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Red Hot Chili Peppers News

Red Hot Chili Peppers 'upset' that their music was used to torture Guantánamo Bay prisoners

Drummer Chad Smith labels torture technique 'bullshit'

  • Apr 14, 2014

Red Hot Chili Peppers music used to torture prisoners in Guantánamo Bay

CIA report reveals terror suspect was subjected to the technique at a black site prison in 2002

  • Apr 10, 2014

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea to release autobiography

New book to tell story of musician from childhood to rock super stardom

  • Apr 2, 2014

Complaints made about Red Hot Chili Peppers' exposed nipples during Super Bowl performance

53 people filed official complaints to US regulatory body, the Federal Communications Commission

  • Mar 14, 2014

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea to appear in Disney cartoon

Bassist will appear in 'Sheriff Callie's Wild West'

  • Mar 6, 2014

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos

Brendan's Death Song Play Video

Brendan's Death Song

Red Hot Chili Peppers music video Brendan's Death Song. Brendan's Death Song is the 5th single from American alternative and funk rockers the Red Hot Chili Pepper's 10th studio album I'm With You. The single was...

Look Around (Video) Play Video

Look Around (Video)

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Monarchy Of Roses Play Video

Monarchy Of Roses

Watch the official Monarchy Of Roses video by Red Hot Chili Peppers in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Fortune Faded (Video) Play Video

Fortune Faded (Video)

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Coffee Shop Play Video

Coffee Shop

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Reviews

Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘I’m With You’

Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘I’m With You’

Red Hot Chilli Peppers play it safe. Again.

  • Sep 2, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Hump De Bump

  • May 2, 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Desecration Smile

  • Feb 16, 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Earls Court, London, Saturday, July 1

The spicy stadium rockers may have bitten off more than they can chew

  • Jul 28, 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

No more socks on cocks, but have they lost their partying edge?

  • Apr 28, 2006

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Biography

Red Hot Chili Peppers (also sometimes shortened to the "Chili Peppers" or abbreviated as "RHCP") are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, they incorporate many aspects of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009, following the departure of John Frusciante. Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band's original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea.

Because of commitments to other bands, Slovak and Irons did not play on the band's debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984). Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), and guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on the second and third albums by the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he died of a heroin overdose in 1988. As a result of the death of his friend, drummer Irons chose to depart from the group. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by John Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989's Mother's Milk. In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band's first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the world tour.

After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor. Navarro was fired from the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea's request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication (1999), which became the band's biggest commercial success with 15 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by By the Way (2002), and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, joined as lead guitarist in 2009 and the band spent the next year and a half recording their tenth studio album, I'm with You, which was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries and included a world tour which lasted almost two years. The band followed up that tour with more shows continuing into 2014 including an appearance with Bruno Mars as a part of the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII viewed by a record 115.3 million viewers. The band started production on their eleventh studio album in February 2014.

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