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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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25 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleash ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’

On Sept. 24, 1991, Red Hot Chili Peppers issued their first huge selling album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.'

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Chad Smith
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Chad Smith Talks 25th Anniversary of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ + Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Chad Smith reflects on the 25th anniversary of Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' and Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' which both arrived the same day.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce 2017 North American Tour

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing shows in North America during the first three months of 2017.

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Jeff Gross, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers Suit Up for Los Angeles Rams Pre-Game Concert

Red Hot Chili Peppers came decked out in Rams uniforms to play a pre-show concert ahead of the Los Angeles Rams home opener.

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Perform Before Los Angeles Rams Home Opener

L.A.'s finest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, will perform just prior to the home opener of the Los Angeles Rams season.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 1995
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21 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘One Hot Minute’

On Sept. 12, 1995, Red Hot Chili Peppers moved on from John Frusciante with the release of their 'One Hot Minute' album.

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Facebook: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers Get ‘Saturday Night Fever’ With ‘Go Robot’ Video

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers' new 'Saturday Night Fever'-inspired video for 'Go Robot.'

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Warner Bros.

The Pretty Reckless vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Cage Match

Vote for either The Pretty Reckless' 'Take Me Down' or Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Dark Necessities' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Jeffrey A. Camarati / Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images

Axl Rose, Red Hot Chili Peppers Among Music-Themed ‘Garbage Pail Kids’ Cards

Axl Rose, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more have been parodied for Topps new Garbage Pail Kids card series.

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Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images / Geoffrey Ketler, Aces High Photography

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce U.K. Tour With Babymetal

The massive bill will invade arenas in England and Scotland this December.

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