Pearl Jam Will Bring All Five Drummers To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

first_imgIn their first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam easily garnered enough votes to find their way into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With the induction ceremony coming up on April 7th, the band will be honored by another legendary Hall Of Famer – Neil Young. As Pearl Jam regularly covers Young’s music, this will be a meaningful way for the two artists to share their respect for one another.Though, Pearl Jam’s induction has caused controversy among previous drummers who were not in the original or existing lineup. With founding member Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron in line to be formally inducted – alongside frontman Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready – past drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons were all left out.Abbruzzese expressed his concern to Facebook recently, saying: “I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam.” The drummer, known for his tenure with PJ from 1991-94, continued, “The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bullshit. It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case. The milestones and the success obtained during my period in the band… The Grammy, AMA’s, MTV Awards, over 20 plus million albums sold. MTV Unplugged performance. SNL twice, etc. Over 275 shows.”He even nudged his former bandmates to do the “right thing.” He says, “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.”Pearl Jam has officially responded to this matter, recruiting Abbruzzese and all other former drummers to join them at the induction ceremony next month. They write:“While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortuante 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.”“Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”You can read Pearl Jam’s full letter below.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame goes down April 7th in Brooklyn. A pre-recorded telecast will then air on HBO on April 29th.[H/T CoS]last_img read more

Social media connects world to conclave

first_imgAlthough the College of Cardinals used a smoke signal Wednesday to signal its election of a new pope, the rest of the world relied on social media to stay updated on the conclave. Junior Austin Lagomarsino said he first heard the news on Facebook when a friend posted “Habemus Papam” as his status. “I followed [the conclave] on Facebook, but the best one to follow was Fr. Edward Sorin on Twitter,” Lagomarsino said. The fake Fr. Edward Sorin account tweeted Wednesday at 9:02 a.m. EST, “If the tailgating in Saint Peter’s Square gets out of hand, no more night-popes for a while.” Social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram did not exist when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected in 2005. But since the conclave began Tuesday, thousands of mobile devices tweeted photos each time the smoke appeared, whether it was black or white. Senior Catherine Flatley said she found out about the new pope through social media and then turned to news media sources like the New York Times. “I didn’t realize so many of my peers followed [the conclave] closely,” she said. “I saw posts on Facebook and Tweets, but I went and actually read about it via the news.” Mobile applications created for the conclave were available within 48 hours of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation, according to a report from CNN. One application, Conclave, by Logos Bible Software, provided free updates, live video from Saint Peter’s Square and historical information about the election process. PopeAlarm.com, developed by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, promised to update users whenever the smoke appeared via SMS and the website’s Twitter handle, @popealarm. FantasyConclave.com, a website based on sports brackets, allowed users to select a cardinal and enter a pool with the chance to win prizes, some valued more than $300. Some of the cardinals joined the Twitter community as they discussed the conclave, including Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Mahoney, who tweeted at 7:07 p.m. March 11, “Last tweet before moving to Casa Santa Martha, and Mass to Elect a Pope. First Conclave meeting late Tuesday afternoon. Prayers needed.” Crews installed mobile device jammers in the Sistine Chapel and the residences at the Santa Marta hotel to prevent the news from leaking out preemptively, according to a report by NBC. Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Telegraph of London, “In this electronic age, I worry some cardinals may go into iPad and Twitter withdrawal.” Any cardinal or Vatican worker who breached the security code would face excommunication, according to The Telegraph. When the newly-elected Pope Francis finally stepped onto the balcony, the Twitter sphere exploded with exclamations of “Habemus Papam” and “Francisco Primo”. Twitter users started using the handle @JMBergoglio, which existed long before the new pontiff’s candidacy for the papacy, to congratulate him, according to a report from NBC. Twitter had to suspend the account when it nearly doubled in followers within a few hours of the announcement. The account was allegedly a fake account, according to Slate Magazine. Pope Francis will inherit not only Saint Peter’s throne but also @Pontifex, the pope’s official Twitter account. The account has 1,819,926 followers and counting, and has produced one tweet at 7:33 CET on March 13. The tweet reads, “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM”.last_img read more

Henry ready to meet his match: It’s Tiger

first_imgHenry shouldn’t have the customary nerves that come with playing Woods since he has spent time with him as a member of the Ryder Cup team. Woods took all four of the Ryder Cup rookies out to dinner and Henry was one of them. Woods is no lock to win in match-play events. He lost in a first-round match to Shaun Micheel at the World Match Play Championship last year. “I’m looking forward to it,” Henry said. “This will be my first chance to play in a world match-play event. So to get an opportunity to play, and then of course to play against Tiger, is something that, win or lose, I’m going to have a lot of fun.” Kim lights it up: Anthony Kim worked a hot putter and shot a final-round 64 at the Nissan to finish in a tie for ninth. It’s his second top-10 finish in seven events on the PGA Tour. Kim, the youngest player on tour at 21, finished at 8 under for the tournament, eight shots behind Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III, who won in a three-hole playoff. Kim, who grew up in Studio City, lost his passport, so he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in this week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico. Charl Schwartzel withdrew, allowing Henry, the first alternate, to get in. But Henry’s first-round match will be against top-ranked Tiger Woods. “I was pretty excited,” Henry said. “I happened to be talking to Mark Russell (one of the directors) and he said, `You’re in.’ I said, `You’ve got to be kidding me.’ I was all excited and I birdied 17, and I had a chance on 18. But it’s a chance for being 64th and having the opportunity to play Tiger, and how could you not relish a chance to play with the best player in the world?” Ernie improving: Ernie Els tied for third, three shots back, along with Robert Allenby and Jim Furyk. Els started the day with a hot streak, going 4 under on the front nine despite missing a short birdie putt on the ninth. “I was really good at times, and then when I missed it, I was pretty bad,” Els said. “I got the ball up and down numerous times, and that’s all I’ll say. Looking at everything, I think the tournament I played was pretty good, the way I hit it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PACIFIC PALISADES – J.J. Henry wasn’t even finished with his final round of the Nissan Open when he got the news that some would call good and others frightening. He was walking up to the 17th hole when a tournament director for the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship told him he just got in the tournament this week. last_img