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Jack Irons


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Jack Irons (born July 18, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is a drummer who has played for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, What Is This?, Redd Kross, Raging Slab, Joe Strummer and Latino Rockabilly War, Pearl Jam, and Eleven.

(1983-1988) Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Jack was a founding member of, and the original drummer for, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California alongside Anthony Kiedis, Michael “Flea” Balzary and Hillel Slovak. He left the Red Hot Chili Peppers for What Is This? before the self-titled album was recorded and then came back later to help write and record the Chili Peppers’ third album “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan”.

When childhood friend and bandmate, Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, Irons left Red Hot Chili Peppers due to the huge shock Slovak’s death had on him. He entered therapy to overcome severe clinical depression the same year.

(1992-1993) Raging Stab

In 1992, Raging Slab (a band notorious for having over 25 different drummers over the course of their 18 year career), complete with Jack Irons on drums, began recording the follow-up to their 1989 RCA Records self-titled debut, with producer Michael Beinhorn at the helm. The entire album was recorded, mixed, and mastered; however when RCA Records executives heard the album, they complained that they couldn’t hear another “Don’t Dog Me” (a popular single on their previous album). The reason for this, the band replied, was “because that song is on our last record.


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