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Jack Steven Irons (born July 18, 1962) is an American musician, best known as the founding drummer of American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and the drummer of What Is This.

He was also the founding drummer of Eleven.

He was also in Pearl Jam, Spinnerette, and The Wallflowers.

He has worked with Joe Strummer and The Latino Rockabilly War, Redd Kross, Raging Slab, Spinnerette and The Les Claypool Frog Brigade.


Before he was in Red Hot Chili Peppers, he was in What Is This with his then future Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Hillel Slovak and Flea.

He then co-founded Red Hot Chili Peppers with Anthony Keidis, Hillel Slovak, and Flea.

He played on Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1983 Demo, but left before the recording of their first album, and was replaced by former Weirdos drummer Cliff Martinez.

Irons rejoined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1986.

During his second period in Red Hot Chili Peppers, he guested on several songs on Walk the Moon's self-titled album. (This wasn't the Walk the Moon that did the song "Shut Up and Dance".)

Irons left Red Hot Chili Peppers a second time in 1988, since he couldn't cope with guitarist Hillel Slovak's death earlier that year, and was replaced by former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro.

In 1990, he co-founded the band Eleven.

In 1994, he joined Pearl Jam.

In 1998, he quit Pearl Jam.

In 2004, Irons released his first solo album, Attention Dimension, and in 2010 released his second, No Heads Are Better Than One, and in 2011 released the solo EP Blue Manatee.

In 2007, he co-founded Spinnerette.

In 2012, he joined The Wallflowers.

Irons was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012. Irons, along with former drummer Cliff Martinez, joined the band onstage for the first time in 24 years for a performance of their 1991 hit, "Give It Away".


With What Is This[]

  • Squeezed (1984)
  • What Is This (1985)
  • Three Out Of Five Live (1985)

With Red Hot Chili Peppers[]

With Eleven[]

  • Awake in a Dream (1990)
  • Eleven (1993)
  • Thunk (1995)
  • Howling Book (2003)

With Pearl Jam[]


  • Attention Dimension (2004)
  • No Heads Are Better Than One (2010)
  • Blue Manatee (2011)

With Spinnerette[]

  • Ghetto Love (2008)
  • Spinnerette (2009)

With The Wallflowers[]

  • Glad All Over (2012)

Guest Appearances[]

  • Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon (1987)


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