Pearl Jam were officially inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week, inducted by the legendary David Letterman. Now, Pearl Jam aren't quite metal (although who can deny their incredible debut album?) but this story does have a metal tinge to it.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament wore a shirt paying tribute to all the bands that influenced him and the rest of the band that he felt are being snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The shirt featured artists like Steppenwolf (who arguably wrote the first heavy metal song of all the time, and it was in this song that the phrase "heavy metal" was first coined), Bad Company, The Smiths, Alice In Chains… and a few bands metalhead would recognize… Slayer, Faith No More, Minor Threat, King Diamond, Alice In Chains, and Dio.
The band posted the shirt on their Instagram:
Billboard reports that during his induction speech, Ament said "It’s an honor … to be part of a club that includes so many of our heroes — Neil [Young], the Clash, [Led] Zeppelin, the Stooges, Cheap Trick — but the fact is that we were affected and infected by bands that aren’t here. So many important bands that made us want to pick up our guitars and write songs. Roxy Music, the Jam, Devo, X, Black Flag, Jane’s Addiction."