While being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an honor for most bands, it also causes problems for some who don't know which former members to invite to the ceremony. It could have been a problem for Pearl Jam and their four ex-drummers, but the group came up with a great response: invite all of them!
Soon after the announcement that Pearl Jam would be inducted, former drummer Dave Abbruzzese expressed anger that even though he was on some of the group's greatest records and played nearly 300 shows with them, he wouldn't be part of the ceremony.
In response, the band posted a handwritten letter on Twitter explaining that they're inviting Abbruzzese as well as other former drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain and Jack Irons.
They explained, "We do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years."
The group also wrote that their ex-drummers "are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs" and that they are "looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill."
While all the drummers are now invited, the only ones who will be inducted are current drummer Matt Cameron and Dave Krusen, who was behind the kit on Ten. That's because the Hall decides on inductees, not the band.
Neil Young will provide the induction speech when Pearl Jam enters the Rock Hall (officially) in the ceremony on April 7th in Brooklyn.
Here's the hand-written note posted to Twitter....
Note From Pearl Jam pic.twitter.com/Fl3JbRFKfa— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) March 11, 2017