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A New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album With John Frusciante Is Coming

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced last month that they’d be reuniting with long-running guitarist John Frusciante, but didn’t divulge what the reunion would entail beyond the handful of festival dates that are already on the books for the band in 2020. Now, drummer Chad Smith says there’s a new album coming, too. In a...

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John Frusciante Is Rejoining Red Hot Chili Peppers

Longtime Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante left in 2009 after almost 20 years with the band to focus on his solo career. Upon his departure, Frusciante was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, who played on the band’s two most recent albums. Now, the beloved inventors of “Californiacation” have announced that Klinghoffer will be leaving...

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Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Headline Boston Calling 2020

Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline next year’s Boston Calling Music Festival. “Boston is such a great city for rock music, and we are so proud to bring some of the most important rock artists of all time to Boston Calling next Memorial Day Weekend,” reads a press statement from Brian...

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Eddie Vedder Joins Red Hot Chili Peppers to Cover Prince and Jimi Hendrix in L.A.

Silverlake Conservatory of Music held their annual fundraising concert this past Saturday (November 2). The long-running benefit concert, dinner, and auction was Emcee’d by Marc Maron, and included performances from Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers. At one point during the evening, Vedder became an honorary Chili Pepper, teaming up with the band to...

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12 Best Rock Star Cameos on The Simpsons

It’s become a badge of honor for athletes, rockers, authors, astronauts, actors, politicians, and pop culture icons to get The Simpsons treatment. And on October 13, it’s Queen’s turn to appear on TV’s longest running scripted show. The Fox animated comedy, currently in its 31st season, will give a nod to the legendary group in the...

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The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999

1999 essentially marked the end of the alternative dream floated by punk bands in the ’80s, sold by record companies in the ’90s, and eventually rebooted in the Garden State ’00s. Five years earlier, alternative-minded Gen-Xers made Woodstock ’94 their own by throwing mud (Green Day) or wearing mud (Nine Inch Nails). Woodstock ’99 was,...

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Watch Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Perform With Members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready curated the inaugural Peak to Sky music festival in Montana this past weekend and assembled a supergroup of sorts for his headlining performance. Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Brandi Carlile (who also...

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To Live and Die in L.A.: Our 1999 Feature on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’

‘Californication’ turns 20 tomorrow. In honor of the anniversary, we’ve digitized and republished this story, which originally appeared in the August 1999 issue of Spin. The portable monument to the Great Chili Pepper Wars is parked behind an anonymous Hollywood rehearsal space. The location is critical: one of the more skanky blocks between Sunset and Hollywood...

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10 Tours That Changed the World

This article originally appeared in the July 2001 issue of SPIN.  Live performance predates recorded music by, well, about 3 million years. But we had our hands full just looking through the past 50 to find the most important tours in pop music. Can a rock concert change the world? Yes. For the better? Not necessarily....

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We Regret to Inform You About This Logic Song That Sounds Exactly Like RHCP in 1999

Supermarket, Logic’s new album, opens with a song called “Bohemian Trapsody.” It has the canned-sounding, slick-but-still-shitty mix of a GarageBand recording. It rides the same three chords for nearly its entire six minutes and forty-five seconds, but tries to trick you into thinking it’s as complex and ambitious as its namesake: a fake drum-n-bass rhythm here, a quasi-gospel...

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