Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The band consists of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist John Frusciante. They are one of the best-selling bands of all time, with over 120 million records sold worldwide.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' music incorporates elements of funk, punk rock, hip hop, and psychedelic rock. Their eclectic range has influenced genres such as funk metal, rap metal, rap rock, and nu metal.
The band was formed in 1982 by Kiedis, Slovak, Flea, and Irons. They released their debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, in 1984. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band's second album, Freaky Styley, was released in 1985. The album was an even greater success than their debut, reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, was released in 1987. The album was the band's first to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 1988, Slovak died of a heroin overdose. The band was devastated by his death, but they continued to record and tour.
Frusciante replaced Slovak on guitar for the band's fourth album, Mother's Milk, which was released in 1989. The album was another critical and commercial success, reaching number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, was released in 1991. The album was the band's biggest success to date, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 12 million copies.
The band's sixth album, One Hot Minute, was released in 1995. The album was not as successful as their previous albums, but it still reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
Frusciante left the band in 1992, but he rejoined them in 1998 for their seventh album, Californication. The album was another huge success, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 18 million copies.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have continued to release albums and tour since then. Their most recent albums, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, were released in 2022.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have won numerous awards, including six Grammy Awards. They have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.