The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing in Geelong for A Day On The Green next month and we have you covered for all your transportation needs! As the official Melbourne bus hire company for A Day On The Green, we thought it’d be a great idea to remind you all why the Red Hot Chili Peppers are so great. Here are things that everyone should know about The Red Hot Chili Peppers!
1. The singer and bassist are the only two original members
RHCP have been around since 1983 and since their inception has gone through eight different guitarists and four drummers. Frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are the only two original members of the band.
2. Past members have played in other well-known rock groups
From 1993 to 1998, former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro actually played for RHCP after their previous guitarist John Frusciante quite due to his addiction and struggles with heroin. Navarro was fired in 1998 and Frusciante made his return to the band having recovered from his drug habits.
He stayed in the band until his decision to depart in 2009. Founding member and drummer, Jack Irons, was asked to play the drums for the band Mookie Blaylock – which later became Pearl Jam – but was committed to his other band at the time. He did still end up playing the drums for Pearl jam from 1994 to 1998, playing on two of their albums as well as their Neil Young collaboration album Mirrorball.
3. Their drummer looks like Will Ferrell
Their current drummer Chad Smith – who has been with them since 1988 – looks remarkably like comedy actor Will Ferrell. This joke has gained so much traction that the two of them actually went onto The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon dressed identically and had a drum-off against each other.
4. They only played one show during 1997
Due to various drug issues with band members, the band only scheduled one concert for the entire year of 1997. They only played eight songs at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan before the concert was cancelled due to a typhoon.
5. They’re Hall of Famers
In 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by comedian and actor Chris Rock. Past members Cliff Martinez and Jack Irons joined the current line-up on stage for the acceptance as well as Jamie Slovak, the brother of the late Hillel Slovak who was a founding member but passed away in 1988. The band have sold over 60 million albums all over the world.
6. Flea’s a local boy!
It’s true! Founding member and current bassist Flea was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1962.
7. Their first ever concert was a little different…
Their first ever concert was a little different from how they perform today. Playing under the name ‘Tony Flow and the Majestic Masters of Mayhem’ they played a variety of improvised music in addition to Kiedis reading a poem titled ‘Out in L.A’.
8. Part of their third album budget was used for drugs
It’s no secret that almost all of the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had drug problems at one point or another. But in 1986 when they were recording their third album ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan’, $2000 of the $5000 budget was put aside exclusively for heroin and cocaine. That’s almost half of the budget for that album.
9. Socks on what?
During a show on their 1983 tour, they came out on stage wearing nothing but white tube socks over their genitals. This became a trademark and something that they repeated over the next few years.
10. A legendary band line-up
During the 1991 tour for their popular album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were launched into fame and began selling out stadiums. They decided to take grunge bands Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins with them for the tour. After problems arose in the Smashing Pumpkins, they departed the tour, leaving a spot open that was later filled by Nirvana. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Nirvana played a handful of shows together towards the end of that tour.
Need bus hire for the Melbourne concert?
Melbourne On The Move specialises in Melbourne bus hire services to and from events. If you’re heading to the Red Hot Chili Peppers show on the 2nd of March at the Mt. Duneed Estate in Geelong then you’ll want to organise transportation to and from with the official A Day On The Green bus hire company. It’s a good idea to organise bus hire from Melbourne to Geelong in advance so you’re not worrying about transportation as the show gets closer.
If you have any questions regarding our Melbourne bus hire services or the for the show then please do not hesitate to call us on 1300 55 86 86 or get in touch with us through our website.