Jack Steven Irons (born July 18, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American drummer. He is best known as a former member of the American rock bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eleven, and Pearl Jam. He has also worked with Redd Kross, Raging Slab, Joe Strummer and The Latino Rockabilly War, and The Les Claypool Frog Brigade.
Soon thereafter, Flea formed a "one-off" band with Kiedis, Slovak and Irons in 1983. The band, which was dubbed "Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem" for it 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, 3 Out of 5 Live) and one full length album (What Is This?). 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. 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.
Irons can be heard playing drums on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987), as well as on the band's cover of "Fire" (originally penned by Jimi Hendrix and first released on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Abbey Road E.P.). When childhood friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, Irons left the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Irons stated that he did not want to be part of a group where his friends were dying. Slovak's death was such a huge shock to Irons that he has been clinically depressed ever since.
Irons became the official drummer for the band in late 1994 following the departure of drummer Dave Abbruzzese. His first recording with the band was "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" for Vitalogy. He drummed on the Pearl Jam/Neil Young collaboration Mirror Ball (1995) and on the subsequent Pearl Jam records No Code (1996) and Yield (1998). 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 "●" (from Yield) and "Whale Song" (which was included on the band's collection of rarities and B-sides entitled Lost Dogs). In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring. Coincidentally, Matt Cameron, from the now-disbanded Soundgarden, replaced him again as he did four years prior on Eleven's record.
Aside from popular music, Irons has worked as a drumming advisor and teacher for numerous U.S. television projects. In 2004, Irons released a solo album called Attention Dimension. 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".
Irons is featured on the track "Milky Ave" on the album Ultra Payloaded by Perry Farrell's band Satellite Party. Joining him on the album is former bandmate Flea. Irons is currently recording for Spinnerette, which features Eleven bandmate Alain Johannes.
|1985||What Is This?||MCA|
|3 Out of 5 Live||MCA|
|1987||The Uplift Mofo Party Plan||EMI/Capitol||All|
|1988||The Abbey Road E.P.||EMI/Capitol||"Fire" and "Backwoods"|
|1992||What Hits!?||EMI||"Fight Like a Brave", "Behind the Sun", "Me and My Friends", "Backwoods", and "Fire"|
|1994||Out in L.A.||EMI||"Behind the Sun" (Ben Grosse remix), "Get Up and Jump" (demo version), "Out in L.A." (demo version), "Green Heaven" (demo version), "Police Helicopter" (demo version), "Nevermind" (demo version), "Sex Rap" (demo version), "You Always Sing the Same", "Stranded", "Flea Fly", and "What It Is"|
|1997||The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers||EMI/Capitol||"Behind the Sun", "Me and My Friends", "Fire", and "Fight Like a Brave"|
|1998||Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers||EMI/Capitol||"Fire" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues"|
|1991||Awake In A Dream||Morgan Creek||All|
|1995||Thunk||Hollywood||All except "Why", "Seasick of You", "Big Sleep", and "No Ground"|
|2005||Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen||Hollywood||"Stone Cold Crazy" (with Josh Homme)|
|1994||Vitalogy||Epic||"Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me"|
|1996||Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense||Epic||"Leaving Here"|
|M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean||Interscope||"Gremmie Out of Control"|
|Hype!: The Motion Picture Soundtrack||Sub Pop||"Not for You" (live from Self-Pollution Radio)|
|1997||The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1||Reprise||"Nothingman" (live)|
|Chicago Cab: Soundtrack||Loosegroove||"Who You Are"|
|1999||M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean||Hollywood||"Whale Song"|
|2003||Lost Dogs||Epic||"All Night", "Don't Gimme No Lip", "Black, Red, Yellow", "Leaving Here", "Gremmie Out of Control", "Whale Song", and "Dead Man"|
|2004||rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991–2003||Epic||"I Got Id", "Hail, Hail", "Do the Evolution", "Who You Are", "Off He Goes", "Given to Fly", and "Wishlist"|
|2004||Attention Dimension||Breaching Whale|
|1987||Walk the Moon||Walk the Moon||MCA||Some|
|1988||Joe Strummer||Permanent Record: Original Soundtrack||Epic/CBS||"Trash City", "Baby the Trans", "Nefertiti Rock", "Nothin' 'bout Nothin'", and "Theme from Permanent Record"|
|1989||Keith Levene||Keith Levene's Violent Opposition||Rykodisc||Some|
|Joe Strummer||Earthquake Weather||Epic||"Gangsterville", "Slant Six", "Shouting Street", "Sikorsky Parts", "Jewellers and Bums", and "Ride Your Donkey"|
|1990||The Buck Pets||Mercurotones||Island||All|
|1991||Michelle Shocked||Arkansas Traveler||Mercury||Some|
|1993||Sun-60||Only||Epic||"Mary X-Mess" and "Tell Me Like You Know"|
|The Buck Pets||To The Quick||Restless||All|
|1994||Ethan Hawke||Reality Bites: Original Soundtrack||RCA||"I'm Nuthin'"|
|1995||Neil Young||Mirror Ball||Reprise||All|
|2007||Satellite Party||Ultra Payloaded||Columbia||"Milky Ave"|