Jack Sherman, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, dies aged 64

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died aged 64.

The band confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter, saying: “We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed. Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA.

“He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”

The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Sherman joined the LA-based alternative rock group, best known for hits including Under The Bridge and Californication, in December 1983, replacing founding member Hillel Slovak.

Mr Sherman was not included when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. This was officially because he was not a current or founder member.

He told Billboard at the time: “I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”

‘It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded. I’m not claiming that I’ve brought anything other to the band… but to have soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work.

‘And I think that’s what you do in a job, looking back. And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.’

Apart from the rock band, Sherman also worked on Tonio K.’s Notes from the Lost Civilization, Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded, as well as George Clinton and Feargal Sharkey albums.

 

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