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