Jack Sherman, one-time guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers who performed on the band’s debut album, has died at the age of 64, the band confirmed Friday. No reason for demise was offered.
“We of the RHCP household wish to want Jack Sherman clean crusing into the worlds past, for he has handed,” the band wrote on Instagram. “Jack performed on our debut album in addition to our first tour of the USA. He was a singular dude and we thank him for all instances good, dangerous and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”
Sherman’s tenure in Red Hot Chili Peppers lasted simply over one yr starting in December 1983, with the guitarist — who changed founding member Hillel Slovak — taking part in on the band’s self-titled debut album. Sherman additionally co-wrote a lot of the fabric on the band’s second LP. “Freaky Styley,” however when Slovak rejoined in early 1985 previous to recording that album, the Chili Peppers — amid rising tensions — parted methods with Sherman.
Soon after, Sherman was among the many military of guitarists recruited for Bob Dylan’s 1986 album “Knocked Out Loaded,” showing within the credit alongside Tom Petty, Ronnie Wood, David A. Stewart and Mike Campbell.
Sherman would make another return to the Chili Peppers, offering background vocals on a pair of tracks off their 1989 album “Mother’s Milk,” together with the group’s hit cowl of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”
Despite Sherman’s transient however indispensable tenure within the Chili Peppers — Anthony Kiedis credited him with serving to to maintain the group “afloat” following Slovak’s exit, the singer wrote in his memoir — the guitarist was not among the many band members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
“It’s actually painful to see all this celebrating happening and be excluded,” Sherman instructed Billboard at the time. “I’m not claiming that I’ve introduced something different to the band … however to have soldiered on below arduous situations to attempt to make the factor work, and I feel that’s what you do in a job, trying again. And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”
Late Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, who produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ debut album, added of Sherman in 2012, “I do discover him to be vital to the band’s historical past, very a lot a part of getting the funk guitar in there.”