Another devastating loss to the world of music!

Darren Henley Peligro was born on July 9, 1959 and died on October 28, 2022), better known by his stage name D. H. Peligro, he was an American punk rock musician, most commonly known as the drummer for The Dead Kennedys along with a brief stint as the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Drummer D.H. Peligro tragically died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday.

Police reported that he died from a trauma to the head caused by a fall. Peligro joined The Dead Kennedys in February 1981 and appeared on the EP In God We Trust, released in December 1981. He would also record on the studio albums Plastic Surgery Disaster, Frankenchrist, and Bedtime for Democracy. He also appeared on the singles/rarities collection, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.

Guitarist East Bay Ray, who performed with Peligro, posted on Facebook following the death. “I am heartbroken. D.H. Peligro passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, Oct 28th. He died from trauma to his head from a slip and fall. Arrangements are pending will be announced in the coming days. We were musical brothers. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”

The Dead Kennedys broke up in December 1986, and Peligro moved on to a short gig with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing Jack Irons in 1988. He helped write some songs on the band’s album Mother’s Milk, but did not perform on the album. The Dead Kennedys reunited in the 2000’s, and Peligro stayed with the band through several changes in front men.

The Dead Kennedy’s interviewed in England in 1983:

He took a hiatus in 2008, but rejoined in 2009. Peligro played with several other bands on the punk scene and had his own solo career as a front man, releasing three albums. Of those, the most notable was Sum of Our Surroundings, which was voted Rock Album of the Year by the American Independent Music Awards.

One of D. H. Peligro’s last performances and a message to all fascist arseholes

The great drummer doing his thing on California Eber Alles

D.H Peligro you will be missed and remembered.

A few years back I finally got to see one of my favourite bands at last. Having split in 1986 I was initially deprived of that opportunity. However, in Bournemouth I saw Peligro in all his majesty along with the rest of the band.

I am so grateful that I did.

Jason Cridland

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