Anthony Kiedis

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Anthony Kiedis  (born November 1, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he has fronted since their inception in 1983.  Kiedis is a co-founder of the band, and has recorded all ten studio albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Kiedis, along with his fellow band members, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.  In 2004, he published his autobiography, titled Scar Tissue, which became a New York Times Best Seller.  (More from Wikipedia)

Jack Irons and Alain Johannes were part of the coterie where the band Red Hot Chili Peppers was born.  RHCP founding members Hillel Slovak (guitar) and Jack Irons (drums) were in a high school band in Los Angeles that was eventually called What Is This?, along with Alain Johannes (vocals) and Todd Strassman (bass).  (The name is taken from the reaction they noticed by many people when they heard the band).  A third founding member of RHCPMichael Balzary, better known as Flea was the bassist in What Is This? for a time, but he later joined the punk rock band Fear (and began making numerous appearances as an actor); also, Anthony Kiedis was serving as a roadie and “hype-man” for What Is This?


In 1983Hillel SlovakJack IronsFlea and Anthony Kiedis came together for what was intended to be a one-time, loose performance at the Rhythm Lounge, billed as Tony Flow and the Majestic Masters of Mayhem.  Although only about 30 people were in attendance, the show was so well received that they returned the following week and eventually put together a six-song demo tape under their new name Red Hot Chili Peppers


In the following year (1985)What Is This? released their only full-length album, What Is This? plus a live EP, 3 out of 5 Live.  After that, What Is This? broke up, and Jack Irons returned to Red Hot Chili Peppers also.  According to Wikipedia, the band’s third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987) is the only Red Hot Chili Peppers album to feature all four original members – Hillel SlovakJack IronsFlea and Anthony Kiedis – on each track. 


(April 2015/1)


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