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Stadium-packing funk rock superstars

Free-wheeling, uninhibited and unabashedly entertaining, LA's Red Hot Chili Peppers grew out of the strip clubs on the Sunset Strip, going to release one of the defining albums of the '90s alt-rock boom and pack stadiums all over the world.

The band was formed in 1983 by four Fairfax High School classmates – vocalist Anthony Kiedis, Melbourne-born bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons – all heavily influenced by the LA punk scene, hair metallers Van Halen and the unbridled funk of Sly And The Family Stone.

The quartet started out as Tony Flow And The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem, their first gig opening for a friend's band at the Rhythm Lounge. After being asked to return the following week, they changed their name to Red Hot Chili Peppers and began playing other small clubs on the Sunset Strip, often wearing little more than strategically placed sport socks.

Signed early on by EMI, their self-titled debut album came out in 1984 followed by Freaky Styley in 1985, but it wasn’t until 1987’s The Uplift Mofo Party Plan that they cracked the Billboard 200 chart. By this time RHCP had not only established their signature thrashy punk-meets-funk sound, but also a reputation for hard partying.

Just when they were starting to enjoy commercial success, Slovak died and a devastated Irons exited the band (later joining Pearl Jam), leaving Kiedis and Flea to reform with guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith.

When their fourth album Mother’s Milk came out in 1989, it peaked at No.52 on the Billboard 200 but failed to chart across the water. However, superstardom was brewing.

Their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik became a genuine phenomenon, coming out on the very same day as Nevermind and Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger and cementing a similar status in music history, It delivered two huge singles in the wistful Under The Bridge and the loose-limbed funk of Give It Away, the latter of which would go on to win a Grammy.

Uncomfortable with RHCP’s newfound fame, Frusciante left abruptly while the band was on tour in 1992. Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction replaced him in 1993, appearing at the Woodstock ’94 festival and playing on the group’s sixth album, 1995’s One Hot Minute. His tenure didn’t last long, however, and Navarro was fired in 1998, with Frusciante rejoining the band.

The reunited four-piece returned to the studio and released their second era-defining album Californication in 1999. Produced by the reverred Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Tom Petty, Run-DMC, Johnny Cash), it saw RHCP’s sound evolve into neo-psychedelic rock and sun-baked California-themed songs, including the huge titular hit single as well as Around The World, Otherside and Scar Tissue. Supported with a two-year world tour, Californication also landed at 399 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

Three years later in 2002, RHCP unveiled their No.1 album By The Way, followed in 2007 by their No.1-charting double album Stadium Arcadium, which produced five singles: Hump De Bump, Dani California, Snow (Hey Oh), Tell Me Baby and Desecration Smile and netted them five Grammys.

RHCP went on hiatus in 2008, with Frusciante announcing that he was leaving the band in 2009 to pursue a solo career. They returned to the studio in 2010 with Josh Klinghoffer in his place on lead guitar. They recorded their 10th album, 2011’s I’m With You, which debuted at No.1 in 18 countries including the UK and featured the hit track The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie.

After weathering 25 years in the music industry – filled not only with accolades as being one of the most successful acts in rock history but also contending with death, addiction and line-up changes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

In 2016, the band exchanged longtime producer Rubin for Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse (The Black Keys, Adele, U2) and released The Getaway, featuring the single Dark Necessities. Frusciante returned to Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2019.

In October 2021, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced an Irish show in Marlay Park, Dublin on 29 June 2022. Support was confirmed as Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers will play Dublin on 29 June 2022 as part of their 2022 World Tour.

RHCP have announced a gig at Dublin's Marlay Park in June 2022.

Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets go on sale at 10:00 on 15 October 2021.

Support for Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Dublin will be Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat.