Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman dies aged 64

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

The band shared their sadness at the musician’s death, posting a tribute to Instagram.

A post on the group’s official Instagram account read: ‘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.’

Bassist Flea added: ‘Love to sherm.’

RHCP shared a black and white picture of Jack with the band in the 1980s. 

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Sherman replaced guitarist Hillel Slovak on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ self-titled debut album in 1984, joining Anthony Kiedis Flea and then drummer Cliff Martinez. 

He was a co-writer on the debut’s follow-up Freaky Styley in 1985, but was replaced by a returning Slovak before the album came out, amid rumours of tension between the guitarist and frontman Kiedis. 

However, Sherman later contributed to the rock band’s albums Mother’s Milk and The Abbey Road EP.

Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, who produced the band’s debut album, said Sherman was ‘significant to the band’s history, very much part of getting the funk guitar in there’, while despite their tense relationship, Kiedis credited Sherman with ‘keeping the band afloat for a year’. 

Despite his contributions, Sherman was left out when Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012, as was Dave Navarro.

Sherman was disappointed by the decision and believed that it was the band’s call, despite the Hall Of Fame saying that only original members, current members and those who played on multiple albums were eligible for induction.

He told Billboard: ’It appeared to be a politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have that are probably the band’s and not the Hall’s.

‘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 dishonoured. I’m being dishonoured, and it sucks.’

After leaving the Chilis, Sherman provided session work for artists including George Clinton and Feargal Sharkey, as well as taking a lead role on Tonio K’s Notes From The Lost Civilisation and Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded. 

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