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Pearl Jam invites all drummers to Rock Hall induction

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Pearl Jam announced on Saturday (March 11th) that the band is inviting all five of its drummers -- including Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and Matt Cameron -- to the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Only Krusen, who played on the band's debut disc Ten, and Cameron, who has been in the lineup since 1998, were named for actual induction by the Hall of Fame organization.

Rolling Stone reports, in a handwritten note posted on the band's Twitter account, the members of Pearl Jam wrote in part that they "feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years."

The letter continued, "Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”

The Hall of Fame's omission of Abbruzzese in particular drew a heated response from fans and Abbruzzese himself, who joined the band on the Ten tour and played on two of its biggest and most important albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, arguably providing the beat for the most successful stretch of the group's history.

Abbruzzese went public with his unhappiness, blasting the Hall of Fame and writing on Facebook, "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.”

Reps for both the Hall and Pearl Jam confirmed again that only Krusen and Cameron will be inducted, with the inductees solely determined by the Hall of Fame. Abbruzzese, Chamberlain and Irons had yet to comment at press time.

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


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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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