Californication 20 Years Later…

Californication turns 20 today. Hard to believe it was released 20 years ago! RHCP are releasing a special edition vinyl  picture disc of the album in September- pre-order details HERE and there’s a whole range of articles online about the album to celebrate its anniversary. Here are some of them:

SPIN Released article ‘To Live and Die in LA’

Kerrang! A sort of release of an article but with added commentary.

Billboard A couple of paragraphs about the album and then the tracks are ranked in order with comments about each song.

Music Radar have reissued a Rhythm magazine interview with Chad Smith about Californication

Some Early Days RHCP Concert Reviews

I’ve been sent a few scans of early Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concert reviews from The Daily Nexus which was the UC Santa Barbara student newspaper. Enjoy!

1984 October Zany review of a gig at Casa De La Etna- not sure whether due to RHCP, or the interviewer, or both!

1985 October A review of a concert In San Diego

1988 April A review of the band playing at The Pub.

1988 October 13th A very brief news item talking about the band’s earlier gig at the Pub and the fact they were about to appear at the Graduate in IV (Irving?)

1989 January   Review of RHCP doing a surprise four song set at a Thelonius Monster concert.

Many thanks to Hamish at RHCP Sessions for the scans.

Body Parts (Flea’s Body Parts!)

I didn’t have the RHCP book, Body Parts by Grier Govorko, in my collection; it’s out of print and the copies I’ve seen of it have been really expensive. However, my lovely friend in LA saw a second-hand copy in Amoeba and bought it for me! It arrived today. The text is mostly the author describing people and places poetically without any detail of the band, but it contains loads of photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour. And a lot of photos of intimate parts of Flea’s anatomy – hence I think the ‘Body Parts’ title 😀 There is one photo involving a wine glass that has scarred me for life 😛 Obviously, I can’t post ones here involving nudity but I’ve scanned a few photos to show people what the book is like in case they haven’t seen it (hoping that’s OK as the book is out of print). I’ll put some more AK ones on my Anthony Kiedis website. BTW it’s a Dave Navarro era publication so he is the guitarist shown.

Tell me baby, what’s your story?

Fab is a long-time friend of Anthony Kiedis and RHCP. He’s named-checked on the Live in Hyde Park album. He lived in LA with Flea and was close friends with the band in their early days… Anyway, Fab recently sent some photos that he came across while searching for something else to Anthony & Flea of them with his son, Angelo. Flea posted a couple of them on his Instagram account.The photo of him with Angelo had the caption, “Who is the mystery baby?” leading to much speculation as to who the baby was.

Fab responded with the same photo now captioned with, “Who are them mysterious dudes holding my baby?” 🙂

I’m posting them here as they are such sweet pics and to clear up who the baby is as there’s been a lot of debate online and some people didn’t know/have missed the answer (and there’s also a recent one of the, now grown up, baby).

Many thanks to Fab for the extra info & the photos. (Photos used with permission).

Who are the mystery dudes?


Flea, Anthony & Angelo


Angelo & Fab’s paintings of AK and Flea



Record Store Day Performance

Josh Klinghoffer, Chad Smith, and Eric Avery have just performed at Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA as part of Record Store Day. They played three songs.

Many thanks to Angra for these!

There’s a video here of Josh covering T-Rex’s Jeepster.


RHCP in Egypt- Mixed Media

There is loads of stuff obviously so I’m picking out a few things here (There’s a dedicated Anthony Kiedis page on

Photos by FabulosFab; used with kind permission

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Sean Sully has posted loads of photos of the set up on his page: Sound by Sully

RHCP Live 2019: The Pyramids, Cairo

Date: 15th March, 2019

Location: Giza, Cairo, Egypt

Set List:

Thanks to Henrik Lewandowski

Can’t Stop
Fortune Faded
The Zephyr Song
Dani California
Dark Necessities
I wanna Be Your Dog
Right on Time
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Go Robot
Don’t Forget Me
Higher Ground
Under The Bridge
By The Way

Josh’s solo
Goodbye Angels
Give It way

Jump in to about 32 minutes as the livestream started before the concert. You can hear the trumpet but still no visuals- they kick in a couple of minutes later.

Screen shots from livestream:

Site Update: Magazine Scans Added

I’ve added a load of scans- think this is everything I have now. Many thanks to A and Hamish at RHCP Sessions for their donations! Really appreciate them all – loads of very early stuff thanks to Hamish and a more recent one thanks to A.

Transcripts now added for all of the articles.

2008 September People Magazine Article about music various parents are listening to with their children and Anthony Kiedis is featured with Everly Bear.

2002 March Billboard Talking about the MAP drug treatment program (AK treated)

2004 November Heidi Klum’s Body of Knowledge: Extract by Anthony Kiedis from Heidi Klum’s Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior (to Help You Take Off on the Runway of Life), page 185. Published on November 30th, 2004.

2007 January Playgirl (Decent) Photo of Anthony Kiedis

2005 December NME Article about Stadium Arcadium

2002 June Billboard Article about the writing of BTW

August 2018 Popeye (Japan) 856 Article about the Malibu Surfing Colony and Anthony Kiedis is featured in it.

1991 September Billboard Article about the making of BSSM

1993 December Guitar Player Article about Dave Navarro joining RHCP

1996 January Stereo Review Review of One Hot Minute

1996 August Guitar Player Interview with Dave Navarro

2000 September Variety Review of RHCP and Stone Temple Pilots at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine.

1991 November Vox Review of BSSM

2008 August R & R On the road with RHCP

February 2006 Billboard Article about mixing of Californication

1985 December Musician Review of Freaky Styley

1985 January Musician Article about RHCP

1989 December Musician Article about RHCP

1995 December Musician Review of One Hot Minute

2004 September Billboard Article about The Hyde Park concerts- set up and idea, etc.

1985 November Billboard Review of RHCP performing at the Ritz, NYC.

1990 June Billboard Review of RHCP performing at the Ritz, NYC.

1984 November Billboard Review of RHCP performing at the Roxy, LA

1999 December Billboard Article about Californication’s success

1992/04 Radio And Records Under The Bridge advert

2000 November SPIN RHCP Live at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY

1991 October SPIN BSSM review

1995 October SPIN OHM advert

1985 November SPIN Freaky Styley review

1989 July SPIN Antics on the the beach- Flea and Anthony brief responses.

1989 November SPIN  Mother’s Milk review

1992 September Radio and Records Breaking The Girl advert


RHCP Live 2019: Hobart, Tasmania


Date: Sunday 17th February 2019

Location: Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

Notes: There were issues with power. Flea played Pea when the power first started to fail since it had left Josh Klinghoffer unable to play. Power was then lost completely with the band leaving the stage until the issue was sorted. The audience started to sing songs during the break and were singing Soul to Squeeze when power was restored. Josh started to play along with with the crowd singing. (Thanks to Paul Leske for the info & video.)

Update: There’s a Metro article with more info saying that Anthony Kiedis jumped over the amps to get the message through to fans that the power was down.

Set List:


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Can’t Stop

Pea (Flea Solo; played just before all power lost)

Dani California

The Zephyr Song

Dark Necessities

Throw Away Your Television

Search And Destroy


Go Robot

Strip My Mind

Tell Me Baby

Sick Love

Higher Ground

Under The Bridge

By The Way


Goodbye Angels

Give It Away

Credit: Henrik Lewandowski

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