Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Clarifies Hall of Fame Comments
Abbruzzese, a member of the Pearl Jam lineup from 1991-'94 — a timespan that produced the group's bestselling Vs. and Vitalogy LPs — made headlines recently after publicly reacting to his exclusion from the list of members due to be inducted if the band makes it into this year's Hall of Fame freshman class.
"Let's see if they do the right thing," he wrote after not being included in the band's nomination. "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!"
That comment, along with a post expressing Abbruzzese's hope that Pearl Jam would "do the right thing" and another saying "they can't justify ignoring my contributions," has helped create the impression that there's a feud between the two sides — something Abbruzzese has laid to rest with a clarification of his remarks.
Opening with a request that media outlets "refrain from making a negative story out of this," Abbruzzese told Facebook followers that the post-nomination dustup has been "a drag" and insisted in all caps, "I AM NOT SLAMMING THE HALL OF FAME OR PEARL JAM."
Aware that Pearl Jam isn't in control of which former members are included by the Hall during the nomination process, Abbruzzese added that he understands the "flaws inherent to the balloting process" and added, "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."
Regardless of whatever happens, Abbruzzese — who's in the midst of working on a solo album — made it clear he isn't looking for a fight. "I am not looking to ruffle any feathers," he reiterated. "I am not angry with the RRHOF or Pearl Jam."
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