July 17, 1988 |
"It's the worst thing that ever happened to me," says Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of Los Angeles' most colorful and energetic rock groups. "He's been my friend since I was 12 and now he's dead because of heroin." Flea was speaking about the recent, apparent overdose death of Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, 25. "The saddest thing is that you could call up the guys who sold him the stuff that killed him and they'd be happy to sell you (some more)," Flea continued.
November 5, 1989 |
The sharpest hook on the fourth LP by Los Angeles' newly reconstituted Pep Boys--dedicated to the group's late guitarist Hillel Slovak--is the sound of Anthony Kiedis singin' Sly-ly, "If you see me gettin' high, knock me down," on the song "Knock Me Down." That tune, and the w-i-l-double-d mamma-slamma-jamma-splunka-punk-funk of "Magic Johnson" might burn the brightest, buds, but the rest of this largely thrashin' LP is pretty solid smoke too.
September 20, 1995 |
On still, late summer days, the Happy Malaga Castle regally surveys its quiet residential street in central Hollywood, looking so virtuous in the glistening sun one can almost believe it isn't hiding a past as sordid as that of any true Hollywood survivor. My first introduction to the Castle was on a hot August morning in 1987, just after a man had stabbed his wife to death in the hallway of the east wing.
August 7, 1988 |
It's become something of a ritual in our society--after a celebrity reaches rock bottom, they go detox, kick their nasty habits, lose 60 pounds, make a comeback (film/album) and sign a six-figure book deal for their autobiography. Who's the latest? None other than fallen pop idol David Crosby. He's cleaned up his act, is hard at work on a comeback album (for A&M Records) and will release his memoirs in October, courtesy of Doubleday Books.
March 21, 2001 |
As usual, John Frusciante was supported by the other three Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performed at the Roxy on Monday. But Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith--who welcomed the guitarist back to the band in 1998 after a five-year, addiction-forced absence--weren't on stage.