A Photolog of Fame: Red Hot Chili Peppers from Inception to Today

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers entered the 1980s entertainment scene with a unique combination of punk rock and funk music. Aside from that, the Peppers became known for their exhilarating live acts, with their trademark of performing completely naked except for tube socks to cover their privates. Many bands tried to imitate their music style only to fail, leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers to claim the glory solely.
Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary and Hillel Slovak founded Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1983. The group’s first album flopped but succeeding albums showed promise. The band suffered a very serious blow when Slovak died in 1988 due to heroin abuse and original drummer Jack Irons decided to leave the group for good. It struggled to pick up the pieces but with replacements that included current drummer Chad Smith, the group re-emerged as one of the best-selling rock bands of all time. The Peppers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.