Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis
on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock.
Also Known As
Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all
time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Los Angeles, California
Funk rock, alternative rock, funk metal
1983 - present
EMI, Warner Bros.
Ataxia, Fishbone, Jane's Addiction, Parliament-Funkadelic, What Is This?
Anthony Kiedis -
lead vocals (1983-1986, 1986-present)
Michael "Flea" Balzary -
bass, piano, trumpet, backing vocals
Chad Smith -
drums, percussion (1988-present)
Josh Klinghoffer -
guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
(2009-present, touring member 2007)
(1983, 1985-1988) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1983, 1986-1988) (drums, percussion)
(1983-1986) (drums, percussion, backing vocals)
(1983-1984) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1988) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1988) (drums, percussion)
(1992-1993) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1993) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1993-1998) (lead guitar, backing vocals)
(1988-1992, 1998-2008) (lead guitar, keyboards, six-string bass, organ, percussion, banjo, backing vocals)
In the 80s by Fairfax High School alumni Kiedis, Flea
Got their start:
heavily by the burgeoning L.A. punk scene in the early 80s
Flea's powerful bass and their diverse musical precision
It might sound funny, but I think we've got a very solid foundation, maybe the most solid foundation we ever had. Even Anthony seems to be far more relaxed and confident.
We also found out that we work a lot better if we know what we want before we enter the studio. It took us only three weeks to record the album.
We were never a band that promoted a clean and healthy lifestyle (laughs). I had drug problems. Anthony was a junkie. We were all battling with our addictions. It is easy to get sucked into this lifestyle, and I guess that's what happened to John. He was too young and inexperienced to deal with it all. We were older and knew the game and had a hard time dealing with it. But drugs weren't just a part of the band, somehow we grew up in Hollywood and drugs were part of the whole rock culture. They just suck you in.
It was too high, too far, too soon. Everything happened or better everything seemed to be happening at once and I just couldn't cope with it.
It's pretty simple. The old magic is back. Everything is possible and that's a great feeling. We've grown as people and musicians. So, the music is different. It's a different time, but it's still great, even better than it was.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Awards
MTV Video Music Awards for Viewer's Choice, Breakthrough Video and Best Art Direction "Give It Away"
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Give It Away")
Billboard Music Award for setting the record for most weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Scar Tissue."
American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist.
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song ("Scar Tissue")
California Music Award for Outstanding Bassist (Given to Flea)
MuchMusic Video Award for Best International Video ("Californication").
2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction (Johnathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) and Best Art Direction (Colin Strause),
2 'My VH1' Awards - Pushing the Envelope Video ("Californication") and Must-Have Album (Californication).
Billboard Music Video Award for Best Modern Rock Clip of the Year ("Californication")
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Rock Act
MTV Video Music Award Latin America for Best Rock Artist, International.
2 MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Live Act and Best Rock Act.
Brit Award for Best International Group
Grammy Award for Rock
Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal "Dani California"
ECHO Music Award
(German Grammy) for Gruppe des Jahres (international) "Stadium Arcadium"