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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Beginning as a high school group that set frontman Anthony Kiedis’ poetry to music, L.A.’s Red Hot Chili Peppers soon grew into rock leaders with their breathless blending of funk and punk. The band went through several lineup changes — including one that resulted from the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak from a heroin overdose in 1988 — before settling on a roster featuring Kiedis, guitarist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante. It was with this lineup that the band would start to make waves and expand their underground following with the release of their fourth album, 1989’s ‘Mother’s Milk,’ followed by their 1991 breakthrough ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.’ The Chili Peppers have continued to be revered as rock innovators over the years, producing countless radio-friendly hits on proceeding albums — especially 1999’s ‘Californication’ and 2002’s ‘By the Way’ — an impressive catalog spanning three decades that has earned the band a total of six Grammys.

30 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘Freaky Styley’

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ellen von Unwerth

The Red Hot Chili Peppers kept the funk raw on their second album with the help of Parliament Funkadelic leader George Clinton.

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Danger Mouse Is Reportedly Producing Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Next Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ellen von Unwerth

Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) will reportedly serve as the producer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ next album.

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50 Rock Facts You May Not Know

Paul Zimmerman / Jo Hale / Sean Gardner, Getty Images
Paul Zimmerman / Jo Hale / Sean Gardner, Getty Images

Which landmark '90s album was recorded in a haunted house? Which legendary frontman worked at Long John Silver's for decades? Find out here.

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31 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Their Self-Titled Debut

EMI
EMI

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began with this tentative first step.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Joins Foo Fighters On Stage

Dave Grohl
Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

"Let me tell you: We haven't done an encore in a long f---ing time. The only reason why we’re doing one tonight is because f---king Chad is here!

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13 Years Ago: A Look Back at the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Singles From ‘By the Way’

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Warner Bros.

After their triumph return with 'Californication' in 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned with the melodic and mature 'By the Way' in July 2002.

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Worst to First: Every Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Ranked

Worst to First: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Clara Balzary

Check out how we rank each of the Chili Peppers' albums, do a little dance and then drink a little water.

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16 Years Ago: A Look Back at the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Videos from ‘Californication’

YouTube
YouTube

The Chili Peppers released their return to form and relevance on June 8, 1999, and the high-concept music videos played a part in setting the tone.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Jams With Kids for ‘Little Kids Rock’ Event

Chad Smith
Steve Jennings, Getty Images

"Music has been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember, and it's pretty cool to be in a position to give back."

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23 Years Ago: John Frusciante Quits the Red Hot Chili Peppers (for the First Time)

Bryan Haraway, Getty Images
Bryan Haraway, Getty Images

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were on the cusp of global domination during the spring of 1992, and that’s exactly why guitarist John Frusciante left.

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