Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a funk rock band based in Hollywood, California and were formed in 1983, in Los Angeles, California. The band currently consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass) along with a longtime member Chad Smith (drums). Guitarist John Frusciante quietly left the band on good terms in late 2008. On January 2, 2010, Josh Klinghoffer was announced as Frusciante's replacement. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Californication
    Californication
  • By the Way
    By the Way
  • Stadium Arcadium
    Stadium Arcadium
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • One Hot Minute
    One Hot Minute
  • Mother's Milk
    Mother's Milk
  • Freaky Styley
    Freaky Styley
  • The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
    The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
  • What Hits?
    What Hits?
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Out in L.A.
    Out in L.A.
  • What Hits!?
    What Hits!?
  • Live in Hyde Park
    Live in Hyde Park
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Dani California
    Dani California
  • Scar Tissue
    Scar Tissue
  • Under the Covers
    Under the Covers
  • Fortune Faded
    Fortune Faded
  • Can't Stop
    Can't Stop
  • Under the Bridge
    Under the Bridge
  • Otherside
    Otherside
  • Universally Speaking
    Universally Speaking
  • Live On Air
    Live On Air
  • Snow [Hey Oh]
    Snow [Hey Oh]
  • Tell Me Baby
    Tell Me Baby
  • Mothers Milk
    Mothers Milk
  • Higher Ground
    Higher Ground
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Live in Hyde Park (disc 1)
    Live in Hyde Park (disc 1)
  • B-Sides
    B-Sides
  • Hot
    Hot
  • Rockfornication
    Rockfornication
  • Organic Soundball
    Organic Soundball
  • Fight Like A Brave
    Fight Like A Brave
  • The Zephyr Song
    The Zephyr Song
  • The Plasma Shaft
    The Plasma Shaft
  • Desecration Smile
    Desecration Smile
  • Soul to Squeeze
    Soul to Squeeze
  • Hump de Bump
    Hump de Bump
  • Live in Hyde Park (disc 2)
    Live in Hyde Park (disc 2)
  • Live Rare Remix Box
    Live Rare Remix Box
  • Love Rollercoaster
    Love Rollercoaster
  • My Friends
    My Friends
  • The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Give It Away
    Give It Away
  • The Abbey Road EP
    The Abbey Road EP
  • Zephyr Song 1
    Zephyr Song 1

Red Hot Chili Peppers. Artist Bio

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a funk rock band based in Hollywood, California and were formed in 1983, in Los Angeles, California. The band currently consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass) along with a longtime member Chad Smith (drums). Guitarist John Frusciante quietly left the band on good terms in late 2008. On January 2, 2010, Josh Klinghoffer was announced as Frusciante's replacement.

The band initially formed for a one-off support act for a friend's band, calling themselves Tony Flow And The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem. Upon renaming themselves Red Hot Chili Peppers, they played a handful of small club venues in Los Angeles in 1983, before they were signed to EMI Records.

Current members:

Vocal: Anthony Kiedis (1983-present).
Guitar: Josh Klinghoffer (2009-present).
Bass: Michael Peter "Flea" Balzary (1983-present).
Drums: Chad Smith, (1988-present).

Previous members:

Notable guitarists (in chronological order):
Hillel Slovak (1983-1984),
Jack Sherman (1984),
Hillel Slovak (1985-1988),
John Frusciante (1988-1992),
Arik Marshall (1992-1993),
Jesse Tobias (1993)
Dave Navarro (1993-1998),
John Frusciante (1998-2008)
Notable drummers (in chronological order):
Jack Irons (1983-1984),
Cliff Martinez (1984-1987),
Jack Irons (1987-1988),
D.H. Peligro (1988),
Chad Smith, (1988-present)

The Chili Peppers' original guitarist, Slovak, was replaced in 1984 by Jack Sherman, while Slovak and Irons recorded music with their band at the time, "What Is This?" Upon Slovak's return, Sherman was fired from the band.

Following Slovak's death of a heroin overdose, a young John Frusciante took over as guitarist in 1988. Frusciante, however, quit the band in 1992 due in part to his sadness at the band becoming so successful in such a short time; complex personal issues, involving an addiction to heroin, were also a factor. He was then replaced by Arik Marshall. Approximately a year later, Marshall left the band, to be replaced by former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.

After the release of 1995's One Hot Minute, Navarro's escalating drug habits became a subject of conflict. In 1998, Navarro was fired from the band, to be taken over by none other than former guitarist, Frusciante, who remained in the band until 2008, when he quietly took his leave on good terms with the other members.

Founder and guitarist Hillel Slovak did not actually appear on the self-titled debut album, despite performing and writing the content with the band prior to recording. He was replaced by Jack Sherman for the recording of the album, but returned to the band for second album, Freaky Styley. The third album, Uplift Mofo Party Plan, is in fact the only album to include all four founding members. After this, Slovak overdosed on heroin and was replaced on future albums (Mother's Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik - on which Frusciante provides guitars, One Hot Minute - Navarro, Californication and By the Way - Frusciante) Frusciante is also on 2006's Stadium Arcadium.

Frusciante has also been making solo albums for a number of years. His new album with the band Ataxia came out May 2007, and is titled Automatic Writing II.

In 2003 Flea played bass on The Mars Volta's album Deloused In The Comatorium. Frusciante added guitar to tracks on Deloused and 2005's Frances The Mute. He also played rhythm guitar on The Mars Volta's Amputechture. Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist for The Mars Volta, appeared on Stadium Arcadium, playing the solo on "Especially In Michigan".

In 2011, the band released I'm With You, their tenth studio album, and their first with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

A new era in the band's history took place due Frusciante's departure in 2009. He was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, who had already played shows as a second guitarist with the band during their 2007 tour dates.

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