The 2017 edition of PEARL JAM’s annual fan-club Christmas single includes a soundcheck version of “Alive”, featuring the band’s original drummer, Dave Krusen and recorded prior to PEARL JAM’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction performance on April 7, 2017. The second track is a new cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around And Around”, recorded during a rehearsal for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 30, 2017.
Krusen, who played on PEARL JAM’s 1991 debut “Ten”, is one of the group’s two drummers who were inducted into the Rock Hall, the other being current drummer Matt Cameron. The three stickmen who played in between them — Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons — were all invited to attend but did not enter the Hall with the other members.