzese served as the band’s third drummer, joining the fray in 1991 when he replaced short-term member Matt Chamberlain. The 48-year-old was fired from Pearl Jam in 1994, having played on the albums ‘Vs.’ and ‘Vitalogy’.

With the news that the long-serving alt. rock band are among the nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, Abbruzzese has spoken about his disappointment at not being included in the nomination. As Alternative Nation reports, alongside bandmembers Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and the band’s first drummer, Dave Krusen, will all be inducted if their nomination is successful.


Abbruzzese has reacted to the snub by taking to his Facebook page, expressing his disappointment about being left out. “It’s just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response,” he wrote on his personal account. “Let’s see if they do the right thing. It’ll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it.”

“I’ve seen them change a 15 year old settlement agreement just by ignoring its contents and withholding money that didn’t belong to them in order to force me to accept the changes,” he continued. “They know how to play the game… their way!”

Jack Irons, who played drums for the band after Abbruzzese until 1998, has not been nominated either.

The other nominees for induction to the Hall of Fame in 2017 include Chic, Jane’s Addiction and Tupac Shakur. Voting is underway now, with the announcement due in December.


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