50 Things You Never Knew About Red Hot Chili Peppers

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New guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has played with a variety of other musicians. As well as his own band The Bicycle Thief, he’s joined up with everyone from P J Harvey to Tricky, Warpaint and Gnarls Barkley.

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The whole band make a showing in an episode of The Simpsons. During ‘Krusty Gets Cancelled’ they play ‘Give It Away’ in their underwear.

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Lead singer Anthony Kiedis joked that the reason they covered Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ was because it was between this song, and covering New Kids On The Block’s ‘Hanging Tough’.

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Ex drummer Cliff Martinez (who played on ‘Freaky Styley’) is now a film composer, and has produced scores for Traffic, Solaris and many more.

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Flea has two children: Clara from first wife Loesha Zeivar and Sunny Bebop with second wife Frankie Rayder. The former was in a band herself called The Tints.

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Former RHCP guitarist John Frusciante is Sunny’s godfather.

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Anthony Kiedis once developed a series for HBO based around his unusual Los Angeles upbringing.

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Anthony Kiedis is a strict vegan, and has been since 2008. He also regularly practises Vipassana meditiation and is a follower of Kabbalah.

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Flea grew up with an alcoholic step-father who eventually became involved in shoot-outs with police.

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Anthony Kiedis’ father, meanwhile, was a drug dealer who introduced him to drugs, and aided his loss of virginity to his own 18-year-old girlfriend.

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Josh Klinghoffer contributed to Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery’s second solo album.

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Chad Smith contributes to a slew of charities, including Surfer’s Healing, MusiCares and the Children’s Hospitals in the States.

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Chad Smith also plays with an instrumental funk rock act called Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats.

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John Frusciante was in a band with Flea and Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perksin The Three Amoebas.

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The cover for ‘Stadium Arcadium’ was created by Storn Thorgerson, a graphic designer famous for his work with Pink Floyd, T Rex and The Mars Volta. However, the band rejected his ideas and went with their own, which Storm subsequently dismissed.

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Flea was named the second best bass player ever in a recent poll by Contact Music, coming just behind The Who’s late bassist John Entwistle.

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‘Desecration Smile’ is about Anthony Kiedis relationship with his ex-wife. When sings about being “Serenaded by the terror bird,” he’s referring to a band called The Terrors, who Heather took him to see.

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He doesn’t just slap da bass you know. Flea has recently been studying music theory, composition and jazz trumpet at the University of Southern California.

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‘Out In LA’ is the first song the band wrote together.

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Anthony Kiedis wrote ‘Venice Queen’ about Gloria Scott, a drug councilor who died of cancer.

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Flea and Dave Navarro both appear on Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’.

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Following a gig in Virginia in 1989, Kiedis was convicted of indecent exposure and sexual battery.

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Anthony Kiedis’ father owns a pet wolf, named Howlin’ Wolf.

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Flea was friends with River Phoenix and was with him at The Viper Club on the night the actor died. The two were meant to perform on stage together.

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John Frusciante did the music for Vincent Gallo’s controversial film The Brown Bunny.

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Anthony Kiedis apparently dated Sinead O’Conner, but she broke up with him via a note. ‘I Could Have Lied’, was supposedly written about her, although she denies the two ever dated.

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