On Friday night, Pearl Jam appeared at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The band’s current lineup – Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron – all got onstage to make speeches marking the achievement, as did founding drummer Dave Krusen.
Read a few snippets of their speech at the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame below.
Stone Gossard: Maybe the most important reason we came tonight is not to receive this honor, but to honor those who have worked so hard for this band, to help it function. All of us can fill sheets of paper with the many names, of our loving family members, our oldest and dearest friends, our influences, our idols, our collaborators, our counselors, our contributors, the people who mediated for us and assisted us in countless ways.
Dave Krusen: I’d like to thank the Hall of Fame. Pearl Jam saved my life. And to my family, my kids, I love you guys. Thank you.
Matt Cameron: I would like to thank my parents for letting me practice drums in their house for probably a decade or so. I really appreciate that. I would like to thank my brothers in Pearl Jam for inviting me into their incredible [band]. We so appreciate the fans and the life’s blood that you give to our art form of rock and roll. Thank you.
Mike McCready: Woo! That feels good. We’re in pivoting moments of the changing forever. My friends and family, a lot of you are here tonight. You bring me laughter and teach me how to live. I love all of you. All my friends and family are here tonight. All of our fans, thank you for hanging out with us before we go.
Jeff Ament: Being here with the band, who have become some of my best friends in the process, making music and art, traveling the world, supporting causes and programs together, making small differences, meeting great artists and creative minds all over the world. But the very best part about tonight is that my mom, who gave me the keys to the piano and my dad, who taught me about hard work and community, they’re here with my family. So this is for every small town kid who has a dream.
Eddie Vedder: So last thing, we’ve been through a lot, this group, and if it weren’t for everybody out hearing about our music, if it weren’t for everybody out here who came to the shows … Those are the things that really kept us together when we felt the responsibility to the music was bigger than ourselves or our own personal needs. We knew we were better together than apart. It was you. I love these people so much. I feel like maybe we’re about halfway there to deserving something, immaculate of this statue, maybe halfway there. But this is very encouraging. And we’re very grateful. Thank you.
You can read the rest of Pearl Jam’s speech here.