Early Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has died

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have lost one of their own. Jack Sherman, an early guitarist for the band, has passed away at the age of 64. The band made the announcement on Twitter, "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." They continued, "He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform."


Sherman first joined the group in 1983, replacing founding guitarist Hillel Slovak. Sherman played on the band's self-titled debit in 1984 and their first US tour. He also co-wrote several songs on their follow-up 1985 album, 'Freaky Styley.'

Sherman left the band when Slovak re-joined soon after. He reunited with the group in 1988 after providing backing vocals on 'Higher Ground' and 'Good Time Boys' from the band's 'Mother's Milk' album.

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