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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Upset Over Rock Hall Snub

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman is upset that he wasn’t honored as part of the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction, despite having recorded two albums with the band.

The Chili Peppers have been in the game for over 30 years and have seen more than their fair share of members come and go. While ex-Peppers Jack Irons and John Frusciante chose to exit the band, Sherman and one-time Frusciante stand-in Dave Navarro were fired from the outfit.

As decided by the Rock Hall, Sherman was not recognized as part of the band’s induction, even though he performed on more albums than current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who was honored. Sherman tells Billboard that he believes his exclusion was “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.”

Regardless of whose call it was, the thing that bothers Sherman the most is being treated as a mere footnote in the band’s time line. “It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded,” Sherman said. “I’m not claiming that I’ve brought anything other to the band, but to have soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work, and I think that’s what you do in a job, looking back. And that’s been dishonored. I’m being dishonored, and it sucks.”

Sherman and Navarro weren’t the only exclusions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction — three other former RHCP guitarists and former drummer D.H. Peligro were also omitted. In addition to the band’s current roster of Klinghoffer, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith, guitarists John Frusciante, late axeman Hillel Slovak and drummers Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons were all inducted.

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