Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died at the age of 64, the band confirmed on social media on Friday.
“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers said.
“Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA,” the band added. “He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”
Sherman replaced founding Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak in December of 1983 and played on the band’s self-titled debut album.
The guitarist also co-wrote songs on the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s second album, Freaky Styley, but was replaced by Slovak before recording on the album began.
Sherman was not among the member of the band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and told Billboard at the time, “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,” he added. “And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”
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