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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

A one-of-a-kind phenomenon in rock and roll, the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s carved a unique lane in ‘80s music with their energetic fusion of funk and hard rock; but after cop-ing with a string of challenges and outright tragedies, the group transcended their niche with a series of sound-broadening LPs to become one of the world’s biggest bands. Formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983, by vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary and drummer Jack Irons, the Chili Peppers se-cured a recording contract with EMI Records in surprisingly short order; then they proceeded to build a small, but dedicated following with their self-titled debut album (1984) and George Clinton-produced sophomore effort, ‘Freaky Styley’ (1985). Not until their third album, ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan’ (1987), though, did they even scrape the bottom of the Billboard charts, heading off on a successful tour before almost losing it all when Slovak perished due to an accidental heroin overdose on June 25, 1988. Luckily for Flea and Kiedis, they eventually found a dazzlingly talented young guitarist named John Frusciante to take their friend’s place and, after replacing the departed Irons with new drummer Chad Smith, achieved a career-salvaging breakthrough with 1989’s ‘Mother’s Milk.’ The Chili Peppers topped this by fulfilling every ounce of their long-hinted-at potential — and then some — with ’91’s multi-platinum, Rick Rubin-produced ‘Blood Sugar Sex Majik,’ which yielded a wealth of mainstream singles, including ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under the Bridge,’ and elevated the group to globe-trotting arena headliners. Sadly, Frusciante too soon succumbed to substance abuse, and, amid other disillusionments about rock stardom, he quit the Chili Peppers in May of 1992, forcing them to hastily recruit guitarist Arik Marshall for that summer’s already booked run with Lollapalooza. The band would spend the remainder of the decade in a state of constant upheaval and transition: working briefly with guitarist Jesse Tobias before writing, record-ing and touring behind 1995’s disappointing ‘One Hot Minute’ with former Jane’s Addiction guitar slinger Dave Navarro, who would himself depart from the group by 1998. Fortunately, once again, Frusciante was by this time emerging from his own battle with heroin and agreed to rejoin the Chili Peppers for what amounted to a triumphant career comeback via 1999’s ‘Californification.’ The uncharacteristically subdued, but still warmly received, ‘By the Way’ followed in 2001, and the once-again hit-packed, Grammy Award-winning ‘Stadium Arcadium’ (2006) also kept the Red Hot Chili Peppers flying high. So much so that not even the second, significantly less traumatic departure of Frusciante in 2009 (blamed on amicable musical differences) has thus far soured the Chili Peppers’ remarkable career revival, which continued with the installment of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer prior to 2011’s ‘I’m with You’ album.

 
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: Retirement Discussion Is ‘Just Silly Talk’

Though Chad Smith recently spoke about eventually retiring in an interview, Flea says discussion of Red Hot Chili Peppers retiring soon is just 'silly talk.'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Contemplates Touring Future + Eventual Retirement

After a 34-year tenure, Smith speaks about his reservations on touring full time in the future.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

15 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘By the Way’

On July 9, 2002, Red Hot Chili Peppers kept the momentum going with the 'Californication' follow-up, 'By the Way.'

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

18 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘Californication’

On June 8, 1999, Red Hot Chili Peppers revived their career and John Frusciante got a more positive second act with the 'Californication' album.

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Kevin Winter/Mike Coppola, Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Anthony Kiedis on Chris Cornell’s Suicide: ‘I Don’t Judge Him for That, Because I Don’t Know That Kind of Pain’

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has spoken out on the death of Chris Cornell and says he 'doesn't judge' him for taking his own life.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer Plays Solo Performance of Chris Cornell’s ‘Seasons’ in Indianapolis

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer take the stage solo for a moving performance of Chris Cornell's 'Seasons' as a tribute to the singer.

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FBE
FBE

Today’s Kids Both Love and Hate Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fine Brothers Entertainment popped some headphones on a bunch of kids and took them on an express ride through RHCP’s 34-year career.

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Warner Bros. / Photo by Steve Keros
Warner Bros. / Photo by Steve Keros

Red Hot Chili Peppers Take a Rebellious Adventure With ‘Goodbye Angels’ Video

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a video for 'Goodbye Angels,' the latest single from their album 'The Getaway,' which came out in June of 2016.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Headline 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, set to take place over two weekends this Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Red Hot Chili Peppers + More Join Milwaukee Summerfest 2017 Lineup

Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline, while A Day to Remember, Highly Suspect, Shinedown and more have joined the lineup for Milwaukee's Summerfest.

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