Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has hit out at his former bandmates after he was not invited to attend the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month.
The band were inducted along with the Faces/Small Faces, Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys at a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio last month, and Sherman has criticised his former bandmates for not allowing him and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to not attend the ceremony.
Sherman appeared on the band’s first album and contributed material to their second, while Navarro later spent five years in the band and recorded One Hot Minute with them.
However, both he and Navarro missed out, while the band’s late founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, veteran John Frusciante and current six-stringer Josh Klinghoffer were included, though Frusciante chose not to attend the ceremony.
Speaking to Billboard, Sherman said of his feelings about the snub: “It’s 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.”
Sherman added that while he acknowledged he did not have an easy time in the band, he believes he “soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work – that’s what you do in a job. That’s being dishonoured. I’m being dishonoured. And it sucks.”
Speaking on behalf of the band, lawyer Eric Greenspan said of Sherman’s comments: “It’s not a decision made by the band. It’s made by the Hall of Fame. They determine which of the members, through their career, get inducted.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to the UK and Ireland this summer to play three huge outdoor shows. The band will play Knebworth Park near Stevenage on June 23, Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light on June 24 and Dublin’s Croke Park on June 26.