Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a goofy funk group made up of hard-partying white kids who liked to wear socks over their penises. Even with P-Funk commander George Clinton at the helm of their career in the early days, the Peppers were known more for their onstage antics than their music. But after the drug-induced death of their original guitar player, the Chili Peppers got a bit more serious, even as the partying continued. They enlisted Rick Rubin to produce their 1991 album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ and everything changed. The album shot into the Top 5, and the band became alternative-rock stars in the first part of the ‘90s. Several lineup changes, and rehab stints, have since followed, but so has a newfound focus on career. ‘Californication’ is one of their sharpest albums, and 2006’s two-disc ‘Stadium Arcadium’ is an ambitious work from a band that had very little starting out.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New LP With John Frusciante ‘Nearly Done'
Chad Smith hails “magic” that returned guitarist has brought to the studio.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Detail 2022 World Tour With John Frusciante
The Strokes, Beck, St. Vincent and other major artists will join for various dates.
Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' Gets Cut Down to Size
Would band's 1991 masterpiece be even better if it was a half-hour shorter?
How Red Hot Chili Peppers Busted Out With ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’
A haunted house, drug use and Sinead O'Connor all contributed to the classic 1991 album.
Pearl Jam Add Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist to Lineup
Josh Klinghoffer has joined the band as a touring musician, making his debut at the Sea.Hear.Now festival.
Anthony Kiedis Selling ‘Truly Beautiful’ Hawaiian Home for $10M
Pros: Oceanfront views, ample natural light and an expansive chef’s kitchen. Cons: It was built on an ancient burial ground.
Do Red Hot Chili Peppers Regret Playing ‘Fire’ at Woodstock ‘99?
Band launched into Jimi Hendrix cover as bonfires burned in the festival crowd.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith Selling $15M Hampton Home
Four-acre property features saltwater pool and outdoor movie theater.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Former Guitarist Jack Sherman Dead at 64
Anthony Kiedis praised him for keeping the band afloat in their early years.
Flea’s ‘Gorgeous’ Former Home Sells for $3.45 Million
Property once owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist includes five bedrooms, a saltwater pool and private sauna.