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Red Hot Chili Peppers Highlights

1954

Cliff Martinez, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in The Bronx, New York.

1962

Hillel Slovak, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in Haifa, Israel.

1962

Jack Irons, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in Los Angeles.

1962

Michael "Flea" Balzary, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in Melbourne, Australia.

1962

Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1962

Anthony Kiedis, vocalist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1970

John Frusciante, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in New York, NY.

1984

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' self-titled debut album is released. The lineup includes founding members Flea and Anthony Kiedis, plus guitarist Jack Sherman and drummer Cliff Martinez.

1985

Freaky Styley, the band's secod album, ie released. It is produced by George Clinton.

1987

The group's third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (and last to include guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons) is released.

1988

The Abbey Road EP, whose cover photograph shows the nearly naked foursome spoofing the Beatles' album jacket, is released.

1988

Hillel Slovak dies of a drug overdose in Los Angeles.

1988

Drummer Jack Irons quits in the wake of guitarist Hillel Slovak's death. They are replaced by guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith.

1989

Mother's Milk, the band's fourth album, is released. It includes "Knock Me Down" and a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

1991

Produced by Rick Rubin, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the group's fifth album (and first for Warner Bros.) is released. It will peak at #3 and remain on the charts for nearly two years.

1992

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing their song-to-be hit "Under the Bridge."

1992

"Under the Bridge" peaks at #2.

1992

During a tour of Japan, guitarist John Frusciante quits te band. He is replaced by Arik Marshall.

1992

The 1992 Lollapalooza tour, headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, begins at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Other bands on the bill include Pearl Jam and Southgarden.

1992

What Hits?! a 19-track best-of collection documenting the group's decade on the EMI label, is released.

1993

"Give It Away" wins a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal at the 35th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

1994

The band perform at Woodstock '94. It is the group's first performance with their latest guitarist, Dave Navarro, formerly of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros.

1994

Out in L.A., an album of remixes, outtakes and unreleased material is released by EMI, the band's former label.

1995

One Hot Minute is released. Their one and only album with guitarist Dave Navarro, it enters the album chart at its peak position #4.

1998

The band announces the departure of guitarist Dave Navarro by mutual consent.

1998

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the Tibetan Freedom Festival in Washington, D.C. This show marks the return of John Frusciante to the lineup after a six-year absence.

1999

Californifaction is released. It yields the hit singles "Scar Tissue". (#9) amd "Otherside" (#14).

1999

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Woodstock '99 festival, closing their show with a version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire."

2000

"Scar Tissue" wins a Grammy for Best Rock Song at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

2001

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is certified seven times platinum, signifying sales of 7 million copies.

2001

Off the Map, the group's first concert DVD, compiled from two shows on their Californication tour, is released.

2002

By the Way, the band's eighth studio album is released, peaking at #2, their highest position to date on the album chart.

2003

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Greatest Hits is released.

2004

Scar Tissue, the autobiography of Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is published.

2006

"Dani California" is released as a single. It will peak at #6 and be certified double platinum, signifying sales of two million copies.

2006

The band releases their 28-track, double-disc masterpiece, Stadium Arcadium. It enters the album chart at Number One.

2007

The Red Hot Chili Peppers win Grammys for Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal ("Dani California") and Best Rock Album (Stadium Arcadium) at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

2011

the band releases I'm With You, their first album of new music in five years and their first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. It enters the album chart at #2.

2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. Chris Rock is their presenter.