Jack Irons
Musician, Songwriter
Jack Irons
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.
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Kristi York Wooten: The Wallflowers' 'Glad All Over': 'It Was About the Band Trusting One Another'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Jakob Dylan has a sense of humor. "I want to tell you, you've had it coming," he sings atop the funky bass line in "Reboot the Mission," the Clash-y first single from The Wallflowers' new album, Glad All Over, out October 9. And maybe he's right. Who's to say a rootsy, straight-up rock band can't end a seven-year hiatus and go disco for a minute? "Oh God, is Dylan fronting Maroon 5 or something? Ick," one YouTube commenter jabbed when the groovy "Reboot" video began making the rounds back in July. The rest of us? We put on our boogie shoes and sang the irresistible chorus along with Dylan and Clash co-founder Mick Jones: "Eyes on the prize/reboot the mission/I lost my sight/but not the vision." "You can lose the plot a little bit," Dylan tells me of the ups and downs in The Wallflowers' 23-year history, which includes six albums, a pair of Grammy awards, a Greatest Hits CD, multiple lineup changes and a solo detour. "There were people in and around the group ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Music previews for the week of May 24-30. THURSDAY 5/24 TYCHO, ACTIVE CHILD, LORD HURON (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week! STARFUCKER, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, WAMPIRE (Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Starfucker (or STRFKR, and other variations) have become a household name in Portland and beyond. Anytime they play, it's a guaranteed party. Whether you've seen them 10 times or never before, you're bound to have a good time. Yet that doesn't discount how hardworking and remarkably talented they are as a band. They've found their niche creating this kind of ultra-current and unique pop music that happens to have mass appeal. We should all take pride in the fact that we can claim them on our roster of great music to come from Portland. They've been recording a new album out in Astoria, but they're back in town to play Branx, sharing a bill with buzz-scene accomplices Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire. Sasquatch pre-func ...
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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Welcomes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers
MTV News - almost 5 years
Beastie Boys were also inducted on a night when Guns singer Axl Rose refused to attend. By Gil Kaufman <P>If it's the <a href="/news/articles/1675500/beastie-boys-rock-hall-of-fame.jhtml">Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</a> induction ceremony, then drama is as much a prerequisite as loud guitars, receding hairlines and a night-ending all-star jam on a golden oldie.</P><P>Saturday night's 27th edition was no exception according to reports, with as much intrigue as a telenovela, as well as some genuinely peaceful Southern California bro-downage, irreverent induction speeches and fresh spots in the Hall for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, The Faces, Freddie King, Laura Nyro and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/guns_n_roses/artist.jhtml">Guns N' Roses</a>.</P><P>The spotlight, of course, was on the fa ...
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Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers Make Rock Hall Of Fame
MTV News - about 5 years
Guns N' Roses, Donovan and the Faces will also be inducted in April. By Gil Kaufman <P>More than a quarter century after they brought hard rock back to the top of the heap, the original lineup of legendary Los Angeles band <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/guns_n_roses/artist.jhtml" target="_blank">Guns N' Roses</a> will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Guns were among the acts named on Wednesday as the Class of 2012, which includes fellow L.A. rockers the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/red_hot_chili_peppers/artist.jhtml" target="_blank">Red Hot Chili Peppers</a>, iconic New York rap trio the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/beastie_boys_featuring_santigold/artist.jhtml" target="_blank">Beastie Boys</a>, 1960s pop singer Laura Nyro, the Small Faces (and their later Rod St ...
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Punkowe dusze w funkowym ciele - Onet.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Na słynnym zdjęciu: Anthony Kiedis, Michael "Flea" Balzary, Hillel Slovak i Jack Irons. Pierwszy skład zespołu, któremu udało się nagrać jedną wspólną płytę, "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan". Wszystko przez kolidujący kontrakt grupy What Is This,
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99 procent waar - De Standaard
Google News - over 5 years
Flea en drummer Jack Irons deelden in de vreugde, net als gitarist Hillel Slovak – tot die in 1988 aan een overdosis bezweek. 5. De dood van Slovak deed Kiedis vermoeden dat drugs ongezond zijn en hij stopte ermee. Toch zeker voor een maand
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Skupina Pearl Jam prežila ako jediná z grunge kapiel. Ich debut slávi 20 rokov ... - HNonline.sk
Google News - over 5 years
Okrem Veddera, Amentiho a Gossarda stáli pri zrode skupiny ešte bubeníci Jack Irons, ktorý spoluzakladal slávných Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Krusen a ďalší gitarista Mike McCready. Dnes sedí za bicími Matt Cameron, ktorý do skupiny prišiel v roku 1998
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Pearl Jam 20: Filmmaker Cameron Crowe's tribute to a great American rock band - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
That tape made its way down the west coast to Southern California and in the hands of former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons. Jack Irons had a friend in a San Diego-based band called Bad Radio named Eddie Vedder. Jack Irons gave the 5-song
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Miraculous Masters of Mayhem - Exclaim! (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Anthym is eventually rechristened What Is This?, and feature Balzary (who is now playing bass) and drummer Jack Irons. Kiedis frequently introduces the band on-stage by reading original poetry. Flea later quits What Is This? to join the iconic punk
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Josh Homme voor 2e keer vader geworden - Kink FM
Google News - over 5 years
Net als pa zit ook ma in de muziek, de van oorsprong Australische zangeres zit in de rockband, Spinnerette, met oa ex Queens Of The Stone Age gitarist Alain Johannes en Jack Irons, de oorspronkelijke drummer van The Red Hot Chili Peppers
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The 15 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
The Los Angeles group formed in 1983 and featured original members Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), Hillel Slovak (guitar), and Jack Irons (drums). Slovak tragically died of a heroin overdose in 1988, after which Irons also left the band
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Energy
Google News - over 5 years
Der Tod seines Freundes Hillel war für Jack Irons der Grund, die Band zu verlassen und auch Anthony Kiedis, der zu dem Zeitpunkt ebenfalls abhängig war, zog sich für eine kurze Zeit zurück. Ihren kommerziellen Durchbruch hatten die »Red Hot Chili
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A new beginning for the Chili Peppers - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The original Chili Peppers quartet of friends from Fairfax High was shattered by the 1988 heroin overdose of guitarist Hillel Slovak and the grief-stricken exit of drummer Jack Irons. Those next years saw a series of comings and goings, including one
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Pearl Jam se presenta en la Argentina el 13 de noviembre - Exitoina
Google News - over 5 years
Junto al baterista Dave Krusen, la banda grabó un demo que cayó en manos del entonces baterista de los Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jack Irons, quien se lo alcanzó a su amigo Eddie Vedder -que vivía en San Diego-, y que compuso letras y grabó voces y lo
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Ten Reasons To See Eddie Vedder Tonight (Besides Reliving Your Grunge Glory Days) - LA Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a ukulele and assortment of other surprises (for example, Ben Harper and Jack Irons performed with the icon at his last gig at the venue 2008), here are Ten Reasons To See Eddie Vedder Tonight (Besides Reliving Your
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Eleven - "Rosebleed" - Rolling Stone Argentina
Google News - over 5 years
Hoy invito a mi estimado colega Leo Ferri para hablar de esta banda californiana conformada por Jack Irons y Alain Johannes y su mujer. Los dejo con él y le agradezco por esto y por apoyo incondicional. Ser de culto es ser conocido, no lo suficiente
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Pearl Jam stays true to its Seattle roots - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
McCready, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament had already been playing together for a while when Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and friend Jack Irons recommended a San Diego singer named Eddie Vedder. They sent Vedder a tape of three
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En Noticias: La rosa sangrante de Eleven - portALTERNATIVO
Google News - over 5 years
Justo nos habíamos reencontrado con Jack (Irons, batería) y estábamos poniéndonos en la onda que nos llevó a 'Howling Book', uno de mis álbumes favoritos de Eleven.” El tema aparecerá en formato 10” en vinilo en una edición limitada y también en iTunes
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«Spark», Alain Johannes - Diário Digital
Google News - over 5 years
De companheiros dos futuros Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hillel Slovak e Jack Irons, a produtor do entediante «Euphoria Morning», de Chris Cornell, até músico contratado pelos Queens of The Stone Age e Them Crooked Vultures, este quasi cinquentão já fez um
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Irons
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    In 2012 he appeared on former Chili Pepper bandmate, Flea's debut solo EP Helen Burns.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from popular music, Irons has worked as a drumming advisor and teacher for numerous U.S. television projects. Irons currently endorses Masters of Maple Drums, Zildjian cymbals, and Pro-Mark drumsticks.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    Irons recorded for Spinnerette, which features Eleven bandmate Alain Johannes, contributing to the band's 2009 album, Spinnerette.
    More Details Hide Details Most recently, he played drums on Die Mannequin's album FINO + BLEED and he added studio drums to several tracks of Hole's latest release, Nobody's Daughter.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 37
    In 2000, Irons played as part of the initial line-up of Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.
    More Details Hide Details Irons is featured on the track "Milky Ave" on the album Ultra Payloaded (2007) by Perry Farrell's band Satellite Party. Joining him on the album is former bandmate Flea.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring.
    More Details Hide Details Pearl Jam's sound engineer Brett Eliason stated, "We went and did Hawaii and Australia with Jack. When we came back, Jack wasn't in a position to carry on. He made that decision more or less by himself. He can be a really great drummer but he had difficulty on tour putting out the energy for the length of shows they were doing. I don't know if he thought they'd put things on hold for him." Vedder said, "I think that him deciding that he wasn't going to be in the band really hurt." Coincidentally, Matt Cameron, from Soundgarden, replaced him again as he did four years prior on Eleven's Thunk. On September 7, 2004, Irons released a solo album called Attention Dimension. Irons started creating his first pieces of drum music in 1994, but it wasn't until fall 1999, about a year after he left Pearl Jam, that he seriously began recording himself for a possible solo album. The album features appearances by former bandmates such as Alain Johannes, Flea, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Les Claypool. Vedder contributed vocals to a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Johnny Loftus of Allmusic said, "Attention Dimension is the drummer's chance to be in the bright white klieg light."
    He played with Pearl Jam through March 20, 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a member of Pearl Jam, Irons brought a unique drumming style to the band, particularly in the way he played his fills and with his use of a trash can lid as a cymbal. Irons co-wrote the music for the No Code songs "Who You Are", "In My Tree", "Red Mosquito", and "I'm Open". He also wrote and sang on the Pearl Jam songs "Happy When I'm Crying" (from the 1997 fan club Christmas single), "●" (from Yield), and "Whale Song" (from the 1999 Music for Our Mother Ocean Vol. 3 compilation).
  • 1995
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 31
    Irons made his debut with the band at Neil Young's 1994 Bridge School Benefit, but he was not officially announced as the band's new drummer until its 1995 Self-Pollution satellite radio broadcast, a four-and-a-half-hour-long "pirate" broadcast out of Seattle, Washington which was available to any radio stations that wanted to carry it.
    More Details Hide Details Irons joined the group and played Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the Vitalogy album.
    Irons became the drummer for Pearl Jam in late 1994 following the firing of drummer Dave Abbruzzese.
    More Details Hide Details His first recording with the band was "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" for Vitalogy (1994). Gossard said, "Jack entered the band right at the end of making Vitalogy. Jack's a breath of fresh air, a family man. Everybody had a strong sense of friendship with him immediately. He was just there to play drums and help out."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    Bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard invited Irons to join Mookie Blaylock, the band that would become Pearl Jam, in 1990, when the band was first forming and still looking for a singer and a drummer.
    More Details Hide Details Although he did not join the band at that time because he was committed to his own band, Eleven, he did pass on a cassette of the band's work to a singer and local musician in San Diego named Eddie Vedder. Irons had formed a friendship with Vedder after meeting him through the Southern California music scene and would play basketball with him. Vedder subsequently joined the band.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details With Eleven, Irons recorded the albums Awake in a Dream (1991) and Eleven (1993). Midway through the recording of Eleven's third album, Thunk (1995), Irons departed to drum with Pearl Jam, and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden played drums on the album's remaining four tracks. Irons returned to the band once again in 2002 prior to the recording of the band's fifth album, Howling Book (2003). Shneider died on July 2, 2008, following a battle with cancer. Prior to Shneider's death, the band was working on a sixth album due for release in the fall of 2008.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    When childhood friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, Irons left the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    More Details Hide Details Irons stated that he did not want to be part of a group where his friends were dying. In 2006, Irons said Slovak's death had been such a huge shock that he had been suffering from depression ever since. On August 12, 2012, Irons and Cliff Martinez again joined the Chili Peppers onstage at their show in Los Angeles for a performance of "Give it Away". Irons will be the opening act for the Chili Peppers on select dates for their 2017 North American leg of The Getaway World Tour
  • 1986
    Age 23
    After hearing that drummer Cliff Martinez had resigned, Irons, who was out of work and finally separated from other commitments, returned to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Irons can be heard playing drums on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' first demo tape, as well as their third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987).
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Soon thereafter, Flea formed a "one-off" band with Kiedis, Slovak and Irons in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details The band, which was dubbed "Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem" for its first gig, was a hit with the club audience. The band's name changed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the band quickly gained popularity around Los Angeles. Over the course of the next six months, the Red Hot Chili Peppers played many shows in Los Angeles clubs and became something of an underground hit. The band scored a record deal with EMI after just that short period of time and was set to record its first album. Unfortunately, What Is This? had also signed a record deal two weeks earlier. Since Slovak and Irons considered the Red Hot Chili Peppers to merely be a side project and not a serious commitment, they left the band to concentrate on What Is This? With What Is This?, Irons recorded two EPs (Squeezed (1984), 3 Out of 5 Live (1985)) and one full-length album (What Is This? (1985)). The band broke up following the recording of the self-titled What Is This? album as Slovak became frustrated with the band and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the meantime, Irons played on several tracks on an album by the duo Walk the Moon, made up of Johannes and Natasha Shneider.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 13
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After its first gig, the band was soon renamed to Anthym. Slovak became dissatisfied with Strassman's bass playing and eventually taught Michael Balzary (Flea) to play bass. Flea quickly surpassed Strassman in bass skills and took over bass duties in Anthym. After graduating from high school, the band changed its name to What Is This? (which was a question often asked by people who heard the band play). Flea left the band around this time because he was offered a job playing bass in the prominent Los Angeles punk band Fear. What Is This? continued on and performed many shows along the California coast.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on July 18, 1962.
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