Jack Irons

Born Jul 18, 1962

Jack Steven Irons is an American musician who is best known as the original drummer of the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as the former drummer for Eleven and Pearl Jam. Irons is currently drumming for The Wallflowers, and has worked with Joe Strummer and The Latino Rockabilly War, Redd Kross, Raging Slab, Spinnerette and The Les Claypool Frog Brigade.… Read More

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  • Kristi York Wooten: The Wallflowers' 'glad All Over': 'it Was About The Band Trusting One Another'
    Huffington Post - Oct 08, 2012
  • Up & Coming
    The Portland Mercury - May 24, 2012
  • Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Welcomes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    MTV News - Apr 15, 2012
  • Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers Make Rock Hall Of Fame
    MTV News - Dec 07, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Irons.


1962 Birth Born on July 18, 1962.


1976 13 Years Old Irons was a founding member of, and the original drummer for, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. As teenagers, Irons, Johannes, Slovak, and schoolmate Todd Strassman formed the band Chain Reaction in 1976. … Read More


1983 - 1986 2 More Events
1988 25 Years Old When childhood friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, Irons left the Red Hot Chili Peppers. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old 1 More Event
After Irons left Red Hot Chili Peppers, he went to a psychiatric hospital to receive treatment. After a brief stint with Joe Strummer's backing band the Latino Rockabilly War, Irons teamed up with Johannes and Shneider in 1990 to form Eleven. … Read More
1991 28 Years Old Irons also called the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1991 and asked the band to allow Vedder's new group to open for the band on its forthcoming Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour.


1994 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Irons became the drummer for Pearl Jam in late 1994 following the firing of drummer Dave Abbruzzese. … Read More
1995 32 Years Old Irons performed with other members of Pearl Jam on Neil Young's 1995 album, Mirror Ball, and subsequently toured Europe as part of Young's backing band.
1996 33 Years Old With Irons, the band recorded its fourth studio album, No Code, released in 1996, for which Irons also toured. The band subsequently released Yield in 1998. "Do the Evolution" (from Yield) received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. … Read More
1998 35 Years Old 1 More Event
He played with Pearl Jam through March 20, 1998.
2000 37 Years Old …  In 2000, Irons played as part of the initial line-up of Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. … Read More


2009 46 Years Old Irons recorded for Spinnerette, which features Eleven bandmate Alain Johannes, contributing to the band's 2009 album, Spinnerette. … Read More
2012 49 Years Old In 2012 he appeared on former Chili Pepper bandmate, Flea's debut solo EP Helen Burns. … Read More


2015 52 Years Old Irons is married and has two children. His son, Zach Irons, is founder and lead guitarist for Irontom. In September 2015, Zach Irons became lead guitarist for AWOLNATION.
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