A bit of pre-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction reunion took place for a couple members of Pearl Jam over the weekend in Seattle.
Jack Irons, who played drums in both bands, was joined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder during his opening set on Friday (March 17) for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' in Seattle. Vedder and Irons, who plays a solo, technology-assisted set, teamed up for a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," much to the delight of Pearl Jam's home town crowd.
Irons was asked to join Pearl Jam when the group formed during 1990 but declined, then later signed on during late 1994 and stayed with the group through March of 1998, playing on the albums No Code and Yield and on Neil Young's Mirror Ball, for which Pearl Jam served as Young's backing band.
Irons is not listed as an official Pearl Jam Rock Hall inductee but has been invited to the ceremony by the band.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.