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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.

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‘NBA 2K15′ Soundtrack Features the Strokes, Lorde + More

Pharrell Williams curates the soundtrack to the upcoming installment in the NBA 2K video game franchise and one thing is clear: he won't be passing (over) the rock.

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Flea’s L.A. Mansion Can Be Yours for $6.8 Million

If you're shopping around for a house -- an expensive house -- one just went on the market in Los Angeles.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Picks Live Tracks for Free EP

Celebrating their recent world tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are offering a free EP to fans.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Now Doubles As CIA Torture

Over the past few years, we've heard reports about the tactics that the military has been using to get alleged terrorists and detainees to talk.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Red Hot Chili Peppers

You probably know that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had more guitarists than Guitar Center has guitars, but did you know that they recorded one of their best albums in a haunted house? It's one of the 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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That Will Ferrell / Chad Smith Drum Contest Is Really Happening

Last week, actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith exchanged a couple jokey videos that acknowledged that, after years of speculation, they are indeed the same person. It all ended with Smith challenging Ferrell to a drum contest. “Drum battle, me and you," he wrote. "I’ve seen your skills, you don’t got ‘em. Let’s go. Golden cowbell — winner.”

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Chad Smith Challenges Impersonator Will Ferrell to Drum Battle

Finally! After years of speculation, actor Will Ferrell has finally confirmed that he and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith are indeed the same person. And now Smith has challenged the actor to a drum battle.

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22 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ Album Released

Following up the foot-in-the-door mainstream success of 'Mother’s Milk,' the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their high-water mark, the most popular record of their career, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.' Today, it turns the ripe old age of 22.

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24 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Mother’s Milk’ Album Released

The most widely known lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), John Frusciante (guitar) and Chad Smith (drums) -- made its debut on 1989’s ‘Mother’s Milk,’ the band’s highly successful, critically acclaimed fourth album, which hit the streets 24 years ago today.

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14 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ Album Released

Red Hot Chili Peppers turned the corner on 1999’s ‘Californication,’ their seventh album and return to form after 1995’s disastrous ‘One Hot Minute.’ With guitarist Dave Navarro – who had no business being in the Chili Peppers and spent his brief tenure with the band seemingly playing songs no one else in the group was hearing – gone, and John Frusciante back, the Peppers eased into their most complex and grown-up record.

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