After a hiatus the Red Hot Chili Peppers are back on tour! RHCP is currently on a festival run and will appear at Coachella in April and the Firefly Music Festival in June. Take a look at the schedule below and then get your Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets today!
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By mixing funk with punk rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were able to create a style known for its heavy grooves and become one of the biggest bands of the 80s and 90s. Yet for all of its popularity, the band was beset by drug addiction, internal tensions, and high turnover for much of that time. After almost fading into obscurity midway through the 1990s, RHCP came back in a big way at the end of the decade and has remained successful since.
Formed by Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Jack Irons in 1983, the band's first gigs were often made up of songs written on the spot. However, the make-shift concerts were popular enough to land them a record deal with EMI. Irons and Slovak only considered the Chili Peppers as a side gig, though, so it was with new members Cliff Martinez and Jake Sherman that the band released its debut self-titled album in 1984. Although not a commercial success, its radio play helped grow the band's fan base. After touring in support of the album, Slovak returned and replaced a recently fired Sherman. He helped record the George Clinton-produced Freaky Styley. Though the album was more to the band's liking, it also failed to sell well.
By the time the band got to record their third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Party, What Is This? had finally fizzled out and Jack Irons came back. But all was not well. Kiedis had developed an addiction to heroin and was forced at the threat of unemployment to go to rehab. He did, and after leaving rehab he rejoined the band where, empowered by his sobriety and the return of Irons, they finished up the album, which was released in 1987 to minor success. Any thought of celebration was quickly stifled by tragedy, however, as Slovak died of a drug overdose not long after the band's Uplift Tour. Slovak's death prompted Irons to quit the band permanently. He later became a member of Pearl Jam.
Flea and Kiedis decided to soldier on, eventually hiring John Frusciante and Chad Smith. With the second new lineup the band recorded and released Mother's Milk, which peaked at #52 and became the band's most successful album at the time. Shortly afterward the band left EMI and signed with Warner Bros. Records. Then, with producer Rick Rubin, they moved into the former home of Harry Houdini to record their next album.
When Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released in September 1991, the band members saw themselves become superstars overnight. However, the newfound fame was too much for Frusciante. That, combined with a growing drug problem of his own, led him to quit the band during the album's supporting tour. After running through a couple of recruits who didn't work out, former Jane's Addiction member Dave Navarro was brought aboard after working out some drug issues of his own.
Even with a new member, work on their next album, One Hot Minute, languished. When the record was finally released in 1995, it was with a drastically different sound than previous albums. Still, it sold impressively well, showing that RHCP was still a hot item among fans.
Within the band things were not so rosy. While still working on One Hot Minute, Kiedis had once again lapsed into addiction, and did so yet again during the tour to support the album. Navarro, too, was back on drugs. Tensions within the band mounted until April 1998, when Navarro decided to leave. Lacking a lead guitarist yet again, Flea approached John Frusciante, who agreed to return to RHCP.
With Frusciante back, the band got right to work on their next album, and a little over a year later released Californication. The album was a smash success, even surpassing Blood Sex Sugar Magik from nine years before. The album produced three hit singles in "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," and "Californication." The band supported it with a tour and then got to work on their next album, By the Way. A darker work mostly containing ballads, it was more moderately successful. The band next released Stadium Arcade, known chiefly for its hit single "Dani California." It fared about as well as By the Way, selling just over 2 million records.
The band went on tour to support Stadium Arcade, and afterwards took a break to breathe after almost nine years of constant recording and touring. They re-emerged in 2010 to begin work on I'm With You, but without Frusciante, who had left to focus on his solo career. He was replaced by friend Josh Klinghoffer.