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Pearl Jam Kickoff The 2017 Rock Hall Controversy Season

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame never seems to have to work too hard to generate controversy -- even from acts that are nominated.

Today's brouhaha comes from Dave Abbruzzese, Pearl Jam's drummer from 1991-94, who's none-too-pleased that he's not included in the group's nomination for the class of 2017. Abbruzzese played on Pearl Jam's Vs. and Vitalogy albums but was fired in 1994.

Abbruzzese posted a note on Facebook, writing that, "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...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."

Original PJ drummer Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron are part of the nomination, while other drummers Jack Irons and Matt Chamberlin were also excluded. Pearl Jam has not responded at all to the Rock Hall nomination.

Voting has started, and the five inductees will be announced during early December, with the ceremony slated for April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and filmed for subsequent broadcast on HBO.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.