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One of the most important bands of their generation (and, arguably, any generation), the Chili Peppers haven’t slowed down for a second since their debut in 1983. With Anthony Kiedis belting out all-time hits alongside the incomparable Flea, the Chili Peppers are better than ever. There is no question that they have defined funk rock with their incredible music. They are also the first ones to fuse elements of hard rock and funk with hip-hop. In an interview Anthony Kiedis said:
“We were early in creating the combination of hardcore funk with hip-hop-style vocals. We became, maybe, an inspiration to Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Linkin Park – all these other bands that are doing that now."
It is safe to say that Red Hot Chili Peppers have set the benchmark. They have set a lot of records including one for recording the most top-ten songs. The legends have also gone on to sell more than eighty million albums around the globe. The quartet now plans to perform multiple shows throughout the rest of 2017. So, if you want to experience a rock ‘n’ roll show unlike any other then grab your Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets today.
Early Life & Influences
Red Hot Chili Peppers have got millions singing their hits like, By the Way, Can’t Stop, Dani California and Tell Me Baby. The quartet has been influenced by legendary artists like, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Deep Purple, The Clash, Queen, Bob Marley, The Beach Boys and Carlos Santana.
Four high school friends, Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Flea and Jack Irons decided to form the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1983. Initially, the quartet started playing shows under the name, “Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.” They soon changed the name to Red Hot Chili Peppers and began to play more shows around L.A., which led to them building a strong fan following in their hometown.
They landed a record deal with EMI America and Enigma Records, but two of the founding members of the band, Slovak and Irons quit, leaving Kiedis and Flea alone. Instead of dissolving the group, the duo decided to recruit more members and so, Cliff Martinez and Jack Sherman were added to the band’s lineup. In 1984, they released their first self-titled studio album. Unfortunately, the album failed to perform on the music charts. Later the same year, Sherman quit the band, which created space for Slovak who rejoined the group in 1985.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers then released their second studio record, ‘Freaky Styley.’ This LP received mixed reviews from the critics but Rolling Stone praised the band’s efforts in words:
“The Chili Peppers are taking advantage of the current crossover free-for-all to universalize funk by expanding its limits and incorporating new ingredients without diluting the basic bump. Fed up with the empty calories of effete high-tech dance records? Freaky Styley is stick-to-the-ribs rock that puts meat back in the motion.”
In 1986, the group’s former drummer, Jack Irons returned when Cliff Martinez left. A year later, the band released its third studio album, with its original lineup, ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.’ It was awarded gold certification in the U.S., but the LP did not bring them any major success. In 1988, Slovak passed away and Irons left the band for the second time. Flea and Kiedis then filled those empty spots with John Frusciante and Chad Smith and the group’s fourth album, ‘Mother’s Milk’ hit the stores on August 16, 1989. It became their first platinum selling album and received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic.
Breakthrough & Recognition
1991 was one of the best years ever for Red Hot Chili Peppers. They received their breakthrough success that year with ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic.’ The record topped charts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, to turn them into international stars. The album also debuted at the third spot on the Billboard 200 and eventually went seven times platinum in the United States.
Moreover, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic’ was included in Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ and ‘The 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties.’ It was also mentioned in the book, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the ‘Best Hard Rock Performance.’
Red Hot Chili Peppers released two more albums during the 90s, ‘One Hot Minute’ and ‘Californication.’ Both records not only sold millions of copies globally, but also received great response from the critics.
The group then kicked off the new millennium by releasing its eighth studio effort, ‘By the Way.’ It featured a single of the same name, which climbed to the top of the Alternative Songs chart and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Red Hot Chili Peppers then came out with one of their best studio records to date, ‘Stadium Arcadium’ in 2006. It became a number one hit all over the world and went multi-platinum in| Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
Since ‘Stadium Arcadium,’ Red Hot Chili Peppers have gone on to cement their place among the greats. Their work has also featured on Hollywood films like, ‘The Fighter,’ ‘Flight’ and ‘Pretty Woman.’ Moreover, they also performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2014. Their long list of accolades includes six Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards. In addition, they have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Red Hot Chili Peppers have come out with eleven studio albums. Their last LP to date, ‘The Getaway’ hit the stores on June 17, 2016. It climbed to the top ten in multiple countries, including the United States, Finland, Greece, France, Poland, Denmark, Canada, Hungary and the United Kingdom. It offered four singles out of which, Dark Necessities reached the top of the Mainstream Rock and Alternative Songs chart.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Tickets
Right now, Red Hot Chili Peppers are on ‘The Getaway Tour.’ The quartet started the trek in 2016 by performing five warm-up shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans. Then, from May to August, the band went on to perform at Rock on the Range, Pinkpop, T in the Park, Lollapalooza and Ottawa Bluesfest.
They began their North American leg of the tour in January of 2017. They are expected to perform a number of gigs throughout the month of October including in cities like, Austin, Denver and Glendale. There is still time for you to watch this iconic group live in concert and to enjoy their powerhouse performances; just book your Red Hot Chili Peppers tour tickets now.