RHCP 4/12/22

As expected, the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ new album, Unlimited Love, debuted this week at Number One, marking the band’s first chart-topper since 2006’s Stadium ArcadiumBillboard reported, the album, “bows with 97,500 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 7th, according to Luminate. . .  Of Unlimited Love’s 97,500 equivalent album units earned, album sales comprise 82,500 (it’s the top-selling album of the week); SEA units comprise 14,500 (equaling 18.96 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs); and TEA units comprise 500.”

Unlimited Love marks the return of guitarist John Frusciante, who leaft the band in 2009. Heroin addiction originally took Frusciante out of action in 1993, but he rejoined the Peppers six years later, playing on 1999’s massively successful Californication and 2002’s By The Way. He left again after 2009’s Stadium Arcadium, making some 14 studio LP’s during an eclectic solo run.

Drummer Chad Smith told us a while back that he never imagined that his career would go as far as it has: [“Never in my wildest dreams if you had come up to me and said, ‘Hey, y’know, you’re gonna move to California and join the Chili Peppers and then 25 years later you’re gonna be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you’re gonna sell millions of records and travel all over the world and blah blah blah blah blah. . .’ I’d have just said, ‘You are hiiiiiigh.’ I can’t really comprehend it too much.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . it too much)

The key to the Chili Peppers remains the bond shared by frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea. Not too long ago we asked Kiedis to sum up what it is about his friendship with Flea that has inspired all this incredible music: [“Oh, I don’t know because I’m a little too deeply in the forest to really see the trees like that. I can tell you how it hasn’t changed. We still love each other with all of our hearts. Like with any long-term, intimately close friendship like that, you have a lot of highs and lows and this is just one of those marriages that persists.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . marriages that persists)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers North American dates tour dates (subject to change):
    July 23 – Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High (with HAIM and Thundercat)
    July 27 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park (with HAIM and Thundercat)
    July 29 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (with Beck and Thundercat)
    July 31 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium (with Beck and Thundercat)
    August 3 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 6 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium (with The Strokes and King Princess)
    August 10 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 12 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 14 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 17 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 19 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 21 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    August 30 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    September 1 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    September 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    September 8 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    September 10 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park (with St. Vincent and Thundercat)
    September 15 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
    September 18 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)

TL; DR

  • The latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Unlimited Love, debuted this week at Number One, marking the band’s first chart-topper since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.

FAST FACTS

Red Hot Chili Peppers Billboard 200 chart placings: 1984-2022:

  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers – 1984 (#201)
  • Freaky Styley – 1975 (did not chart)
  • The Uplift Mofo Party Plan – 1987 (#148)
  • Mother’s Milk – 1989 (#52)
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik – 1991 (#3)
  • One Hot Minute – 1995 (#4)
  • Californication – 1999 (#3)
  • By The Way – 2002 (#2)
  • Stadium Arcadium – 2006 (#1)
  • I’m With You – 2011 (#2)
  • The Getaway – 2016 (#2)
  • Unlimited Love – 2022 (#1)