Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour

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Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour
Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Promotional poster for December 7, 1991
Associated album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Start date January 24, 1991
End date February 24, 1993
Legs 7
Number of shows 145
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology

The Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of their highly successful 1991 breakthrough album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The tour had been the band's biggest in their career at the time. Uncomfortable with the group's growing fame, guitarist John Frusciante, who only after 4 1/2 years of being a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, decided to quit in May 1992. Arik Marshall would replace Frusciante and continue out the remainder of the tour.


After many years of hardcore touring and building up a loyal following, the band finally started to generate more attention with Mother's Milk in 1989. The album brought more television and radio exposure, helping them break through to a much wider audience and garner awareness from major labels. The band was involved in a major bidding war with labels but ultimately decided to sign with Warner Bros. in 1991 to record Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The band and management knew they had a very successful album in their hands and it was evident from the album's first single, "Give It Away" and the even bigger follow-up single, "Under The Bridge". Both singles received heavy airplay on television and radio. Due to the success of these singles, the group began to sell out the majority of their shows. For opening acts at the start of the tour, the Chili Peppers invited up and coming groups such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.These tour dates were landmarks for not only the groups but also for Alternative rock.By year's end all three bands were headlining their own show and dominating television and radio.

At the time the band was riding an all-time high; however, behind the scene, problems between Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante were starting to escalate. The band was invited to perform on Saturday Night Live but after the show, Kiedis accused Frusciante of trying to sabotage the performance by playing different notes and singing off key. Frusciante completely denied this but troubles continued to follow the band for the next few months. Frusciante was also now refusing to support the opening acts such as Nirvana, which at one point he claimed to be a fan of but due to Frusciante's attitude and stubbornness he felt the band wasn't worth his time. Years later Frusciante admitted that he was being immature at the time and regretted how selfish he was towards his band and the opening acts.

By the time the band began the Japan leg, tension had started to manifest itself and stress on the group's relationship with each other had grown incredibly. Things had gotten so bad that Frusciante was beginning to isolate himself from everyone, beginning the road towards his 6-year period of living as a virtual recluse. While on tour, John secluded himself with his then-girlfriend, mainly staying backstage. It was in this period of isolation that he began his problems with drugs, specifically heroin and cocaine, which were unknown to the band at the time. On May 7, 1992, Frusciante informed the manager at the time, Lindy Goetz that he was quitting the band. Goetz informed the rest of the band and they urged Frusciante to play the show that night, which they later called one of their worst ever. The band was forced to cancel the rest of their Japanese leg. The band quickly scrambled and put out calls to various guitarists including Dave Navarro, who was going through the breakup of Jane's Addiction and major drug problems. Navarro turned down the band's offer however he would eventually join the band a year later. The band flew guitarist Zander Schloss out to Australia to audition however after a few days of practicing, the band felt the chemistry just wasn't there and decided to cancel the Australian leg of the tour. In June the band hired Arik Marshall to replace Frusciante. Marshall performed his first show with the band on July 4, 1992 and the entire summer was spent with the band headlining the 1992 Lollapalooza tour which further gave a boost to album sales and only made the band bigger. Marshall finished out the remainder of the tour which included various awards shows and European dates in 1993. Following the tour, the band regrouped and attempted to begin writing for the next album however Marshall was fired due to chemistry problems with the other three members. He was briefly replaced by Jesse Tobias, but his tenure didn't last long. Finally, he was replaced with Dave Navarro in 1993.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Warm-Up Show
January 24, 1991 Los Angeles United States City Hall
February 1, 1991 New York City The China Club
February 8, 1991 Honolulu Aloha Tower
February 9, 1991
April 18, 1991 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
September 27, 1991 Music Machine
North American Leg I
October 16, 1991 Madison United States Oscar Mayer Theater
October 17, 1991 DeKalb Duke Ellington Ballroom
October 19, 1991 Ames Stephens Auditorium
October 20, 1991 Omaha Peony Park
October 22, 1991 Milwaukee Central Park Ballroom
October 23, 1991 East Lansing M.S.U. Auditorium
October 25, 1991 Pittsburgh A. J. Palumbo Center
October 26, 1991 Cleveland Public Auditorium
October 27, 1991 Rochester Auditorium Theatre
October 29, 1991 Toronto Canada Concert Hall
October 30, 1991
November 1, 1991 Boston United States Walter Brown Arena
November 2, 1991 Burlington Memorial Auditorium
November 3, 1991 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
November 5, 1991 Troy Houston Field House
November 7, 1991 Syracuse Landmark Theatre
November 8, 1991 Upper Darby Tower Theater
November 9, 1991 Washington, D.C. Bender Arena
November 11, 1991 New York City Roseland Ballroom
November 12, 1991
November 13, 1991 Warwick Rocky Point Palladium
November 15, 1991 New York City Roseland Ballroom
November 16, 1991
November 17, 1991 State College Rec Hall
November 19, 1991 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
November 20, 1991 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo State Theater
November 22, 1991 Detroit The State Theatre
November 23, 1991
November 24, 1991 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
November 26, 1991 Normal Redbird Arena
November 27, 1991 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
November 29, 1991 Chicago Veterans Memorial
November 30, 1991 St. Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium
December 2, 1991 St. Louis American Theater
December 3, 1991
December 4, 1991 Kansas City Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
December 6, 1991 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
December 7, 1991 Houston The Unicorn
December 8, 1991 Austin City Coliseum
December 11, 1991 Dallas Bronco Bowl
December 12, 1991 Norman Hollywood Theater
December 14, 1991 Denver Denver Coliseum
December 27, 1991 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
December 28, 1991 San Diego O'Brien Pavilion
December 29, 1991 Tempe ASU Activity Center
December 31, 1991 San Francisco MTV Studios
December 31, 1991 Daly City Cow Palace
January 2, 1992 Salem Salem Armory
January 3, 1992 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
January 4, 1992 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
European Leg I
This leg was titled the Less Whores More Museums Tour. April 4 was the final U.S. show with John Frusciante.
February 1, 1992 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
February 2, 1992 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
February 3, 1992
February 11, 1992 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
February 12, 1992 Hamburg Germany Docks
February 13, 1992
February 15, 1992 Brussels Belgium Deinze
February 16, 1992 Paris France Le Zénith
February 22, 1992 New York City United States Saturday Night Live
February 25, 1992 Munich Germany Theaterfabrik
February 26, 1992
February 27, 1992 Frankfurt Kongresshalle
February 29, 1992 Paris France Pavilion Gabriel
March 1, 1992 Milan Italy Palatrussardi
March 4, 1992 Birmingham England Hummingbird
March 5, 1992 Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
March 7, 1992 Dublin Ireland SFX City Theatre
March 8, 1992 Belfast Northern Ireland Ulster Hall
March 10, 1992 Glasgow Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
March 11, 1992 Manchester England Carling Academy
March 13, 1992 London Brixton Academy
March 14, 1992
March 16, 1992 Bielefeld Germany PC69
March 18, 1992 Ludwigsburg Forum Am Schlosspark
March 19, 1992 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
March 20, 1992 Neumarkt Jurahalle
March 22, 1992 Berlin Die Halle
March 25, 1992 Poznań Poland Hala Arena
March 26, 1992 Warsaw 10th-Anniversary Stadium
April 4, 1992 Los Angeles United States Hollywood Palladium
Japanese Leg
On May 7 (following the performance), guitarist John Frusciante quit the band and the remaining two Japanese dates were cancelled. The band attempted to audition Zander Schloss but the chemistry wasn't right and the planned Australian leg, which the band would have played after the Japanese leg, was cancelled.
May 1, 1992 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
May 3, 1992 Osaka Moda Hall
May 4, 1992
May 6, 1992 Nagoya Diamond Hall
May 7, 1992 Saitama Sonic City
May 8, 1992 Tokyo Shibuya Public Hall (CANCELLED)
May 10, 1992 Kyoto Kyoto Memorial Hall (CANCELLED)
North American Leg II - Lollapalooza tour
The band took a brief amount of time off after John Frusciante quit, and hired replacement guitarist Arik Marshall.
July 4, 1992 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
July 5, 1992
July 18, 1992 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 19, 1992
July 21, 1992 Vancouver Canada UBC Field
July 22, 1992 Bremerton United States Kitsap County Fairgrounds
July 25, 1992 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 27, 1992 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
July 28, 1992 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 29, 1992 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 31, 1992 Clarkston Pine Knob Amphitheatre
August 1, 1992
August 2, 1992 Tinley Park World Amphitheater
August 4, 1992 Detroit Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 5, 1992 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
August 7, 1992 Mansfield United States Great Woods
August 8, 1992
August 9, 1992 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 11, 1992
August 12, 1992 Stanhope Waterloo Village
August 14, 1992 Reston Lake Fairfax Park
August 16, 1992 Burgettstown Starlake Amphitheater
August 18, 1992 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheater
August 20, 1992 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
August 22, 1992 Miami Bicentennial Park
August 23, 1992 Orlando Central Fairgrounds
August 25, 1992 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
August 28, 1992 Minneapolis Harriet Island Pavilion
August 29, 1992 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 1, 1992 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
September 4, 1992 New Orleans UNO Soccer Field
September 5, 1992 Houston Ft. Bend County Fairgrounds
September 6, 1992 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
September 8, 1992 Phoenix Desert Sky Pavilion
September 9, 1992 Los Angeles MTV Video Music Awards
September 11, 1992 Irvine Irvine Meadows
September 12, 1992
September 13, 1992
September 27, 1992 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
Australia/New Zealand Leg
October 6, 1992 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
October 7, 1992
October 9, 1992 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
October 10, 1992
October 13, 1992
October 15, 1992 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
October 17, 1992 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
October 20, 1992 Melbourne National Tennis Centre at Flinders Park
October 21, 1992
October 27, 1992 Wellington New Zealand Winter Show Buildings
October 28, 1992 Auckland Mt Smart Stadium Supertop
1993 Shows
The band played their final full show with Arik Marshall on February 9 and their last performance with him was at the 1993 Grammy Awards on February 24 where they were joined onstage by George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars while performing Give It Away. The band was forced to cancel the remainder of the tour due to Flea being forced to rest for 12 months after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Marshall was eventually fired after the tour and his short-term replacement was Jesse Tobias though Dave Navarro, who originally turned down the offer to replace Frusciante suddenly became available so Tobias was fired and Navarro was hired.
January 15, 1993 São Paulo Brazil Hollywood Rock Festival
January 22, 1993 Rio de Janeiro
January 25, 1993 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Obras Sanitarias
January 26, 1993
February 9, 1993 New Orleans United States The Quad
February 24, 1993 Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium
June 25, 1993 Glastonbury England Glastonbury Festival (CANCELLED)
June 26, 1993 Dublin Ireland Dalymount Park (CANCELLED)
July 4, 1993 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival (CANCELLED)
July 5, 1993 Stockholm Sweden Sjöhistoriska museet (CANCELLED)
July 10, 1993 Sankt Goarshausen Germany Bizarre Festival (CANCELLED)
August 14, 1993 Winnipeg Canada Glimby Park (CANCELLED)

Opening acts

Songs performed

Tour overview

Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour was the band's biggest tour at the time and took them across the entire world although the loss of John Frusciante in 1992 nearly halted the band's tour and rise to success but they carried on with Arik Marshall never missing a beat. The tour saw them playing bigger venues than ever before and became one of the most important tours of the Alternative rock era especially due to the opening acts the tour featured such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins who all would eventually be headlining their own arena tours within the next year and even become just as big if not bigger than the Chili Peppers themselves. Arguably the tour's highlight came with a headlining slot on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour which was one of the biggest tours of the summer. The band's setlists featured a heavy dose of the band's first five albums with songs like "Catholic School Girls Rule" getting a one time performance and vanishing from the band's setlist until fourteen years later on the Stadium Arcadium World Tour. Out of the seventeen songs on the album, "Apache Rose Peacock", "The Greeting Song", "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" and "The Righteous & The Wicked" are the only songs to never be performed however they have been teased. "Naked in the Rain" was performed only twice with it being performed once during the 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour' . "Funky Monks" has been performed three times and only once on the Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour. It would not return to the setlist for another fourteen years on the Stadium Arcadium World Tour when a fan requested it during a radio contest. The band performed it once more the following night.

This tour marked the last time "Get up and Jump", "Magic Johnson", "Naked In The Rain", "Party on Your Pussy", "Subway to Venus" and "Thirty Dirty Birds" have been performed live.


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