Red Hot Chili Peppers Biography

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Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red hot chili Peppers is an American band that hailed from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Anthony Kiedis on vocals, John Frusciante on guitars, Michael "Flea" Balzary on bass and Chad Smith on drums. The band became popular because of their music that takes on a variety of influences- from punk rock, funk, psychedelic rock, alternative rock, heavy metal and even rap.

The band originally started as a group that came together for a one time performance. The original group was composed of Kiedis, "Flea" Balzary along with Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. The group never intended to become a part of the Los Angeles punk scene. Their first performance at the Rhythm Lounge was such well received that the show organizers requested the band to come back the following week. With this unexpected success, the band went on to do several more shows and became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Only after a few months after their first performance, the band signed up with major label EMI. Slovak and Irons quit the band prior in order to pursue their commitments from their original band. The remaining members, Kiedis and Flea continued on recruiting new members to fill up the spot. The band’s debut album was considered as a commercial flop. Their self titled debut was released on august of 1984 and sold for only 25,000 copies.

By the time they were around doing their second album, Slovak came back in time for the work on Freaky Styley. But again, when the album was released in august of 1985, it did not fare as well as their first one. Eventually the original line up of Kiedis, Flea, Irons and Slovak got back together and released the Uplift Mofo Party Plan on September of 1987. With the original line up playing together, the album fared way better than their previous two albums as it was able to reach the 148th spot on the Billboard charts.

Tragedy happened in June of 1988 as Slovak died due to his drug addiction. Irons left the band shortly after, leaving Kiedis and Flea again to continue on with the band. After a number of hits and misses, they both were able to get the services of John Fruscianti at guitars and Chad Smith to do the drum duties. The group clicked and went on to make Mother’s Milk, which went on to reach the 52nd spot on the US Charts and went on to become the band’s first gold record.

The bands breakthrough came when they released their fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik under their new label, Warner Bros. Records in 1991. The album gave the band a number of many firsts. Its single, "Give it Away" became the band’s first number one single in the Modern Rock Chart and gave them an award at the Grammy’s for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocals in 1992. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide and made the Red Hot Chili Peppers famous and popular all over the world.

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