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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.

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You Think You Know the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

Surprisingly, there might be a lot you don't know about one of the most successful alt-rock acts of all time.

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Hear the First Taste of ‘The Process’ Featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith

On Nov. 4, Chad Smith steps away from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to release 'The Process,' an album he put together with legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell and pianist Jon Batiste.

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Will Ferrell, Chad Smith, Mike McCready + More Cover Rolling Stones Classic

It looks like Will Ferrell and Will Ferrell-lookalike (and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer) Chad Smith aren't feuding anymore.

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Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Says ‘The Chili Peppers Changed Our Lives’

The two rock stars chat about everything -- from carbon footprints to scuba-diving.

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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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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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