DH Peligro, longtime Dead Kennedys drummer, dead at 63 – Rolling Stone
DH Peligro, long-standing the Dead Kennedys drummer who also briefly played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died aged 63.
Dead Kennedys announced the death of Peligro (real name Darren Henley) on social media on Saturday, adding that he died at his home in Los Angeles.
“He died of head trauma following an accidental fall,” the band said in a statement. “The current arrangements will be announced in the coming days. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.
Peligro joined Dead Kennedys in 1981 after founding drummer Ted left. Although Peligro did not appear on the band’s hardcore punk classic Fresh fruits for rotten vegetablesPeligro brought his rapid fire beat to the rest of the band’s output, starting with 1981’s In God We Trust, Inc. EP – with the classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” – and the albums plastic surgery disaster, frankenchrist and bedtime for democracy before the split of the group to front Jello Biafra in 1986.
Two years after the Dead Kennedys first broke up, Peligro was recruited to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers following the exit of founding drummer Jack Irons (and guitarist Hillel Slovak’s death). However, after two months, Peligro was fired from the band for his drug problems; Peligro was replaced by Chad Smith, who remains with the Rock Hall inductee band. However, three songs co-written by Peligro – “Knock Me Down”, “Sexy Mexican Maid” and “Taste the Pain” – were on the Chili Peppers’ 1989 album. Breastmilk.
“My dear friend, my brother, I miss you so much. I am devastated today, a river of tears, but all my life I will cherish every second. The first time I saw you play with the DKs in 81, you blew my mind. The power, the soul, the recklessness,” Flea wrote in tribute to Peligro on Saturday.
“You have become my beloved friend, so many times of all kinds. We have had so much fun, so much joy, supporting each other. I love you with all my heart. You are the truest rocker and a Crucial part of rhcp history. DHP in the place to be, you live forever in our hearts, wild man, bringer of joy, man with a giant heart. I will always honor you. Rest in peace and set free get rid of everything that has held you back.
Peligro was back behind the kit when Dead Kennedys reformed in 2001 without Biafra, and continued to perform with founding guitarist East Bay Ray and founding bassist Klaus Flouride until his death. “I’m Sad”, East Bay Ray tweeted Saturday.