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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.

 
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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Not Fazed by Relapse Rumors After Hospitalization

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis told Australia's Sunday Night that he was unfazed by relapse rumors after his recent hospitalization.

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Warner Bros. / Photo by Steve Keros

Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleash ‘The Getaway’ Title Track

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the second new song from 'The Getaway' album, the disc's title track.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Return to Stage at 2016 Rock on the Range After Anthony Kiedis Ailment

After Anthony Kiedis' recent intestinal ailment, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the stage at the 2016 Rock on the Range festival.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Speaks Out About Hospitalization

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has spoken about his health and recent hospitalization in a new interview.

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Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
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Anthony Kiedis Feeling Better, Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Return to Stage at Rock on the Range

After giving the rock world a scare after being hospitalized, Anthony Kiedis will return to the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers soon.

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Jonathan Leibson / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers Cancel ‘Weenie Roast’ Appearance After Anthony Kiedis Hospitalization, Blink-182 Make Surprise Appearance [Update]

Red Hot Chili Peppers had to bow out of their KROQ 'Weenie Roast' performance after Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized, but Blink-182 played a surprise set.

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Reveals Relationship ‘Disaster’ Inspired New Album

RHCP vocalist Anthony Kiedis revealed roughly half of 'The Getaway' lyrics were inspired by a 'disaster' of a relationship with a young model.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil New Single ‘Dark Necessities,’ Announce New Album ‘The Getaway’

Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with the new song 'Dark Necessities' from their upcoming album, 'The Getaway.'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers + Will Ferrell Welcome Drum Legends At Los Angeles Comedy + Music Bash

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Will Ferrell welcomed a mix of standup comics, Devo and some drumming legends for their charitable Los Angeles performance.

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Pearl Jam Welcome Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon Members for Concert Supergroup

Watch as Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill join Pearl Jam onstage in New Orleans.

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