Pearl Jam's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is giving Seattle's so-called grunge scene of the late '80s and early '90s reason to cheer again.
The group will become part of the Rock Hall's class of 2017, joining Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They'll be joining Nirvana, who was inducted at the same venue in 2014 -- like Pearl Jam, its first year of eligibility. That's given some pre-holiday cheer to some of the band's peers, though one thinks the Rock Hall may have gotten the order of induction wrong.
"I would imagine if you had to think of all the bands that came out of Seattle, out of our scene, the first band I would think of would be Pearl Jam, and the next one I would've said should be Nirvana," Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil tells Billboard. "Now, of course, rock 'n' roll journalists have a different perspective; they put Nirvana in first because of the cultural impact. But I'd put Pearl Jam on top of that list. They're certainly one of the hugest bands in the world, most successful bands, very influential. And obviously Pearl Jam has the greater body of work and greater longevity."