Mon October 28th, 2002
Mon June 28th, 1999
Mon March 11th, 1996
Mon November 20th, 1995
Mon June 29th, 1992
By The Way (2002)
Maximum Chili Peppers (2000)
Californication (1999)
The Abbey Road E.P. [reissue] (1998)
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers (1997)
One Hot Minute (1995)
John Frusciante, guitar
Anthony Kiedis (1983-Present), vocals
Flea (1983-Present), bass
Chad Smith (1988-Present), drums
Anthony Kiedis's father, John Kiedis, is a veteran character actor who has appeared in numerous television shows (Night Court, Starsky and Hutch, Magnum, P.I. and Charlie's Angels among others) and films under the name "Blackie Dammett." Anthony Kiedis has appeared in several films (including Point Break, Less Than Zero and F.I.S.T., in which he played the son of Sylvester Stallone's Teamster hero) under the name "Cole Dammett."

Flea has also racked up an impressive acting resume that includes everything from the voice of Donnie Thornberry of The Wild Thornberrys, Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski, Back To the Future III and Penelope Spheeris's Suburbia.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Though the Red Hot Chili Peppers triumphed as one of the most popular rock bands of the '90s, it took years of work, a few false starts and an untimely death before the Los Angeles band arrived.

The earliest stirrings of the band occurred at Fairfax High School where Anthony Kiedis first met future bass virtuoso Michael "Flea" Balzary in the late '70s. Though flea spent a few years playing in various L.A. punk bands (including Fear) the two eventually reconvened and in 1983, with guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons rounding out the line-up, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were born.

The quartet plunged into the rock'n'roll lifestyle with gusto. The excesses quickly took their toll and Slovak, grappling with a heroin addiction quit the band in 1984. With Jack Sherman filling in for Slovak, the Chili Peppers signed with EMI, which released the group's self-titled debut. Slovak returned to the fold in 1985 and recorded Freaky Styley with his former bandmates. Despite the fact that funk impresario George Clinton produced the album, it wasn't any more of a commercial success than its predecessor. Neither were the two subsequent releases, Uplift Mofo Party Plan and The Abbey Road EP. But compensating for the band's lack of chart prowess was its live show. Full of raucous energy and semi (sometimes full) nudity (they often played wearing only strategically applied tube socks) and lascivious antics the foursome was generating a buzz.

In 1988 Slovak left the band for the second time and died of a drug overdose shortly thereafter. Irons, upset over the death of his old friend left the band, later returning to music as the drummer for Pearl Jam. Kiedis and Flea elected to keep the band going and recruited guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith. The first album by this new line-up would prove to be the break-through that had eluded the Chili Peppers for so long.

Thanks to the hit tracks "Knock Me Down" and "Higher Ground" (a hard hitting cover of the Stevie Wonder classic) with their accompanying videos, Mother's Milk went gold. More rambunctious touring ensued (as well as convictions for various degrees of sexual battery and disorderly conduct) followed by a label change. Settled into its new home at Warner Brothers, the Chili Peppers recorded 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magic with hard rock production mogul Rick Rubin. The album yielded a string of hit singles, fueling even greater popularity, which led to a high profile appearance on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour.

Just when all seemed well in the Chili Peppers camp, Frusciante jumped ship just prior to its 1993 tour. The reason he gave was the pressure of too much time on the road, but there were rumors of drug abuse. Arik Marshall took over, but only lasted a year. He was replaced by Jesse Tobias, who also departed after a brief tenure. Finally former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro signed on and the new line-up debuted at Woodstock '94.

In 1995 the Chili Peppers ended a four year recording hiatus with the release of One Hot Minute. Though it was a more modest success than Blood Sugar Sex Magic, the band subsequently scored a number one hit with its version of the Ohio Players' chestnut, "Love Rollercoaster" that was featured on the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America movie soundtrack.

For the next few years various Chili Peppers pursued outside projects - Flea worked on some solo material and Navarro joined the reformed Jane's Addiction. (In 1998 Navarro left the Chili Peppers and Frusciante returned.) But by 1997 the band was working on a new album. The result was 1999's Californication which yielded several hit singles, notably "Scar Tissue."
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