Icon Red Hot Chili Peppers (also sometimes shortened to "The Chili Peppers" or abbreviated as "RHCP") are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When

The band's current lineup performing live at MusiCares in 2010.

played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances.

The band were originally known as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.

They changed their name to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Note the word "the" in the band's name at this time.

Initially, the band consisted of Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Jack Irons. This line-up recorded the band's 1983 Demo.

Hillel, Flea, and Jack had previously been in Anthym/What Is This.

After this, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons quit to concentrate on the band What Is This.

Weirdos members Dix Denny and Cliff Martinez auditioned as replacements. Dix didn't pass the audition, but Cliff did. Instead of Dix, Jack Sherman got the job as the band's guitarist.

The band's second line-up was Anthony Keidis, Jack Sherman, Flea, and Cliff Martinez. This line-up recorded the band's first album The Red Hot Chili Peppers and wrote half of the songs on the band's second album Freaky Styley, but didn't play on Freaky Styley.

Part way through the writing of Freaky Styley, Jack Sherman was fired and Hillel Slovak rejoined.

Now, the band was Anthony Keidis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Cliff Martinez. This line-up recorded the band's second album Freaky Styley.

Around this time, the band moved in with George Clinton.

Cliff Martinez was fired and Jack Irons rejoined.

The band was now back to its original line-up.

The band recorded and released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

Original guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 and original drummer Jack Irons quit soon after.

Guitarist DeWayne McKnight and drummer D.H. Peligro joined.

The band was now Anthony Keidis, Dewayne McKnight, Flea, and D.H. Peligro.

Dewayne McKnight was fired and replaced by John Frusciante.

The band was now Anthony Keidis, John Frusciante, Flea, and D.H. Peligro. This line-up co-wrote parts of Mother's Milk, but didn't play on the album.

D.H. Peligro was fired a short time later.

In 1988, the band hired Chad Smith, who had previously been in several other bands, including Toby Redd. He has been the band's drummer ever since.

The band was now Anthony Keidis, John Frusciante, Flea, and Chad Smith. This line-up recorded most of Mother's Milk and all of Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

Mother's Milk is the first album the band released without the word "the" in their name.

In 1992, after recording two albums with the band, John Frusciante quit.

In 1992, guitarist Arik Marshall joined.

The band was now Anthony Keidis, Arik Marshall, Flea, and Chad Smith.

In 1993, guitarist Jesse Tobias joined.

In 1994, then former Jane's Addiction and former Deconstruction guitarist Dave Navarro joined.

The band was now Anthony Keidis, Dave Navarro, Flea, and Chad Smith. This line-up recorded most of One Hot Minute.

In 1998, Dave Navarro was fired and John Frusciante was rehired.

In 2007, Josh Klinghoffer joined as a second guitarist.

In 2009, John Frusciante quit for a second time, making Josh Klinghoffer the band's sole guitarist.

Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Flea (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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