Saturday, August 22, 2020

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman dead at 64

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman died on August 18 at the age of 64.

The news was confirmed by the band on August 22, who shared this message: “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.”

No details regarding Sherman’s cause of death have been revealed at press time.

The guitarist joined the lineup in December of 1983 in place of founding member Hillel Slovak, who left the group to focus on What is This?, another band he was in at the time.

Although Sherman – who appeared on the Peppers’ 1984 self-titled album debut – was eventually fired after its release, with Slovak returning to the fold, he did contribute material for the follow-up, 1985’s “Freaky Styley”; neither record charted in the US.

Sherman would go on to record with Bob Dylan, George Clinton, Tonio K. and others, even regrouping with the Peppers for some work on 1988’s “The Abbey Road E.P.” and backing vocals on a pair of songs on 1989’s “Mother's Milk” – including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s classic, “Higher Ground.”

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