Happy Birthday to RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Today is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Anthony Kiedis[/lastfm]‘ birthday!!

And to mark the occasion, Jack FM is making Davey the Intern eat a whole bucket of chili peppers!

Don’t worry, he’s getting five bucks out of the deal.

Since their inception in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have become one of rock music’s most iconic bands. Throughout their career, the California rockers have sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have won seven Grammy Awards.  Nine of their singles have charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and they have also scored several #1 hits on both the rock and alternative charts.  And nearly 30 years later, the Chili Peppers have no plans of stopping any time soon.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers released three albums before finally breaking through with 1989’s Mother’s Milk.  Featuring new guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Frusciante[/lastfm] and drummer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chad Smith[/lastfm], Mother’s Milk landed at #52 on the Billboard 200 and became the band’s first gold record (it has since been certified platinum).  The Chili Peppers gained further recognition with the singles “Knock Me Down,” “Taste the Pain” and “Higher Ground,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day.  “Higher Ground,” a cover of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] classic, was a Top 20 hit on alternative radio.

Just two short years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers exploded onto the mainstream with the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rick Rubin[/lastfm]-produced Blood Sugar Sex Magik.  The album sold 15 million copies around the globe,  turning the band into overnight international superstars.  Blood Sugar Sex Magik produced one of their best-known hits, “Under the Bridge,” as well as the Grammy-winning “Give It Away.”

For the next two decades, the Chili Peppers continued releasing hit albums, including 1999’s Californication and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.  The former spawned three #1 Modern Rock singles (“Scar Tissue,” “Californication” and “Otherside“), while the latter became their first album to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

In August, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released I’m With You, their tenth studio album.  It debuted at #2 and sold 229,000 copies the first week, proving rock is still relevant in today’s pop-saturated world.  The lead single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,”  quickly went to #1 on the Alternative Songs chart, where it stayed for four consecutive weeks.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were recently nominated for a 2012 People’s Choice Award for Best Group and are currently a finalist for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band plans to tour the U.S. sometime next year.

Check out this 2003 performance of “Californication.”  Who knew Will Farrell drummed for RHCP?

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