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!
The group has been active since 1983, when Kiedis and Flea founded the band in LA.
Fun fact: They were originally named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.
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.
They’re one of the best-selling bands in music history, with more than 80 million records sold worldwide.
RHCP has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, of which they have won six.
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.
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.
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.
“The Getaway” continued the band’s chart success – topping the charts in 10 different countries.
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.
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)…
“Right on Time,” “Go Robot,” “Californication,” “Around the World,” “The Getaway,” Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” “Soul to Squeeze,” and “By the Way.”
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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