These musicians were part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, although you probably didn’t know it

A few days ago we talked about the explanations that Red Hot Chili Peppers had given about the reason behind the decision to re-admit John Frusciante to their ranks. In turn, John Frusciante offered one of his first interviews since he returned to the band, talking about his colleagues and opening up about how the work process has been for what will be his twelfth album, ‘Unlimited Love’, which will be released on next April 1. Taking advantage of this fact, we have decided to remember other musicians who were part of the group and that many people have completely forgotten.

Cliff Martinez and Jack Sherman

Red Hot Chili Peppers was born in 1983 made up of singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Flea and drummer Jack Irons. It took very little time for success to arrive and knock on his door in the form of an irrefutable record contract. However, Irons and Slovak also got other offers, therefore they were unable to record with Flea and Anthony Kiedis.

As a result, the latter two recruited Cliff Martinez (drums) and Jack Sherman (guitar) for the recording of the band’s debut album, released in 1984. Soon after, with their fame growing, the band embarked on their first tour, in which they played more than 60 concerts throughout the United States.

During that ‘tour’ tensions arose between Kiedis and Jack Sherman. Apparently, the new guitarist was not willing to allow himself the lifestyle that his colleagues led. This is why, as soon as the tour ended, Sherman was fired from the band and Hillel Slovak returned to pre-1985 work, leaving Red Hot Chili Peppers at the starting point.

The return of Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons

The two musicians went back to work on a sophomore release almost as soon as Hillel Slovak rejoined the band. Dissatisfied with the too “clean” sound of their debut, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hired Parliament-Funkadelic’s own George Clinton to produce their second LP.

After touring and recording, Kiedis and Slovak’s heroin addiction began to severely affect the band’s logistical capacity. A fact that had already led to the departure of Jack Sherman in the past and that this time was going to motivate the departure of Cliff Martinez. The hole in the drums was filled immediately with an old acquaintance: Jack Irons was returning to the group.

However, those addictions would take their toll on the band again in the form of a tragic event. Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, just after ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan’ tour ended. Unable to cope with the death of his childhood friend, Jack Irons also left the band.

Frusciante and Chad Smith

Finding himself without a guitarist, D.H. Peligro convinced Flea to consider a young friend of his named John Frusciante for the part. The young man fit in perfectly and demonstrated his great knowledge of the group, since he was a recognized ‘fan’. However, his supporter, DH Danger, would be fired due to his increasing drug and alcohol abuse.

Then, an open audition was held for the role of drummer, from which Chad Smith would be chosen for the position. His incorporation brought the necessary stability to the group, which would translate into four years of great success. Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante and Smith made history.

Arik Marshall, Jesse Tobias and Dave Navarro

But, even at this best moment, drugs came knocking on the group’s door again. In this case, taking its toll on John Frusciante. So in May 1992, Frusciante abruptly left the band after a show in Tokyo and returned to Los Angeles, where he would spend the next several years battling addiction.

The initial idea was to place Dave Navarro (who would later end up being part of the group), but finally they ended up agreeing with Arik Marshall’s guitarist. Unfortunately, the working chemistry with the guitarist was not what was expected and in September 1993, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hired Jesse Tobias as the next lead guitarist. However, Tobias would be replaced by Navarro later that month, as the latter was finally ready to join the band.

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These musicians were part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, although you probably didn’t know it

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