CHILLIN’ IN HOLLYWOOD

SoCal icons Red Hot Chili Peppers will receive long-awaited star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 31, with guests George Clinton and Woody Harrelson to honor L.A.’s hometown heroes.

It’s been 40 years in the making, and now, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are are leaving their mark on Hollywood—literally—with an official Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard.

The Walk of Fame ceremony is being held on March 31, the day before the Chili Peppers’ new album, Unlimited Love, is due out (April 1). Coincidently, funk legend George Clinton, who produced the Hollywood band’s second album, Freaky Styley, will be presenting the star at the ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Amoeba Records.

RHCP band members, including singer-songwriter Anthony Kiedis, bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, guitarist John Frusciante, and drummer Chad Smith, will be honored with the 2,717th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Famous fan Woody Harrelson is also set to appear at the ceremony to salute the iconic musicians. Bob Forrest, the former frontman of L.A. band Thelonious Monster, is a longtime friend of the band and occasional collaborator who will also be on hand to say a few words.

“Our hometown Hollywood boys are finally coming to collect their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” says Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. “We have been waiting for them to break away from their busy schedules to dedicate their star, and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Walk of Fame family.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are not only one of the best-selling acts in music history, but also one of the biggest streaming rock bands in the world today and former Coachella headliners. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, the award-winning Los Angeles quartet have won six Grammys, sold 80 million albums, generated five billion YouTube views, and gathered 22 billion Spotify streams, averaging 21 million monthly listeners on the platform.

Packed with timeless classics like “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge,” and “Breaking the Girl,” the Chili Peppers’ breakthrough diamond-certified album Blood Sugar Sex Magik celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021.

Now the band’s seminal lineup returns with a new studio album, Unlimited Love, on April 1. The album notably marks their first recording with Frusciante since 2006 and first with producer and longtime collaborator Rick Rubin since 2011.

Kiedis and company have already released three singles from Unlimited Love, and, of course, they’re all stellar and prove the legendary group is still making better music than any contemporary band. Need proof? Check out RHCP’s latest video for, ”Black Summer,” below.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are preparing for the band’s first-ever headlining stadium tour, a 50-city global jaunt launching this summer.

Fans who can’t make it to the free Hollywood ceremony can watch the event live online, here.

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