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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative / funk rock band . The band started in 1983 in Los Angeles , California . The state of California has been a theme in many of their songs. The members of the band are singer Anthony Kiedis , bass guitarist Flea , guitarist John Frusciante , and drummer Chad Smith .

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released nine studio albums . Their early albums were not very successful. The band's membership changed several times during the 1980s, but Kiedis and Flea have been with the band since it started. When Frusciante and Smith joined in 1989, Red Hot Chili Peppers' next album, Mother's Milk , was successful. It was the band's first album to appear on the Billboard music chart . While Red Hot Chili Peppers were on tour in 1992 after their fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik , Frusciante left the band because of a drug addiction .

Dave Navarro became the new guitarist after Frusciante. Navarro and the other members of Red Hot Chili Peppers did not work together very well. Navarro was asked to leave the band in 1998, after one album. At this time, Frusciante had been making albums by himself. He was also suffering from a heroin addiction . When he was feeling better, Flea asked him to join Red Hot Chili Peppers again and Frusciante said yes.