The ceremony is Friday, April 7, and we'll be covering it live from New York.
Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here are six things to know about the event:
1. When can fans watch the show?
Unless you have a ticket to the long-ago sold out ceremony Friday night, you won’t be able to see it until the telecast Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. on HBO. However, I’ll have live tweets of the event (@bcondotta), and you can also follow the Rock Hall’s Twitter account at @rockhall.
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2. Who else is being inducted?
Pearl Jam is one of six groups/musicians being inducted as performers. The others are ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Joan Baez, Journey, Tupac Shakur and Yes. Nile Rodgers, founding member of Chic among a long list of accomplishments, is being given the Award for Musical Excellence.
3. What songs will Pearl Jam perform?
Good question. Bands typically perform three songs and often keep the set list a surprise, and Pearl Jam has yet to reveal what it may play. However, the band is expected to perform at least one song with original drummer Dave Krusen who played only on the first album, “Ten.’’ So it only makes sense that Krusen, who has not performed with the band since 1991, will play a song from that album, which Pearl Jam undoubtedly will want to represent anyway. Playing “Alive’’ with the original drummer almost seems too good of a pairing to pass up. Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron are being inducted with the other four original members who remain the core of the group, though all five drummers were invited to the ceremony. The biggest mystery is if Dave Abbruzzese, who replaced Krusen, will show up. Abbruzzese played on the second and third albums, “Vs.’’ and “Vitalogy,’’ before being fired. Abbruzzese has been reported as “livid’’ that he’s not an official inductee.
4. Who will introduce Pearl Jam?
The band had selected Neil Young to give the introductory speech. But he pulled out of the ceremony this week with what he called a minor illness. So David Letterman — who had the band on his show seven times – will fill in instead. And that leads to the another burning question — will Letterman shave the beard that has grown to almost Rip Van Winkle-lengths since his retirement in 2015?
5. How did Pearl Jam get chosen?
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Performers become eligible 25 years after the release of their first recording. Bands are then nominated for election and a vote that includes a fan online poll and ballots from more than 900 others is held. Pearl Jam finished in the top four in the fan vote along with ELO, Journey and Yes, which helped it get elected in the band’s first year of eligibility. Tupac was also elected in his first year of eligibility, bringing to 51 the number of artists to get in on their first try. There have been 317 total inductees.
6. What’s the top non-Pearl Jam story line?
Probably whether Steve Perry will show up and perform with Journey.
The band’s iconic singer has not performed with the group since 1991, and it remains unclear if he will show up Friday.
Also always a mystery of the ceremony — this year’s is the 32nd — is what songs will be performed when all of the inductees play together to close out the show. Prince will be honored with a performance featuring Lenny Kravitz. It’s unclear if Chuck Berry, who died last month, will be honored in some way. If not, the playing of a Berry song seems a natural to close things out.