D.H. Peligro, long-time drummer for the legendary punk rock band Useless Kennedys, has died after a fall at his residence, the band introduced in an announcement on Instagram.
He was 63.
D.H. (Darren Henley) Peligro “handed away in his Los Angles residence” Oct. 28, in response to the assertion. “Police on the scene said that he died from trauma to the pinnacle attributable to an unintended fall.”
Funeral preparations might be introduced within the coming days, the assertion added. “We ask that you just respect the household’s privateness throughout this troublesome time. Thanks on your ideas and phrases of consolation.”
Sources instructed TMZ that paramedics arrived at Peligro’s San Fernando residence shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, He was present in a rest room and reportedly declared useless on the scene. An post-mortem is pending, TMZ reported.
Peligro joined the wildly anti-establishment band — launched in San Francisco in 1978 — in 1981, changing authentic drummer Bruce Slesinger. He performed on a few of Kennedys’ most iconic albums, together with In God We Belief, Inc. (with the hit “Nazi Punks Fuck Off), Plastic Surgical procedure Disasters, Frankenchrist, and Bedtime for Democracy.
“I simply pushed as onerous as I may push,” Peligro stated in an interview of his hard- charging type. “I’d get a little bit guff from [guitarist East Bay] Ray as a result of he wished me to decelerate a bit, however I simply stored going and I stored that tempo up. Everyone acquired used to it.”
Peligro was one of many first well-known Black musicians on the punk scene, and sometimes spoke of the racism he encountered.
“Music would take me to locations I wouldn’t usually go, and it’s effective whilst you had been onstage, however once you acquired off, they’d get drunk and name you every kind of names,” he as soon as instructed LA Weekly.
The band broke up in 1986.
In 2001, Ray, Peligro, and bassist Kurt Flouride reformed the band with Brandon Cruz changing former frontman Jello Biafra. The drummer later created his personal band, Peligro.
In a becoming tribute to the Useless Kennedys Biafra in 2017 up to date one of many band’s most well-known songs in honor of then-President Donald Trump.
Performing with Useless Cross in Berkeley, California, Biafra morphed the 1981 Useless Kennedys anthem “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” into “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off.”
“Make America good once more,” Biafra pleaded on the finish. “Please!”