Red Hot Chili Peppers


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a funk rock band based in Hollywood, California and were formed in 1983, in Los Angeles, California. The band currently consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass) along with a longtime member Chad Smith (drums). Guitarist John Frusciante quietly left the band on good terms in late 2008. On January 2, 2010, Josh Klinghoffer was announced as Frusciante's replacement. The band initially formed for a one-off support act for a friend's band, calling themselves Tony Flow And The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem. Upon renaming themselves Red Hot Chili Peppers, they played a handful of small club venues in Los Angeles in 1983, before they were signed to EMI Records. Current members: Vocal: Anthony Kiedis (1983-present). Guitar: Josh Klinghoffer (2009-present). Bass: Michael Peter "Flea" Balzary (1983-present). Drums: Chad Smith, (1988-present). Previous members: Notable guitarists (in chronological order): Hillel Slovak (1983, 1985-1988), Jack Sherman (1984), John Frusciante (1988-1992, 1998-2008), Arik Marshall (1992-1993), Jesse Tobias (1993) Dave Navarro (1993-1998), Notable drummers (in chronological order): Jack Irons (1983-1984), Cliff Martinez (1984-1987), Jack Irons (1987-1988), D.H. Peligro (1988), Chad Smith, (1988-present) The Red Hot Chili Peppers' original founder and guitarist, Slovak, was replaced in 1984 by Jack Sherman, while Slovak and Irons recorded music with their band at the time, "What Is This?" Upon Slovak's return, Sherman was fired from the band. Slovak did not actually appear on the self-titled debut album, despite performing and writing the content with the band prior to recording. He was replaced by Jack Sherman for the recording of the album, but returned to the band for second album, Freaky Styley. The third album, Uplift Mofo Party Plan, is in fact the only album to include all four founding members. After this, Slovak overdosed on heroin and was replaced on future albums (Mother's Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik - on which Frusciante provides guitars, One Hot Minute - Navarro, Californication and By the Way - Frusciante) Frusciante is also on 2006's Stadium Arcadium. Following Slovak's death of a heroin overdose, a young John Frusciante took over as guitarist in 1988. Frusciante, however, quit the band in 1992 due in part to his sadness at the band becoming so successful in such a short time; complex personal issues, involving an addiction to h...

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