Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Where Are They Now? (PHOTOS)

Betty Sordo | Dec 3, 2015 Celebrities

In 1983 four students at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles started a rock band. Within 10 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers became one of the most iconic bands of the '90s. They're slated to release an 11th, as-yet-untitled album in 2016, though no exact date has been set. Longtime fans of the band can't wait! 

Through profound tragedy and unprecedented success, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have managed to sell out stadiums for more than three decades. Find out what the band members have been up to since they first hit the top of the charts in the 1990s. 

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  • Anthony Kiedis -- Then


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    Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis, single-handedly launched the tribal tattoo trend of the early '90s. He reached heartthrob status with his high-energy performances, surfer locks, and chiseled body. In his 2004 autobiography, Scar Tissue, Kiedis revealed that he struggled with drug addictions throughout the '80s and '90s. 

  • Anthony Kiedis -- Now


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    Kiedis keeps getting better with age. The singer now attributes his good health to a mostly vegan diet and consistent exercise regimen. He became a father in 2007 when former model Heather Christie gave birth to their son, Everly Bear. Father and son were featured in Marc Jacob's Fall/Winter 2015 ad campaign. Since his 2008 split with Christie, Kiedis has been linked to several models, including Heidi Klum and Helena Vestergaard.

  • Flea -- Then


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    Michael Balzary, better known as Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bass guitarist, was one of the group's original members. His outlandish clothes and innovative sound made him one of rock's most recognizable musicians. 

  • Flea -- Now


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    Since forming the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea's career has skyrocketed. Aside from his work as a musician, he's penning a memoir and has 38 acting roles to his credit. He produced and starred in the 2014 independent film Low Down and was the voice of Mind Worker Cop Jake in the 2015 Pixar film, Inside Out. Clara, his daughter with former wife Loesha Zeviar, has been following her father's footsteps as a musician and actress. He is now married to model Frankie Rayder.

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  • Chad Smith -- Then


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    Chad Smith was raised in Minnesota and had been a drummer for various rock bands before moving to Los Angeles and joining the Chili Peppers. He auditioned for the Chili Peppers when drummer Jack Irons quit the band following the overdose and death of guitarist Hillel Slovak.  

  • Chad Smith -- Now


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    Chad has released seven albums with the Chili Peppers and is widely regarded as one of the most talented drummers in rock. He joined the group Chickenfoot in 2008 and has recorded with countless artists, including the Avett Brothers and the Dixie Chicks. His uncanny resemblance to actor/comedian Will Ferrell spurred both to playfully taunt each other about the phenomena over social media. In 2014, they held a drum-off benefiting the charity Cancer for College, which took place on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

  • John Frusciante -- Then


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    In 1988 following the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak, John Frusciante auditioned for the Chili Peppers. Recognizing his immense talent, they immediately offered him the job. By 1992, John's behavior had become erratic due to his increased drug use. His anxiety peaked following the overwhelming success of the band's 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and he abruptly quit the band.   

  • John Frusciante -- Now


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    After leaving the Chili Peppers in 1992, John developed a crippling heroin addiction and fell into a five-year period of depression and drug abuse. His friends noted his serious decline and urged him to seek help. John entered a rehabilitation treatment program where he was able to successfully recover from his addictions. He rejoined the band in 2002, recording another three albums until his second departure in 2009.

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  • Josh Klinghoffer


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    Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer officially joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2010 following the departure of John Frusciate. He recorded with the group on their 10th album, I'm With You. Josh currently leads his own band, Dot Hacker. Before joining the Chili Peppers, he had worked with Frusciante under the name Ataxia and been a session musician for Gnarles Barkley.


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