Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers Members Throughout the Years
Formed in 1983 by Anthony Kiedis, Michael "Flea" Balzary, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were intended to be a one-off side project for Slovak and Irons, who were focused on their other band, What Is This?
But as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' energetic performances and original punk-funk sound gained them popularity throughout Los Angeles, labels began taking notice, and the band signed with EMI months after their first show.
Since then, the band has gone through a myriad of lineup changes due to personal differences, drug abuse and the unfortunate death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died from an overdose in 1988.
With the exception of Kiedis' brief hiatus in 1986, he and bassist Flea have been the only constant presences throughout the band's history. Various guitarists and drummers have had brief stints in the group. Guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith have held the longest tenures, with Smith's reign behind the drum kit in its 23rd year.
And while Frusciante is often considered the fan-favorite guitar player, he has on multiple occasions left the band to pursue solo projects. Frusciante is resigned from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, having been replaced by Josh Klinghoffer.
The band's latest album, I'm With You, is set to be released on August 30.
Hillel Slovak: Guitar
Years active: 1983; 1985-88
Contributions: Freaky Styley, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, The Abbey Road E.P.
Dave Navarro: Guitar
Years active: 1993-98
Contributions: One Hot Minute
Jack Irons: Drums
Years active: 1983; 1986-88
Contributions: The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, The Abbey Road E.P.
Jack Sherman: Guitar
Years active: 1983-85
Contributions: The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dewayne McKnight: Guitar
Years active: 1988
Jesse Tobias: Guitar
Years active: 1993
Cliff Martinez (far right): Drums
Years active: 1983-86
Contributions: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Abbey Road E.P.
Zander Schloss: Guitar
Years active: 1992
D.H. Peligro: Drums
Years active: 1988
Arik Marshall: Guitar
Years active: 1992-93
John Frusciante: Guitar
Years active: 1988-92; 1998-09
Contributions: Mother's Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, By the Way, Stadium Arcadium
Josh Klinghoffer: Guitar
Years active: 2009 - Present
Contributions: I'm With You
Chad Smith: Drums
Years active: 1988 - Present
Contributions: All releases from Mother's Milk onward
Anthony Kiedis: Vocals
Years active: 1983-86; 86 - Present
Contributions: All Red Hot Chili Pepper Releases
Michael "Flea" Balzary: Bass
Years active: 1983 - Present
Contributions: All Red Hot Chili Peppers releases