Almost like having an ex-girlfriends name tattooed on your arm, Dave Abbruzzese was the drummer of Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994 and has the Pearl Jam stick figure logo tattooed on his arm. Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam after playing his first show on August 23, 1991. Initially, he was reluctant to join the band full-time but after his second PJ show, Abbruzzese went straight down to his local tattoo parlor and had Jeff Ament’s PJ stick figure drawing from the “Alive” single tattooed onto his left shoulder.
In August of 1994, Abbruzzese was kicked out of Pearl Jam due to personality conflicts with the band members. Abbruzzese still collects money for the two Pearl Jam albums he played on, “Vs”. and “Vitalogy” but I’m pretty sure that having that tattoo is probably like a bad reminder of an ex.
UPDATE: On December 20, 2016 it was announced that Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
The press release stated that the four full-time members of the band Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder would be inducted along with two of their four drummers. Current drummer since 1998 Matt Cameron and “Ten” drummer Dave Krusen made the cut while Jack Irons (who is already in the HOF with Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Dave Abbruzzese were not among the “eligible members”.
In a pair of Facebook posts, Abbruzzese wrote,
“The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what’s the right thing to do. They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat … They will do the right thing.”
He then added:
“I’m not sure how 275+ live shows and 38% of record sales doesn’t fit their criteria…”
SUCKS BIG TIME but at least he’s not getting removed from photos like Black Sabbath has been doing to drummer Bill Ward. See that blur in between Ozzy Osbourne and the car??? That’s Bill!!!
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