Red Hot Chili Peppers 1983 Tour

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 1983 Tour
Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Promotional flyer for the April 13, 1983. This was the band's third show under the Red Hot Chili Peppers name.
Start date February 13, 1983
End date November 7, 1983
Legs 1
No. of shows 24
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology

The Red Hot Chili Peppers 1983 Tour was the first-ever concert tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Originally formed as a joke band called "Tony Flow And The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem" by bassist Flea, guitarist, Hillel Slovak and drummer, Jack Irons, all friends from high school. They asked fellow high school friend, Anthony Kiedis to join them onstage for their first-ever show at the Hollywood, California venue known as The Rhythm Lounge. Kiedis had previously been a MC to introduce his friend's former bands. However, this time Kiedis was asked to sing. With one song, a made-up rap Kiedis created called "Out In L.A.", the band took to the stage as an opening act for Neighbor's Voices. The club owner was so impressed by their performance he told them to return the following week with another song. The band quickly wrote "Get Up and Jump" and played it at that second show. In early March 1983 the band made the name change to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band first made a name for themselves on their local club scene when they played the famous Kit Kat Club by doing their now famous socks on cocks routine (this would become a trademark for the band and something they would do on occasion for many years). After this performance, Lindy Goetz decided to be their manager, a role he would hold until 1999. The 1983 tour consisted of shows mostly in the band's homestate of California except for one show in Nevada. A 10-song demo tape was recorded with Spit Stix, drummer for the punk band Fear, which Flea was briefly with.

Following the brief tour, the band was signed to record label EMI in late 1983 although two weeks earlier Slovak and Irons other band, What Is This? was also signed to a record deal with MCA Records. Slovak and Irons decided to split from the Chili Peppers, a band the duo still considered only a side project. Slovak was replaced by Jack Sherman while Irons was replaced by Cliff Martinez.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City State Venue
February 13, 1983 Hollywood California Rhythm Lounge
February 20, 1983
March 30, 1983 Cathay de Grande
April ?, 1983 Rhythm Lounge
April 13, 1983 The Anti-Club
May ?, 1983 Cathay de Grande
May 28, 1983 Fiesta House
June ?, 1983 The Anti-Club
June ?, 1983 The Mix
June 3, 1983 Kit Kat Club
June 4, 1983 Music Machine
June 18, 1983 Club Lingerie
June 25, 1983 Music Machine
July 31, 1983 Al's Bar
August 4, 1983 Ventura The Plant
August 17, 1983 Universal City Universal Amphitheater
September ?, 1983 Hollywood Club Lingerie
September 10, 1983 Kit Kat Club
October ?, 1983 Aspen Colorado The Paradise Theater
October ?, 1983 Hollywood California Cathay de Grande
October ?, 1983 Irvine The Heritage Room
October 29, 1983 Ventura The Plant
November ?, 1983 Costa Mesa The Concert Factory
November 7, 1983 Hollywood Club Lingerie

Songs performed[edit]

Originals[edit]

Song Album
"Baby Appeal" The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)
"Get Up and Jump"
"Green Heaven"
"Out in L.A."
"Police Helicopter"
"Nevermind" Freaky Styley (1985)
"Sex Rap"
"Fire" (Jimi Hendrix) The Abbey Road E.P. (1988)
"Flea Fly" Out in L.A. (1994)
"Stranded"
"Dum Chuck A Willie" Unreleased

Cover songs[edit]

Song Artist
"She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" Traditional

Tour overview[edit]

"Nevermind" and "Sex Rap" both made their live debuts on this tour, having been recorded for the band's 1983 demo tape. They would not be recorded for the band's first album, however, and instead be released the band's second album, 1985's Freaky Styley. The cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic, "Fire" would go on to be a live staple in the band's setlists on almost every tour and would eventually be recorded in 1985 and first released on the 1987 "Fight Like A Brave" single along with a remixed version that appeared on The Abbey Road E.P. and Mother's Milk. "Dum Chuck A Willie" was released on a CD which Hillel Slovak's brother James Slovak gave away with purchases from his now defunct website CrushGroove. This version was a demo from his own copy of the band's demo tape.

This tour marked the last time "Dum Chuck A Willie" and "Flea Fly" were performed live, although the band would spontaneously sing them (as well as the unreleased song "Bone" and "Stranded") in interviews well until the early 90s.

Tour bands[edit]

Bands that the Chili Peppers opened for, were supported by or performed with.

Personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

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