The Red Hot Chili Peppers first got together in 1983 and quickly became a popular college act before finding monumental mainstream success eight years later. Forged around a solid funk rock foundation, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have added elements as varied as rap and early ‘70s psychedelia. Their breakthrough from college jam band to rock titans came with the 1991 release Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which produced two notable modern rock tracks: Give It Away and Under the Bridge. Although Under the Bridge, a moody piece about the lonely life in L.A., proved to be the bigger hit, nearly topping the charts, the energetic, rap-infused Give It Away earned the group a 1992 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal. Selling more than fifteen million copies, Blood Sugar Sex Magik stayed on the charts for more than a year and came to be one of the defining albums of the early ‘90s. Most bands would have tried to parlay that success into a similar follow-up, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers stripped away the rap and amped up the rock-style guitar rhythms for 1999’s Californication. Modern rock fans took to the new sound and drove three singles—Scar Tissue, Otherside, and the title track—to number one. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have continued to fine tune and rejuvenate their recorded sound, creating a blend of funk and metal that contains undeniable critical and commercial appeal. Winners of seven Grammys, they’ve sold more than eighty millions records, placing them among the most successful rock acts of all time. More than thirty years after their first show, the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to tour and crank out hits, with their twelfth number one hit coming in 2011. At this point in their amazing careers, when most bands have long called it quits, the Red Hot Chili Peppers show no signs of cooling off.
Red Hot Chili Peppers 2015 Tour
The Red Hot Chili Peppers head out on their 2015 tour with no album to support, which means they’re free to choose any song they want from their vast array of singles. Expect to hear plenty of hits, but the Chili Peppers have shown a real tendency to throw in one or two obscure songs, particularly from their early days as an underground and college phenomenon. Expect the hits, but enjoy tracks like Sir Psycho Sexy or Throw Away Your Television. The Red Hot Chili Peppers put together a visually arresting show, with lights and visual imagery to tantalize the eyes, but it’s their reputation for putting together extended jams of funky riffs and unexpected deviations the hold the audience’s attention. Singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea bring an amazing energy to the stage, and after thirty years of banter and onstage antics, know how to draw in an audience in between songs. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers use their constant touring to demonstrate why they are a dominant force in the alternative rock world while maintaining strong mainstream appeal.