Isn’t always the way that when a band gets inducted (or in this case, nominated) that there is discussion as to which member of the band should get in?
That is what is going on a former drummer, Dave Abbruzzese ranted on his official Facebook page about his exclusion from a potential Pearl Jam induction:
“…just a fine opportunity to see what [the group] has to say in response. Let's see if they do the right thing. It'll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it. That band and its management have never been ones to shy away when an injustice is done. Let's see if they still have the courage to fight the good fight!"
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. They know how to play the game… their way!...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."
We have to assume as he was solicited with media requests as he would post additionally on his Facebook page and clarify his comments:
"I am requesting that the media please refrain from attempting to make a negative story out of this.
I am not slamming the Hall Of Fame or PEARL JAM. I understand that 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 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame or PEARL JAM."
If Abbruzzese is upset, he might have a bit of a claim. While his tenure with the band was only three years, that was the stint between 1991 to 1994, an era where they were on top of the alt world. He would join the band for the Ten tour and played on Vs. and Vitalogy replacing Matt Chamberlain, who actually will be inducted should the band get in. He would be fired following a falling out with the rest of the band. It was alleged that Abbruzzese was more of a partying rock star and less serious than his bandmates who were then in the midst of their fight with Ticketmaster.
It is worth noting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dispensed with their usual pattern of announcing which members of an inducted band would be inducted AFTER the group was chosen.
Was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame correct in omitting Abbruzzese?
Let us know your thoughts!