Former Pearl Jam Drummer Boycotts Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has slammed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for leaving his name off of the band’s nomination.
“It’s just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response,” he wrote on his personal Facebook page.
“Let’s see if they do the right thing. It’ll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it. I’ve seen them change a 15 year old settlement agreement just by ignoring its contents and withholding money that didn’t belong to them in order to force me to accept the changes. They know how to play the game…their way!”
Although Abbruzzese performed on the band’s third studio album, Vitalogy, he was fired in August 1994 due to personality conflicts with the band members, four months before the album was released. Pearl Jams’ Bass Player Jeff Ament said:
Dave was a different egg for sure. There were a lot of things, personality wise, where I didn’t see eye to eye with him. He was more comfortable being a rock star than the rest of us. Partying, girls, cars. I don’t know if anyone was in the same space.
Abbruzzese has collaborated with Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel). They released their song “Like The Child Of The Water I Am” for online download on December 26, 2015 and stated that their collaboration is ongoing and more music would be released in 2016.