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Published: 2017/07/04

Red Hot Chili Peppers Reunite with Original Drummer in Memory of Late Guitarist

Stuart Levine

Last week during their stop at Grand Rapids, MI’s Van Andel Arena, iconic rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers offered a tribute to a lost friend and bandmate while welcoming another former bandmate to the stage, as founding RHCP drummer Jack Irons emerged to honor late guitarist Hillel Slovak, NME reports.

Irons, who also had a stint behind the kit for Pearl Jam, founded RHCP in 1983 with Slovak and current members Anthony Kiedis and Flea. The drummer came out to honor Slovak on the 29th anniversary of his death from a heroin overdose, a tragedy which caused Irons to leave the band.

Along with current drummer Chad Smith, the collective tore through a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” which appears on RHCP’s 1989 album Mother’s Milk. Watch a video of that performance below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will kick off a run of European festival dates starting July 13 in Portugal.

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