Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American band from LA formed in 1983. Current band members include Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), as well as drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The group has had several different band members throughout the years.
The band’s first album self- titled The Red Hot Chili Peppers and released in 1984. Although not an immediate success, the bands’ fan-base grew quickly through college radio plays and showing on MTV. Throughout the late 1980’s The Red Hot Chili Peppers went on to release Freaky Styley (1985) The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987) and Mother's Milk (1989). Within this time, the band was having limited success due to the controversial nature and erratic behavior of founding guitarist Hillel Slova, ultimately leading to his departure from the band.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers first taste of real success came in 1991 with the bands’ fifth album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. "Give It Away" was released as the first single; it won a Grammy award in 1992 for "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" and reached number one in the Modern Rock Chart. "Under the Bridge" was another smash hit and got to number two in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It was at this point the band became famous in their own right, breaking across their punk rock, alternative origins into the rock mainstream.
For their next album, new guitarist at the time Dave Navarro joined The Red Hot Chili Peppers and they went on to produce One Hot Minute which was released in September 1995. Although not as well liked as their previous outfit, the album went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. The band went on to tour the US and Europe, however by 1997 Navarro left the band due to artistic differences.
Californication was the Red Hot Chili Peppers next album which was another great success for the ever-changing band. Rock hits on the album include "Scar Tissue", "Otherside" and "Californication". This led on to a Red Hot Chilli Pepper tour which went on for two years in July 1999. In the 2000’s with By the Way (July 2002) and Stadium Arcadium (2006), the band had found their niche, with Stadium Arcadium debuting at number one in the US Charts, UK and 25 other countries.
Through the period 2008-2009, after achieving so much over such a prolific period of time, the band had a break from recording and returned in 2010. Their album I’m With You was released 11th August 2011.