Red Hot Chili Peppers FACTS
-Performing as Tony Flow and the Majestic Masters of Mayhem, an early version of the Peppers played their first show made up of improvisational music and frontman Kiedis reading a poem called ‘Out in L.A’
-The Peppers’ self-titled first album from 1984 was produced by Andy Gill, the guitarist for post-punk pioneers Gang of Four, whose 1979 debut ‘Entertainment!’ is one of the all-time essentials.
-Their 2nd album ‘Freaky Styley’ was produced by the funk pioneer and grand master of P-Funk George Clinton. He was there when the Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012
-In 1986, the Peppers’ record company gave them $5,000 to make a new record. They spent $2,000 of it on heroin and cocaine, which was becoming a huge problem for original guitarist Hillel Slovak.
-‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ their hit 1991 album, was recorded in a mansion once owned by magician Harry Houdini and rumored to be haunted. ‘Magik’ producer Rick Rubin has since made it into his home studio.
-Following guitarist John Frusciante’s 1st departure, Jane’s Addiction‘s Dave Navarro joined the band. His debut performance with them was at Woodstock ’94, where they sported giant light-bulb heads.
-Various drug addictions had once again crippled the Peppers in the mid ’90s, to the point where they scheduled only one concert in 1997: at the Fuji Rock Festival. They played eight songs before a typhoon hit.
-In 2006, the Peppers recorded 38 songs that were supposed to spread out over three albums to be released six months apart. They decided to make the No. 1 ‘Stadium Arcadium’ a double record instead.
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