Dead Kennedys drummer DH Peligro has died at the age of 63. The band announced that he passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022 at his home in Los Angeles. According to the police, he suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall. “We thank you for respecting the privacy of the family at this difficult time,” the band said. “Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”
Peligro, real name Darren Henley, joined the Dead Kennedys in 1981. He came in to replace original drummer Bruce Schlesinger aka Ted, who left the band to become an architect. Except for the debut Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980), Peligro can be heard on all Dead Kennedys albums beginning with Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982). Before that he played on the EP “In God We Trust, Inc.” (1981).
DH Peligro with the Red Hot Chili Peppers
After the Dead Kennedys disbanded in 1986, Peligro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a drummer. He replaced Jack Irons but was himself fired a year later due to his drug and alcohol addiction. On the next album “Mother’s Milk” (1989) Chad Smith played in his place. However, Peligro contributed to the songwriting for the tracks “Taste of Pain”, “Stone Cold Bush” and “Sexy Mexican Maid”.
In 2008, Peligro joined his former bandmates in the Dead Kennedys reunion, albeit without singer Jello Biafra. The other members had fallen out with Biafra over the rights to the songs and the low fees. He was replaced by The Wynona Riders singer Ron “Skip” Greer. The newly formed band toured regularly but did not release any new music.