Red Hot Chili Peppers

Biography

Few rock groups of the '80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show to boot), the Chili Peppers spawned a slew of imitators in their wake, but still managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century. The roots of the band lay in a friendship forged by three school chums, Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary, and Hillel Slovak, while they attended Fairfax High School in California back in the late '70s/early '80s. While Balzary and Slovak showed great musical promise (on trumpet and guitar, respectively), Kiedis focused on poetry and acting during his high-school career. During this time, Slovak taught Balzary how to play bass, while the duo encouraged Kiedis to start putting his poetry to music, which he soon did. Influenced heavily by the burgeoning L.A. punk scene (the Germs, Black Flag, Fear, Minutemen, X, etc.) as well as funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, etc.), the trio began to rehearse with another friend, drummer Jack Irons, leading to the formation of Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, a quartet that played strip bars along the Sunset Strip during the early '80s. It was during this time that the four honed their sound and live act (as they stumbled across a stage gimmick that would soon become their trademark — performing on-stage completely naked, except for a tube sock covering a certain part of their anatomy). By 1983, Balzary had begun to go by the name "Flea," and the group changed its name to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Word spread quickly about the up-and-coming band, resulting in a recording contract with EMI. But before the Chili Peppers could begin work on their debut, Flea and Kiedis were dealt a disappointing blow when both Slovak and Irons announced that they were leaving to focus more on another band they were in, What Is This. With replacement members Jack Sherman (guitar) and Cliff Martinez (drums) filling in, the Peppers released their self-titled debut in 1984. But the absence of the two original members showed, as the album failed to capture the excitement of their live show. While the album didn't set the world on fire sales-wise, the group began to build a dedicated underground following with college radio buffs. By 1985, What Is This were kaput (after issuing a single self-titled album) and Slovak and Irons returned to the Peppers, resulting in the George Clinton-produced Freaky Styley. While the album was an improvement over its predecessor, it still lacked the fire of the band's in-concert experience, a problem that would finally be solved with their next album, 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. The album was the group's first to make an impression on the charts, and they followed it up a year later with a stopgap five-track release, The Abbey Road EP, in 1988. But just as the world was warming up to the Peppers, tragedy struck when Slovak died from a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988.
In the wake of Slovak's death, Irons left the group for the second and final time, while Kiedis (who was also battling drug addiction at the time) and Flea decided to soldier on. After a new lineup featuring former Parliament guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight and former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro didn't work out, the duo found worthy replacements in newcomers John Frusciante and Chad Smith. The new-look Chili Peppers hit pay dirt straight away, as their first album together, 1989's Mother's Milk, became a surprise hit due to MTV's exposure of their videos for a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and a song about their fallen friend Slovak, "Knock Me Down," as the album was certified gold by early 1990. The bandmembers knew that their next release would be the most important one of their career, so they moved into a mansion-turned-recording studio with producer Rick Rubin to work on what would become their most successful release yet, the stripped-down Blood Sugar Sex Magik (their first for the Warner Bros. label). The album became a monster hit upon its September 1991 release (eventually going on to sell a staggering seven million copies in the U.S. alone), as it spawned such hits as "Give It Away" and the group's first Top Ten single, "Under the Bridge."
But not all was well in the Chili Peppers camp. Like his predecessor, Frusciante had become addicted to hard drugs, and abruptly left the band mid-tour in early 1992. Undeterred, the band enlisted new member Arik Marshall, and headlined Lollapalooza II in the summer. When the band returned to the studio to work on its sixth release overall, it quickly became apparent that Marshall didn't fit in, and he was replaced by Jesse Tobias. But before Tobias could record a note with the group, he was handed his walking papers as well, and former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro signed on. After a layoff of four years, the Peppers' much delayed follow-up to BSSM was released in 1995, One Hot Minute. While the album was a sizable hit, it failed to match the success and musical focus of its predecessor, as it became apparent during the album's ensuing tour that Navarro wasn't fitting in as well as originally hoped, and he left the band in early 1998.
After Frusciante had left the group, he released a pair of obscure solo releases, 1995's Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt and 1997's Smile from the Streets You Hold, yet rumors circulated that the guitarist was homeless, penniless, and sickly with a death-defying drug habit. After checking himself into rehab and putting his demons behind him, Frusciante emerged once again refocused and re-energized, and promptly accepted an invitation to rejoin the Peppers once more. The group's reunion album, 1999's Californication, proved to be another monster success, reconfirming the Chili Peppers as one of alternative rock's top bands. The band put in a quick guest appearance on Fishbone's Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx before hitting the road to support the album. The following months found the band getting involved in bizarre situations and controversies. First, their refusal to play songs from One Hot Minute during the tour was an unpopular decision with some fans and a sore spot for Dave Navarro. Next, they re-ignited a personal feud between Kiedis and Mr. Bungle singer Mike Patton by refusing to play a series of European concerts with Bungle. Patton responded with a "tribute" show for the Peppers, where Bungle mocked their stage moves, faked shooting up heroin, and imitated Kiedis' comments about Patton. They also played the ill-fated Woodstock '99 festival, where their headlining performance was met with piles of burning rubble and a full-scale riot. Tours with the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam brought them into the next year without problems, but they stepped off the road after a planned stop in Israel was halted due to security worries. They returned to the studio in November of 2001 and by the summer of 2002 they had a new album ready to drop, By the Way. Warner Bros. released a Greatest Hits compilation in 2003, followed by a chart-topping two-CD album of all-new material, Stadium Arcadium, in 2006.
After an extensive supporting tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took an extended hiatus and the members pursued individual interests. Flea began studying music theory at USC and played in a variety of side projects. Kiedis attempted to turn his autobiography, Scar Tissue, into a television show. Smith joined Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Joe Satriani in the party supergroup Chickenfoot. Frusciante released The Empyrean in 2009, by which time he had left the band. His replacement was Josh Klinghoffer, who played secondary guitar on the Stadium Arcadium tour. Klinghoffer's first album with the band, the Rick Rubin-produced I'm with You, was released in late summer of 2011. It performed well around the world, hitting number one in numerous countries and reaching gold or platinum status.
Touring the globe occupied much of the next three years, although the band's most prominent appearance was in America, playing with Bruno Mars at the half-time show for 2014's Super Bowl. By the end of the year, they'd begun writing songs, and entered the studio with Danger Mouse in the production chair and Nigel Godrich mixing. In 2016, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their 11th studio album, Getaway, which featured the lead single "Dark Necessities."

Birth Date: 1983

Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative 

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    2

    Pepsi Center

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Denver, CO

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    4

    Gila River Arena

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Glendale, AZ

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue


    5

    Valley View Casino Center

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Sunday, March 5, 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    7

    STAPLES Center

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    12

    Oracle Arena

    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Oakland, CA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue


    15

    Moda Center

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Portland, OR

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue


    17

    KeyArena

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 17, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue


    18

    Rogers Arena

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue


    12

    Verizon Center

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    14

    Philips Arena

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    Atlanta, GA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    15

    PNC Arena

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Raleigh, NC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and BABYMETAL


    17

    Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena)

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Monday, April 17, 2017

    Charlotte, NC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and BABYMETAL


    19

    Colonial Life Arena

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Columbia, SC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and BABYMETAL


    22

    Verizon Arena

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    North Little Rock, AR

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and BABYMETAL


    24

    Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Monday, April 24, 2017

    Jacksonville, FL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    26

    Amway Center

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Orlando, FL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    27

    Amalie Arena

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    29

    AmericanAirlines Arena

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Miami, FL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    11

    PPG Paints Arena (Formerly CONSOL Energy Center)

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    13

    Quicken Loans Arena

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Cleveland, OH

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    14

    Schottenstein Center

    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Columbus, OH

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    16

    KFC Yum! Center

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Louisville, KY

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    18

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Indianapolis, IN

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    19

    U.S. Bank Arena

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 19, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    21

    Sprint Center

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Kansas City, MO

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    26

    MTS Centre

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Winnipeg, MB

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    28

    Rogers Place

    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Edmonton, AB

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    29

    Scotiabank Saddledome

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Monday, May 29, 2017

    Calgary, AB

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    18

    Centre Videotron

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Québec, QC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deerhoof


    20

    Centre Bell Centre

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    22

    FirstOntario Centre

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Start: Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Hamilton, ON

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    23

    Canadian Tire Centre

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Friday, June 23, 2017

    Kanata, ON

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deerhoof


    25

    Van Andel Arena

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    28

    American Family Insurance Amphitheater-Summerfest

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Milwaukee, WI

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers


    30

    United Center

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Friday, June 30, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deerhoof


    1

    United Center

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Deerhoof


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