Ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has amended his harsh comments about being excluded from the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
After an initial Facebook post taking the band itself to task for the omission, Abbruzzese has posted another message hedging his bets and "requesting that the media please refrain from trying to make a negative story out of this. It is a drag that these 'writers' are taking Facebook comments out of context and using them to create a story that doesn't exist."
Abbruzzese explains that he is "not slamming the Hall of Fame or Pearl Jam. I understand there may be some flaws inherent to the balloting process. I reacted emotionally, and my reaction was based on a lack of understanding. I have spoken to friends and peers and I am resolved to wait patiently to watch and see how it works out. I am not looking to ruffle any feathers. I am not angry with the RRHOF or Pearl Jam."
Abbruzzese was Pearl Jam's drummer from 1991-94 and played on the Vs. and Vitalogy albums. Original PJ drummer Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron are currently 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.
I AM REQUESTING THAT THE MEDIA PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A negative STORY OUT OF THIS. It is a drag that these 'writers' are taking...
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.