PICS: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Give it away now: The Red Hot Chili Peppers packed Valley View Casino Center on March 21.

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The iconic funk/rock/pop band often abbreviated as RHCP currently consists of vocalist Anthony Kiedis (pictured), bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
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Their live shows are always action-packed spectacles – as you can clearly see. Flea's got quite the hops!
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The group has been active since 1983, when Kiedis and Flea founded the band in LA.
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Fun fact: They were originally named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.
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Smith came onboard in 1988, after original drummer Jack Irons quit the group. Another fun fact: He bears an uncanny resemblance to Will Farrell!
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Klinghoffer’s a relatively new addition to the band – recruited to fill in on tour and subsequently replace guitarist John Frusciante in 2009. Frusciante was a member of the band from 1988 to 1992, and then again from 1998 to 2009.
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The group’s broad musical style mixes elements of funk, pop, soul, punk, and and psychedelic rock.
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They’re one of the best-selling bands in music history, with more than 80 million records sold worldwide.
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RHCP has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, of which they have won six.
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They’re also the most successful band in alternative rock radio history: They currently hold the record for most No. 1 singles (13), most cumulative weeks at No. 1 (85), and most top-10 songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
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In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Their big commercial break came in 1990 with the album “Blood Sugar Sex Majik,” recorded with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
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The band’s 1999 album, “Californication,” became the band’s biggest commercial success with more than 16 million albums sold worldwide. It was followed by 2002’s “By the Way” and 2006’s double-album “Stadium Arcadium” – which became their first No. 1 album in the U.S.
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The Peppers released their latest album, “The Getaway,” in 2016 – their 11th studio release. It was produced by Danger Mouse and marked the first time the band had not worked with Rubin since 1989.
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“The Getaway” continued the band’s chart success – topping the charts in 10 different countries.
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This show marked their first time back in San Diego since their surprise benefit show held at the Belly Up on Sept. 27, 2015.
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That show was held as a fundraiser for Flea’s nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music, A Reason to Survive, Heartbeat Music Academy, and the San Diego Young Artists Music Academy.
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Their March 21 show featured the following songs: “Intro Jam,” “Can’t Stop,” “Snow (Hey Oh),” “The Zephyr Song,” “Dark Necessities,” “Hey,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (The Stooges cover)…
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“Right on Time,” “Go Robot,” “Californication,” “Around the World,” “The Getaway,” Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” “Soul to Squeeze,” and “By the Way.”
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Their encore consisted of “Goodbye Angels” and “Give It Away.” Looks like the band will be back soon: Kaaboo Del Mar just announced its 2017 lineup in September and RHCP are one of the headliners!
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