Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Breaching Whale
Jack's musical beginnings happened at Bancroft Jr. High and Fairfax High. At those schools he became friends and musical partners with the late Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Hillel Slovak, Eleven singer/guitarist Alain Johannes, bassist Flea and vocalist Anthony Kiedis. 'What Is This' was the first band to emerge in the early 1980's. 'What Is This' played for many years in the LA area which led to the MCA record releases of "Squeezed" and "What Is This". 1983 was the birth year of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They too played extensively in the LA area (with Jack on drums) and were signed to EMI Records in 1983. Jack continued to play with 'What Is This' until 1986, when he rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers and played with them until the summer of 1988. Those years included the release of "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan". In 1990 Jack reunited with Alain Johannes and new musical partner Natasha Shneider to form the band 'Eleven'. Eleven released 3 records in the 1990's with Jack: "Awake In a Dream", "Eleven" and "Thunk". He rejoined Eleven in 2003 for the release of "Howling Book". Also in 1990 Jack recorded and toured for Joe Strummer's album "Earthquake Weather". As a result of that tour he met vocalist Eddie Vedder. Introducing Eddie to the music of Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready led to the beginnings of Pearl Jam. In the fall of 1994 Jack joined Pearl Jam and played with them through the spring of 1998. His work with Pearl Jam included the releases of "Merkinball", "No Code", "Yield" and the Pearl Jam-Neil Young collaboration "Mirrorball". In 2004 Jack released his first solo record "Attention Dimension". In the years since he has performed on records for 'Spinnerette', 'Die Mannequin' and 'Hole'. His 2nd solo release entitled, "No Heads Are Better Than One" will be available August 24, 2010. Distributed by The Orchard and available at iTunes, Amazon, Napster, etc. Physical distribution will be available through the Pearl Jam Ten Club.
"One listen to Jack Irons' new solo album and you know you're hearing something very special. His songs flow with high levels of creative spirit and individuality.
Throughout his long, illustrious career, whether he's interpreting African rhythms, funk, soul, or rock and roll, Jack does it with his own unique voice, making him one of the music world's most valuable players.
he also happens to be a great guy."
Music producer and member of The Wallflowers.
Greg Richling (Jul, 2010)
"Jack Irons' No Heads Are Better than One is one of the most interesting and diverse records of 2010. With tight and flawless drumming, soothing synths, and a vast array of instrumental fills, the album takes it’s listener on an earthy spiritual journey through the ears."
~ Troy Michael
Innocent Words Magazine