Former Pearl Jam Drummer Calls Rock Hall Ceremony “A Slap In The Face”

Last weekend, when Pearl Jam were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they included all the current band members, as well as original drummer Dave Krusen. Krusen was the only former member of the band to make it in, which meant that the various ex-drummers from the band’s history got left out in the cold. One of them wasn’t happy about that.

Dave Abbruzzese joined the band just before they released Ten in 1991. He played on Vs. and Vitalogy, and the band kicked him out in 1994, reportedly for acting too much like a rock star. When the nomination news came out, Abbruzzese was vocal about how pissed off he was. Pearl Jam responded by publicly inviting their excluded ex-drummers to the induction ceremony. Abbruzzese was not placated, and now he says that he wasn’t really invited at all.

Alternative Nation points out that Abbruzzese used his YouTube account to post the following message in one video’s comments section:

Hello, David Abbruzzese here….

Not true, the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite.

I personally have deep respect for all drummers and of course the five that participated in the pearl jam bands carreer… I am going to say this; For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying onthrough and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired. I gave this band all I had to give every single moment I was in it. I never played for a paycheck. I never let the band down. I never let the music down. I never let the fans down… not once. I suppose that is why I am still such a point of contention. Truth be told, if I would have been inducted, I would have requested my tech, Jimmy Shoaf Jr. and my daughter, Francesca to say a few words on my behalf. If they had invited me to be there to witness the bands induction? Nope. To do that would justify the mistake and disrespect the core fans that took this band to heart back when all we were to become, we had to earn and also, most importantly, we had to prove we deserved every single time we took the stage. And we did that. We, the Pearl Jam band & original crew, deserved to be inducted & respected. I’m proud of my old friends for managing it all so well. I dont know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too

Hopefully, Abbruzzese can get some consolation out of the fact that he was the only Pearl Jam member who seemed to enjoy being in Pearl Jam during the band’s peak.

UPDATE: Abbruzzese offered a slightly modified version of the above statement via his Facebook. The bulk of the message remains unchanged, but here’s his updated statement in full:

Well, shit. I responded to a statement someone made online and of course a shit stirring online ‘news source’ decided to make it their business to print my words. So, in an effort to own them, I am going to share them.

Hello, David Abbruzzese here….

Not true, the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite.

I personally have deep respect for all drummers and of course the five that participated in the pearl jam bands carreer… I am going to say this; For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying onthrough and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired. I gave this band all I had to give every single moment I was in it. I never played for a paycheck. I never let the band down. I never let the music down. I never let the fans down… not once. I suppose that is why I am still such a point of contention. Truth be told, if I would have been inducted, I would have requested my tech, Jimmy Shoaf Jr. and my daughter, Francesca to say a few words on my behalf. IF THEY HAD invited me to be there to witness the bands induction? Nope. To do that would justify the mistake and disrespect the core fans that took this band to heart back when all we were to become, we had to earn and also, most importantly, we had to prove we deserved every single time we took the stage. And we did that. We, the Pearl Jam band & original crew, deserved to be inducted & respected. I’m proud of my old friends for managing it all so well. I dont know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too.

Okay. There, I said it. I own it. I have to clarify that I mean no disrespect at all to pearl jam, it’s management or anyone who has ever been or currently is a member of the organization.