The Red Hot Chili Peppers have remained one of America's best bands for nearly thirty years. Forming in Los Angeles in 1983, the Chili Peppers' long career has showcased a variety of musical genres always accented by their passionate performances.
Guitarist Hillel Slovak, singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea and drummer Jack Irons met while attending high school. Mere months after their first performance, the Chili Peppers were signed by EMI in early 1984. The Chili Peppers released their first eponymous album in mid-1984. An instant hit with college radio, their first album was met with enthusiasm from the alternative music scene. With their new reputation, the Chili Peppers were able to recruit famed funk artist George Clinton to produce their next album entitle "Freaky Styley" in 1985. Combined punk and its associated attitude with the the energetic funk Clinton was famous for, the album cemented the Chili Peppers reputation as a high-energy, undefinable firebrand of a band.
During this time period, however, the Chili Peppers, particularly Kiedis and and Slovak, began using drugs heavily. Their addictions, particularly to cocaine and heroine, disrupted their recording and touring. Though they managed to record their next album, "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan", in 1987, their tour was marred by problems stemming from addiction. Guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in June of 1988. Profoundly distraught by the death of their founding guitarist, the Chili Peppers only decided to continue on after long deliberation. After several lineup changes, the band hired guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith. Their next album entitled "Mother's Milk" was released in 1988.
The band decided to live in Harry Houdini's mansion while recording their next album. "Blood Sugar Sex Magick" was released in 1990 and went on to be one of their greatest successes. With multiple singles charting highly on various Billboard lists, the album led to the band's first Grammy and greater recognition beyond their existing fanbase. The band's 1995s release "One Hot Minute" featured Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction on guitar as Frusciante had left the band temporarily due to infighting. Featuring a much heavier sound, the album was yet another departure from the band's past sounds. Settling down, the band's latest four album have garnered universal critical acclaim. Firmly established as one of the heavyweights of the rock and alternative music world, 1999's "Californication" cemented the bands lastest sound, which stuck with the band though their next three releases entitled "By The Way", "Stadium Arcadium" and "I'm With You".
The band is currently on a worldwide tour with many stops throughout the United States. Tickets are currently available.