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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Says He Was ‘Dishonored’ By Lack of Hall of Fame Inclusion

May 4, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman says he was disrespected by the Red Hot Chili Peppers by being denied a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside them this year. Sherman, who played on the band’s self-titled 1984 debut and co=wrote some songs on their second album Freaky Styley, told Billboard.com that he appealed to the band for inclusion in December but was rejected. Three of the band’s eight guitarists—founding member Hillel Slovak, John Frusciante and current player Josh Klinghoffer—were inducted with the band, which was a decision made by the Hall of Fame their advisers.

Only original and current members, and those who played on multiple records qualified, Sherman claims he was told. It appeared to be a

Sherman says that the move 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.”

The Peppers’ lawyer Eric Greenspan said that “It’s not a decision made by the band, it’s a decision made by the Hall of Fame. They determine which of the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, through their career, will get inducted.”

Anthony Keidis recently spoke about that the decision to not include Dave Navarro, who played with the band on One Hot Minute. “He’s in this other band, which may in fact be inducted itself one day, called Jane’s Addiction,” he said. “I think that’s the band closest to his heart, and that most represents his contribution to the world in terms of music. So maybe it makes more sense for him to be inducted one day as a member of Jane’s Addiction.”

Sherman continued, saying, “It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on and be excluded. 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.”

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