According to The Pulse Of Radio, 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.
Krusen, who played in PEARL JAM during its formative months and left shortly after the recording of its 1991 debut album “Ten”, was asked if he would be up for jamming with his former bandmates at the Hall Of Fame ceremony in April. He told Rolling Stone: “I think the fans would dig that. I’d love to do it … I don’t think it is likely, but I’m down.”
PEARL JAM will be inducted alongside JOURNEY, Joan Baez, ELO, YES and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7.
An edited version of the 32nd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will later air on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
Artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.