Icons of Alternative | Red Hot Chili Peppers



LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 11: Musicians John Frusciante, Flea, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers pose with their Grammys for Best rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Dani California”, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for “Stadium Arcadium”, Best Rock Song for “Dani California” and Best Rock Album for “Stadium Arcadium” in the press room at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)


NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 07: Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Event presented by The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Foundation)


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 03: Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs during Rock in Rio 2019 at Palco Mundo at Cidade do Rock on October 3, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)



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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