Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday. During bassist Jeff Ament’s acceptance speech, he said, “It’s an honor to be part of a club that includes so many of our heroes—Neil, the Clash, Zeppelin, the Stooges, Cheap Trick. But the fact is that we were affected by bands that aren’t here.” As he said those words, Ament was wearing a shirt featuring the names of bands who haven't entered the Rock Hall yet. Pearl Jam shared a photo of the shirt on Twitter (see below). Near the end of the list on the t-shirt is Nirvana’s original drummer Chad Channing, who did not get inducted with the rest of the band.
Pearl Jam were honored during the ceremony by David Letterman. They did a set of their own material: "Alive", "Given to Fly" and "Better Man", then joined by former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson and members of Journey and Yes to perform "Rockin' in the Free World". Neil Young was supposed to do the induction speech for Pearl Jam, but had to cancel last minute due to an undisclosed illness.