Pearl Jam Get Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Perform Three Classics During Ceremony
Congrats to Pearl Jam, who were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday night (April 7).
The veteran grunge act was inducted by the heavily bearded David Letterman, who was a last-minute replacement for the ailing Neil Young. After Letterman’s 15 minute speech, the band took the stage, each taking turns to speak.
At one point, singer Eddie Vedder took time to thank all of the band’s drummers throughout the years, including Dave Abbruzzese, who has been vocal about his exclusion from the induction. Earlier in the day, Abbruzzese had released a letter stating he would not be in attendance because he wasn’t invited, but still offered best wishes to the band.
After the speeches, the band performed three of their classic songs — “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.” An all-star jam took place immediately afterward, with Vedder leading the musicians onstage in a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”