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.
John Frusciante Nearly Abandoned Eddie Van Halen Tribute Solo
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist struggled with concept behind end section of "Eddie."
D.H. Peligro, Drummer for Dead Kennedys, RHCP, Dies at 63
Flea pays tribute after former bandmate passes due to an accident at home.
Why Rick Rubin and Beastie Boys Ran From Chili Peppers Rehearsal
Anthony Kiedis recalls 1985 moment when producer believed "somebody was gonna get murdered."
John Frusciante Channeled ‘70s Prog for ‘Dream Canteen’ Album
Genesis and Pink Floyd influences Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, alongside Eddie Van Halen and Kurt Cobain.
Josh Klinghoffer Recalls 'Stifling' Red Hot Chili Peppers Tenure
Former guitarist says the band was resistant to experimenting with new sounds.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Return of the Dream Canteen': Review
Their second album of 2022 is not as good as the first one.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Honor Late Van Halen Guitar Hero on 'Eddie'
Listen to the second single off their upcoming album, 'Return of the Dream Canteen.'
Red Hot Chili Peppers Tease Eddie Van Halen-Inspired Song 'Eddie'
Hear a clip of the song before its official release.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Honors Taylor Hawkins at VMAs
Funk rock group was on hand to receive the 2022 Global Icon Award.
Josh Klinghoffer Wishes He’d Told Rick Rubin to Leave RHCP Studio
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist says the producer was "way more a hindrance than a help."