Last October, Dead Kennedys‘ drummer D.H. Peligro sadly passed away; he was 63 years old at the time of his death.
Peligro was an incredible drummer who inspired many through his work, which is why it deeply upset the band to find out that he was not recognized at this year’s Grammys event.
As reported by Loudwire, Dead Kennedys took to Twitter to voice how upset they are with the Grammys for not including their late drummer during the event’s “In Memoriam” segment.
This segment is meant to honor musicians who have passed away, but among all the names mentioned, Peligro’s was not one.
Over on Twitter, the band wrote the following tweet, tagging the Grammys and several music publications:
“Hey @RecordingAcad you forgot someone who influenced more musicians than half the people you listed. Get with the times please. Our very own @xxxdhpeligrOxx @RollingStone @billboard @billboardcharts @BBMAs @Pollstar @rockhall”
For all that D.H. Peligro has done for the Dead Kennedys, and for all the drummers he has inspired, he deserves to be recognized for his work.
Peligro was born on July 9th, 1959. He initially joined Dead Kennedys in 1981 and played with them until 1986; that said, he returned to the band in 2001 and played with them until 2008. However, upon returning to the band in 2009, he stayed active with the Dead Kennedys for 13 years.
Besides his work with the Dead Kennedys, Peligro worked with several other bands, including Nailbomb, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Hellations, Lock-Up, Jungle Studs, and Peligro (the latter being his own band).
Below you will find a link to a feature that covers several of the rock and metal musicians who sadly passed away in 2022.
Hey @RecordingAcad you forgot someone who influenced more musicians than half the people you listed. Get with the times please. Our very own @xxxdhpeligrOxx @RollingStone @billboard @billboardcharts @BBMAs @Pollstar @rockhall pic.twitter.com/MKM4IH51X8
— Dead Kennedys (@DeadKennedys) February 6, 2023