The Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed in 1983 by school friends Antony Kleidis and Michael Balzary, better known by his stage-name, ‘Flea.’ The band debuted at the Los Angeles Rhythm Lounge as ‘Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem’, with Kleidis on vocals and Balzary on bass guitar, accompanied by Jack Irons and Hillel Slovak. Six months later they were recruited and renamed by EMI.
The ‘Chili Peppers’, as they are known to their fans, have had an ever-changing line-up over their twenty year career. Slovak and Irons were replaced by Jack Sherman and Cliff Martinez for the group’s eponymous debut album, released in August 1984. Slovak returned to the line-up for 1985’s follow up, 'Freaky Styley'.
The group won the first of their two Grammy Awards in 1993, in the category of Best Hard Rock Performance for the single 'Give it Away’. Shortly after, Frusciante left to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by ex-Jane’s Addiction guitarist, Dave Navarro. The band’s commercial success was assured following the release of 1995’s 'One Hot Minute', after which Navarro left, enabling Frusciante to return to the line-up after a period of six years.
The Chili Peppers’ last two releases, 1999’s 'Californication' and 2002’s 'By the Way’, have achieved significant critical and commercial success. In February 2002 the group were awarded their second Grammy in the category of Best Rock Song for the single, 'Scar Tissue'.
In 2006, the band released their ninth studio album 'Stadium Arcadium' which included hits such as 'Danny California'. This ended up being the group's fastest-selling single ever.The album was released as a 28 track double CD and released nine of their ten B-sides separately. It was their first album to reach the top spot in the US charts.It also reached number one in the UK and 25 other countries, as well as being named the best-selling album of the year, with more than seven million copies were sold.
This album, which has been called 'I'm With You', is set to be released on 30 August 2011. Single 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' was first aired on the radio on July of that year.
Without question the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a band of survivors, having hit many bumps but never missed a beat. "I think without a genuine love for each other, we would have dried up a long time ago as a band," Kiedis remarked of the band’s longevity. "There have been tragedies and incredibly inspirational experiences along the way, but the one thread that has been consistent has been the desire to create something honest, soulful and powerful."