And he insists the decision not to invite him and Jane’s Addiction axeman Dave Navarro was taken by the band rather than event organisers.
Sherman appeared on the Chilis’ first album and contributed material to their second. Navarro later spent five years in the band and recorded One Hot Minute with them.
But it seems that wasn’t enough to have them inducted into the Hall of Fame – only late founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, veteran John Frusciante and current six-stringer Josh Klinghoffer were included. Sherman says organisers told him induction was only open to current members or those who had played on more than one album.
But he tells Billboard: “It’s 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. “It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on, and be excluded.”
He admits his time in the lineup from 1983 to 1985 was difficult for all concerned, but says he “soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work – that’s what you do in a job: “That’s being dishonoured. I’m being dishonoured. And it sucks.” The Chilis’ lawyer, Eric Greenspan, says: “It’s not a decision made by the band. It’s made by the Hall of Fame. They determine which of the members, through their career, get inducted.”
Frontman Anthony Kiedis wrote in his 2004 autobiography: “Our relationship with Jack wasn’t meant to be. He did keep the band afloat for a year, and if he hadn’t, the years to follow probably wouldn’t have.”