Turd Town Tour

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Turd Town Tour
Promotional poster for the tour
Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Start date September 1988
End date December 31, 1988
Legs 1
Shows 22
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology
The Uplift Mofo Party Tour
Turd Town Tour
Mother's Milk Tour
From left to right: Flea, John Frusciante, D.H. Peligro, and Anthony Kiedis.

The Turd Town Tour was a short three-and-a-half-month-long concert tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The tour, which the band considered to be a disaster, was named by the band members who insisted that they play off-the-beaten-path venues in small cow towns. The tour marked the debut of gutiarist John Frusciante, who replaced DeWayne McKnight after three shows, and drummer Chad Smith, who replaced D.H. Peligro at the end of the tour.


Shortly following the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak in June 1988, drummer Jack Irons felt too overcome with grief and his own personal issues to continue with the band. Both Slovak and Irons help form the group in 1983 and both were on their second tenures with the band at the time. The two remaining founding members, singer, Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea decided in honor of Slovak they would again attempt to carry on with the band.

Slovak was replaced by former Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist, DeWayne McKnight while Irons was replaced by former Dead Kennedys drummer, D.H. Peligro. Kiedis briefly went to rehab for thirty days after the lineup was formed and while in rehab minus Kiedis they recorded one song with Flea on lead vocals titled "Blues for Meister" which would later appear on the band's 1994 Out In L.A. album. The band attempted to tour with the lineup however after three shows, McKnight was fired due to chemistry issues. His replacement was 18-year-old guitar prodigy, John Frusciante who was already a huge fan of the band and Slovak was one of his idols was introduced to Kiedis and Flea by Peligro. Frusciante performed his first official show as the band's guitarist on September 17, 1988. With the band feeling at full strength once again they decided to tour and began work writing and rehearsing for the next album although in late November, Peligro too would end up being fired due to his own drug and alcohol problems. Peligro was replaced through auditions in late November 1988 by drummer, Chad Smith, who played a few dates in December to finish out the tour. Early in the following year, Smith, Frusciante, Kiedis and Flea would begin recording their next album, Mother's Milk, which at the time would launch the band to their biggest success. Frusciante remained with the band for another four years before quitting and later re-joining 1998 (and quitting again in 2009) while Smith has been with the band ever since this tour.

The tour was also notable for one of the band's opening acts, No Doubt who in the mid-90s would find massive mainstream success on their own and become one of the biggest bands in the world.

Songs performed[edit]


The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)

Freaky Styley (1985)

The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)

Mother's Milk (1989)

  • "Magic Johnson" (jam without vocals)
  • "Punk Rock Classic"
  • "Stone Cold Bush"
  • "Subway to Venus" (jam without vocals)
  • "Taste the Pain"

Cover songs[edit]

  • "Blitzkreg Bop" (The Ramones)
  • Bulletproof" (George Clinton)
  • "Crosstown Traffic" (Jimi Hendrix)
  • "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" (Black Flag)
  • "Good God" (James Brown)
  • "If You Got Funk, You Got Style" (Parliament Funkadelic)
  • "Mood For Love" (Frank Sinatra) (D.H. Peligro sang lead vocals)
  • "On Broadway" (The Drifters)

Tour overview[edit]

The tour saw the band leaning heavily on their first three albums although after the firing of McKnight and with Frusciante and Peligro on board the band began to write music for their next album, Mother's Milk and three songs from that record, " Punk Rock Classic", "Stone Cold Bush" and Taste the Pain" made their live debuts on the tour along with instrumental jam which eventually became "Subway to Venus". Shortly into the tour and the writing for the album, Peligro was fired as well (he did get writing credits on the album). Peligro's replacement, Chad Smith finished the remainder of the tour and has been with the band ever since.

Opening acts[edit]



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