Red Hot Chili Peppers

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers, aka the Chili's.

One of the first bands to blend Funk with Rock and a little bit of Punk, A massive influence over Nu Metal, also hugely respected by the world of The NWOAHM.

Probably their biggest tune;-

Here they are covering Bob Dylan.

One of their more recent hits;


Formed out of Los Angeles, California , during 1983. They have a musical style that centers around the blending of Rock with Funk, plus elements of other genres like Punk and Psychedelic Rock.

When live, they include elements of an improvisational nature into their performances.

They have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide, and in 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Albums & Members Story

The band's original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea. Because of commitments to other bands, Slovak and Irons did not play on the band's debut album, "The Red Hot Chili Peppers" ('84), Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on the second and third albums by the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he sadly passed away due to a heroin overdose in 1988. As a result of the death of his friend, drummer Irons chose to depart from the group. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989's Mother's Milk. In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band's first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the world tour.

After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor. Navarro was fired from the band in 1998.

Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea's request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication (1999).

Post Californication

Californication became the band's biggest commercial success with 16 million copies worldwide, this was followed three years later with By the Way (2002), and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band in 2009 to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, joined as lead guitarist shortly after Frusciante's departure and the band spent the next year and a half recording their tenth studio album, I'm with You, which was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries and included a world tour which lasted until April 2013. The band quickly followed up that tour a month later with another tour lasting into mid-2014 and that included an appearance with Bruno Mars as a part of the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, a performance that was viewed by a record 115.3 million viewers. The band started recording their eleventh studio album in December 2014, which was scheduled for release in 2015, and came out in 2016.

Albums List

1) The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)


2) Freaky Styley (1985)

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3) The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)

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4) Mother's Milk (1989)

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5) Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

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6) One Hot Minute (1995)

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7) Californication (1999)

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8) By the Way (2002)

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9) Stadium Arcadium (2006)

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10) I'm with You (2011)

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11) The Getaway (2016)

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Members Name Check

  • Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals (1983–present)
  • Josh Klinghoffer – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2009–present, touring member 2007)
  • Flea – bass, piano, trumpet, backing vocals (1983–present)
  • Chad Smith – drums, percussion (1988–present)
  • Hillel Slovak – guitar, backing vocals (1983, 1985–1988; died 1988)
  • Jack Sherman – guitar, backing vocals (1983–1984)
  • DeWayne McKnight – guitar, backing vocals (1988)
  • John Frusciante – guitar, backing vocals (1988–1992, 1998–2009)
  • Arik Marshall – guitar, backing vocals (1992–1993)
  • Jesse Tobias – guitar, backing vocals (1993)
  • Dave Navarro – guitar, backing vocals (1993–1998)
  • Jack Irons – drums, percussion (1983, 1986–1988)
  • Cliff Martinez – drums, percussion (1983–1986)
  • D.H. Peligro – drums, percussion (1988)

Session/Touring Members

  • Chris Warren – keyboards (2007–present)
  • Mauro Refosco – percussion (2011–present)

External Links

Band Website

Facebook Page

IMDB Film & TV info