Red Hot Chili Peppers Reunite With Original Drummer For Tribute Performance
Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:06:36
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on tour, performing a range of tracks from their latest album, The Getaway, along with a selection of tunes from their 11-album history. And with good reason, the band have been somewhat more reflective of late.
Last Sunday in Grand Rapids, the band marked the 29th anniversary of the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak. As a tribute, the band performed their cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire". In honor of the occasion the Chili Peppers reunited with original drummer, Jack Irons, for a special performance.
Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988. It was the guitarist's approach to fusing rock and funk that served as a foundation for the signature sound that the band would make their own. Irons left the band soon after Slovak's death, at which time the line-up accommodated John Frusciante on guitar, and Chad Smith on drums.
The recent performance of "Fire" held special resonance. The track appeared on the band's 1988 album, Mother's Milk — it was recorded with Slovak and Irons and released two years ahead of the album as a B-side for their 12-inch single "Fight Like A Brave".
You can watch a fan-shot video that the Chili Peppers made available on their official YouTube channel, and get an insight into the drumming style of Jack Irons that was integral to the early work of one of alternative rock's most influential bands.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff