August 13, 2012 |
"Hello L.A., my beautiful home, my beautiful home!" The words were heartfelt and unsurprising from Flea (nee Michael Balzary), spoken Sunday with intense passion by the acclaimed bassist at the second of two sold-out nights at Staples Center with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It is all part of the band's life mission, which was never just musical, but also remains an endless celebration of the city and punk-rock scene that birthed them in the early 1980s. PHOTOS: Red Hot Chili Peppers return to Los Angeles FOR THE RECORD: Red Hot Chili Peppers: In the Aug. 14 Calendar section, a review of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert at Staples Center said that the band performed "My Friends.
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.
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.
August 23, 1992 |
After nearly destroying many of rock's most creative figures in the '60s, heroin generally went out of style in the '70s and early '80s. But an alarming number of today's alternative and hard-rock musicians have acknowledged using the narcotic in recent years. They range from Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis to Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen and rock's newest parents, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Hole's Courtney Love.