Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Clarifies Rock Hall Snub Comments
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveiled the 2017 nominees, many were enthused to find grunge legends Pearl Jam received the nod in their first eligible year. When looking further into the nomination, fans were shocked to see former drummer Dave Abbruzzese's name left off the list. The skinsman responded and is now irked by how his words have been perceived, leading him to issue another statement.
In his first response to the snub, Abbruzzese did not attack the Rock Hall. Instead, he urged his former bandmates to stick up for him, calling on them to "do the right thing." The drummer performed on Pearl Jam's second and third albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, which have sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. combined and toured with the band during their Ten album cycle.
Posting on his Facebook page (seen below), Abbruzzese condemned the media for turning his words into a negatively focused story and added that his statement was taken out of context. He's also said his reaction was emotional and he now has a deeper understanding of the balloting process and that he is "not looking to ruffle any feathers." "I am not angry with the RRHOF or PEARL JAM," explained the drummer.
Fans can cast their vote and the top five nominees from the fan vote will each receive one extra vote in the selection process. The polls close Dec. 6 and the induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. in April of next year. Click here to see the full list of nominees.
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