Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Initially formed for a singular performance, the Red Hot Chili Peppers was formed by high school friends Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Jack Irons. Slovak and Irons often rotated in and out of the group in its early years, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers releasing the funk-inspired, George Clinton-produced Freaky Styley in 1985. Following tour dates in promotion of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan in 1987, Slovak died of a heroin overdose and Irons left the band distraught. Slovak was replaced by John Frusciante and, despite the success of the 1989 album Mother's Milk still struggled to find a funk-influenced mainstream sound. Producer Rick Rubin would help them find this elusive style on their hit 1991album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which rose to the top of the charts and won a grammy for "Give It Away." The album launched the Red Hot Chili Peppers into superstardom, which eventually gave way to numerous international tour dates and led to Frusciante temporarily leaving the band.
Frusciante would return to the fold upon the release of Californication in 1999. The album won yet another Grammy for "Scar Tissue" and cemented the Red Hot Chili Peppers' labels as rock stars. The band toured for nearly two years after the album's release, including an infamously disastrous tour date at Woodstock 1999. The Red Hot Chili Peppers continued to release the hit albums By the Way and Stadium Arcadium before going on hiatus in 2008. Frusciante didn't make it out the other side of the hiatus and left to focus on his solo career.
Despite the loss of the beloved member, fans are still excited about the release of I'm with You on August 30. Fans in Europe and South America are excited about upcoming tour dates in 2011 on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You Tour. Beginning on August 9, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a few concert dates in Hong Kong and Japan before heading to South America on September 11. South American tour dates will end on September 24, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will travel to Europe on October 7. After extensive concert dates in Europe, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will conclude their 2011 tour dates on December 17 in Madrid. With their latest album bound to be a hit, don't miss this opportunity to visit the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates in 2011.
Janelle Monae: Janelle Monae is gettin' fans hot and bothered with her syncretic blend of funk, rock, pop, and soul.
Janelle Monae hails from Kansas City and always desired to become a singer, dancer, and above all - a great performer. She soon moved to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, but quickly realized that her passion lay with music. She would find her place in Atlanta, and after a chance meeting with Big Boi of Outkast, Monae would gain exposure to the industry. She was featured in the Outkast conceived film, "Idlewild", and was soon introduced to Sean Combs of Bad Boy Records. Puffy knows talent when he sees it and he was immediately impressed with Monae, her vocal ability, and her essence. Unlike other artists on his label, Combs wanted to preserve her style and promote her organically; Combs stated that "she was already moving, she already had her records - she had a self-contained movement" by the time he signed her in 2006.
With a record deal under her belt, Monae set out to produce her music, her way. She envisioned a concept album centered around the story of an android named Cindi, who is a messiah of sorts, sent to free her world. What Monae created in the studio ended up being the first of a series of EP's entitled "Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase)". The EP was released and garnered the funkstress a Grammy nod for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" for the single "Many Moons". While she didn't win, it was great exposure for her music. During 2009, Janelle Monae concert dates where scheduled at several festivals and individual shows. Janelle Monae tour dates were also booked in the opening slot for No Doubt on their summer tour. All the while, she was recording her debut LP, "The ArchAndroid".
The debut represents suite II and III of her android concept, and was released to critical appreciation in May, 2010. The album featured the lead-off single, "Tightrope", which featured a cameo by Big Boi, a dance heavy video, and most importantly Monae's soulful and funky vocals. For the album, Monae received ASCAP's Vanguard Award and she was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2011. Monae performed her single at the Grammy ceremony alongside B.o.B. and Bruno Mars, where she received a standing ovation. Janelle Monae tour dates were booked on Erykah Badu's "Out My Mind, Just in Time Tour" in 2010 and she booked performances on David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, and Carson Daly.
After extensive touring, Janelle released her third album, The Electric Lady. The most common word used by critics to describe the album was "epic", and showcased a futuristic dance sound that astounded most critics. The popularity of the album with fans prompted even more tour dates, as well as anticipation to see what Monae will innovate next.