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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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Rare Red Hot Chili Peppers Song ‘Circle of the Noose’ Leaked Online

Get a listen to 'Circle of the Noose,' a track recorded by Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1997 when Dave Navarro was still in the band.

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Christopher Polk / Tom Pennington, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Blasts Donald Trump: ‘He’s Just Some Egotistical, Silly Person’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election along with Donald Trump's inclusion.

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Tim P. Whitby / Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Perform at Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline an all-ages show in Los Angeles to help raise funds for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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Tim P. Whitby / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Gets David Bowie Tattoo to Salute Late Rocker

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist gets some fresh ink in honor of his musical hero, the late David Bowie.

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Tim P. Whitby / Ethan Miller / Duane Prokop, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed + Rob Zombie Lead 2016 Rock on the Range Festival

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Rob Zombie will head up the 10th anniversary of the 2016 Rock on the Range festival.

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Ethan Miller / Steve Jennings, Getty Images

Screaming At Demons Land Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith for Guest Drum Spot

The Chili Peppers drummer is expected to have his beats featured on Screaming At Demons' next single.

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Anthony Kiedis Says New Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs Are ‘As Good as Any Songs We’ve Ever Written’

Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis is riding high, boasting that the band's new songs hold up just as well to the classics.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Anthony Kiedis to Host Silverlake Conservatory of Music Gala

Red Hot Chili Peppers members' Anthony Kiedis and Flea are hosting a benefit for their Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
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24 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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Serj Tankian, Red Hot Chili Peppers Endorse Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders

Serj Tankian and all the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have signed an online letter offering their endorsement to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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