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Early Pearl Jam drummer has to skip Rock Hall ceremony

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One of the former Pearl Jam drummers invited by the band to attend its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month has indicated that he won't attend the ceremony.

Matt Chamberlain, who played with the group in the early stages of the Ten touring cycle back in 1991 and appeared in the video for "Alive," said that work commitments will prevent him from attending the ceremony.

He told Rolling Stone, "I’m so happy they are getting honored by the Hall of Fame. They are good friends and total inspirations. I wish them all the best. Of course, I appreciate the shoutout.”

Dave Abbruzzese, the drummer on the Vs. and Vitalogy albums who has been the most vocal about being excluded from the induction, reposted Pearl Jam's invite on his Facebook page, seeming to indicate that he will likely attend. Reports that claimed he would not show up were deemed false.

Jack Irons, who played on the No Code and Yield albums and tours, has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

The only two drummers who will actually be inducted with the band are original stickman Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron.

Pearl Jam will be inducted alongside Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7th.

Did you know?

Matt Chamberlain played only a few shows with Pearl Jam before leaving to take a job with the Saturday Night Live house band.

Chamberlain recommended that his friend Dave Abbruzzese take his place in Pearl Jam.

Chamberlain played drums for Soundgarden on tour in 2014, sitting in for Matt Cameron -- who was unavailable due to touring commitments with Pearl Jam!

Dave Krusen has been a member of Candlebox on and off throughout the years, having played on several of the group's albums and rejoining the lineup as recently as 2015.

Jack Irons was the original drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2012. He played with them for the first time in 24 years at the induction ceremony.

It was Irons who introduced the members of Pearl Jam to Eddie Vedder, which ultimately led to Vedder joining the band.


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Mookie Blaylock
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The band originally took the name Mookie Blaylock, in reference to the pro NBA basketball player. They played their first official show at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle on October 22, 1990, and soon signed to Epic Records and renamed themselves Pearl Jam. They chose Ten for the title of their debut album after Blaylock's jersey number

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