Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer David Abbruzzese Continues Criticism of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snub

Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesFormer Pearl Jam drummer David Abbruzzese continues to criticize his old band, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for excluding him from induction.

"Pearl Jam has always seemingly had a perceived level of integrity and has been known to stand their ground & fight the good fight," Abbruzzese writes in a Facebook post. "But it seems the allure of being given this trophy is just too important for them to take a stand."

When Pearl Jam is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, current members Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, plus original drummer Dave Krusen, will all be honored. Abbruzzese, who played on Vs. and Vitalogy before being fired from the band in 1994, previously called his exclusion from the induction an "absolute travesty."

"Whoever is ultimately responsible for the decision that deemed my work with Pearl Jam as an effort that was not important enough to grant me induction knows nothing of what we accomplished," writes Abbruzzese. "And I am personally at a loss for words for how Stone, Mike, Jeff, Matt, Edward and [manager] Kelly Curtis are accepting of such an injustice."

"I was there and I am still proud to be a part of what Pearl Jam was," he continues. "My point in all of this is to share the fact that what Pearl Jam once was, is what is still, and will always be Pearl Jam. I know things are tough. We need music, each other and the spirit of Rock & Roll now, more than ever before."

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