After a five-year hiatus, the world-famous American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers released their tenth studio album in the end of summer 2011, entitled "I'm With You". It's an admirable achievement for a group that once was created by a bunch of young slackers and hooligans.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1983, the quartet during nearly three decades of its existence has been able to achieve and preserve a truly legendary status. Group members maintain that the idea about a band actually emerged in some 1975 Nissan. Two Los Angeles loafers, Anthony Kiedis and Michael Peter Balzary or simply Flea were sitting enveloped in marijuana smoke and musing on life under hot Californian sun one day in 1883. Feeling euphoric and somewhat unsteady, the guys found it difficult to get home on their own, so they climbed into the car of their pal Hillel Slovak, who was passing by at that moment. It was then that the idea about the group first came up.
Later on, the threesome was joined by a drummer Jack Irons, and in their first concerts, the quartet introduced themselves as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. Gradually acquiring public's appreciation, the group finally landed their first serious agreement with the record company EMI America.
Early shows of RHCP would begin with the welcome, "Good evening, ladies and scumbags!", and offered a rather bold and extravagant performance, yet already the very first reviews marked their amazing ability to balance between conceptual music and a total chaos on stage.
"We were at the dark end of the LA punk scene, and that scene was full-on and violent and aggressive and wild and intense. We worked very hard to make it a cohesive thing," explains Flea, talking about the time when they were fighting for their positions in music industry.
Although their first albums didn't earn any particular success, it took only few more years for Chili Peppers to acquire their permanent place on the pop music scene. The third studio album "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan" (1987) already marked the beginning of a promising breakthrough, yet the success was soon overshadowed by a tragic loss - on June 25, 1988, Hillel Slovak died from a heroin overdose. It seemed that the group may cease to exist, without reaching fame.
They recovered, however, and Slovak was soon replaced by a brilliant guitarist John Frusciante. RCHP recorded two studio albums with his participation - Mother's Milk (1989) and Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) that instantly launched them to the level of rock music aristocracy.
Many band members have joined and left the group in the course of time, and Anthony Kiedis and Flea are the only ones to be there since the very beginning, yet numerous changes neither could reduce group's success nor lower their creative potential.
Boisterous youngsters of the flamboyant funk rock group have matured and turned into accomplished and much respected artists. The group has earned multiple music awards and nominations, has sold their albums in millions of copies, created unforgettable hits, and it can still fill large concert venues with raving fans.
In the current tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers features 14 brand new compositions, once again demonstrating its intoxicating musical style, polished during many years and exuding sparkling energy.
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