Warning: This blog post contains excessive Pearl Jam fangirling.
If you haven’t already figured it out, Pearl Jam are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017. Along with others… but we’ll get to that later.
To be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists need to have brought out a release 25 years prior to when they are up for nomination. This is Pearl Jam’s first year of being able to be entered, and they got in straight away. The band brought out their debut grungy-rock album ‘Ten‘ back in 1991, which reached platinum success. This record features some of Pearl Jam’s most known songs, such as Alive, Even Flow and my favourite: Jeremy.
I keep up with the Hall of Fame every year, but nothing has excited me this much since Nirvana got inducted back in 2014. I just love seeing my favourite bands get the recognition they deserve. What makes this induction even more interesting however, is that Pearl Jam are one of the first bands who formed in the 90s to be inducted, which is actually pretty scary, when you think how long ago that really was.
The other inductees for 2017 are rock bands Yes and Journey, rapper Tupac and folk singer Joan Baez. I’m not quite sure why a rapper is entering the Hall of Fame, when there are a number of bands who fit the criteria better and are not inducted, even though they can be. These include my all time favourite Soundgarden, as well as Motorhead and Motley Crue.
Anyway, I’m so glad that Pearl Jam are being inducted, and will be eager to watch the ceremony next year!