When the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers stormed onto the music scene within the ’80s, they had been a bunch of funky punks who may each rock and rap. The wild boys — who didn’t appear to personal a shirt between them — had been a rowdy novelty who had been half Iggy Pop, half George Clinton, half Grandmaster Flash.
To many, although, they had been finally a gimmicky get together band — recognized for performing with nothing however tube socks over their junk — that was to not be taken too significantly. And there was at all times the sense that they could crash and burn from their very own exhausting partying: In actual fact, authentic guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988.
However someway, towards all odds, the Chili Peppers made it by to the “Otherside.” And 38 years after releasing their self-titled debut, the quartet will be honored with the Global Icon Award when the MTV Video Music Awards happen on the Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday. Add that to their lengthy record of laurels, which incorporates eight different VMAs (together with the coveted Video Vanguard Award in 2000), six Grammys and a 2012 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Significantly, who would have ever thought that the Chili Peppers would find yourself being a slam-dunk to make the rock corridor approach again when?
The International Icon Award comes as they’re nonetheless filling stadiums on their “Unlimited Love” tour — which takes its title from their newest album — whereas the dynamic duo of frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are each turning 60 in a pair months.
Once I noticed them earlier this month at MetLife Stadium, it was clear that their fan base transcended generations in addition to genres with everybody from hipsters to prepsters. And even when they’re now changing into elder statesmen of rock, Kiedis and Flea nonetheless have a disdain for shirts — and so they can each nonetheless pull off the bare-torso look.
As I used to be watching the Chili Peppers being embraced by each O.G. followers and their youngsters, I used to be additionally struck by the truth that few different rock bands may fill a stadium today. It’s a reasonably brief record: Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Foo Fighters (after they hopefully come again from drummer Taylor Hawkins’ death).
At a time when rock has seen much better days, the Chili Peppers introduced a welcome jolt to the style after they launched “Limitless Love” — their first album since 2016 — this previous April. And so they’re exhibiting no indicators of slowing down, releasing their second LP of 2022, “Return of the Dream Canteen,” on Oct. 14.
Each albums discover guitar hero John Frusciante returning to this band of bros after quitting the group for the second time in 2009. Little question, he has introduced richer melodies and musicality to the Chili Peppers since first becoming a member of them for his or her 1991 traditional “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
And as these unlikely icons carry on rocking on the VMAs on Sunday, right here’s hoping that they’ll’t cease.