Red Hot Chili Peppers 1998 Tour
|Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Promotional poster for the final three dates of the tour
|Start date||June 5, 1998|
|End date||September 20, 1998|
|Number of shows||14|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology|
The Red Hot Chili Peppers 1998 Tour was a concert tour by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The fourteen date tour was a short trip through the United States and marked the official return of guitarist, John Frusciante who after six years rejoined the band on April 29, 1998 replacing a recently fired Dave Navarro.
John Frusciante decided that he was fed up with touring, wanted no part of being in a mainstream rock band, performing in arenas. Throughout his final shows on the band's hugely successful Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour, Frusciante would constantly try and sabotage the band's shows by messing up his guitar parts and vocals (something he claimed years later of not doing). This caused bad blood between Frusicante and singer Anthony Kiedis who were once very close. In May 1992 Frusciante suddenly quit the band while in Japan. The band quickly scrambled to find his replacement, Arik Marshall in time for their summer headlining slot at Lollapalooza and for the remainder of the tour into 1993. Following the tour, Marshall was fired and briefly replaced by Jesse Tobias who was quickly fired and replaced in September 1993 by Dave Navarro, who was originally contacted in 1992 following Frusciante's departure but turned down the opportunity. After almost five up and down years with the band and one album, 1995's One Hot Minute, Navarro was fired in early 1998.
Following Navarro's firing, Flea said the only way he could picture the band going forward was with Frusciante back in the band. Since leaving the band in 1992, Frusciante became a major heroin junkie and appeared to be near death many times. He was still in rehab when Flea asked him to rejoin, which made Frusciante tear up with joy. Kiedis and Frusciante were also able to quickly patch up their personal problems.
With Frusciante back in the band for the first time in six years, the Chili Peppers struck out on a small mini-tour. The band performed their first show with Frusciante at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC and a day later performed a three song set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in DC where the band was expected to play longer however due to weather problems their set was completely cut. Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder said his band would cut their set short to allow the Chili Peppers to play. The tour would feature the band's first performances of songs from their upcoming album, 1999's Californication.
The tour marked the live debut of "Soul to Squeeze" which had never been performed prior to that despite being a hit single in 1993 and one of their most popular songs. Frusciante had already left the band when the song was released as a single, although he performs on the studio version. "Blackeyed Blonde", "I Could Have Lied", "Skinny Sweaty Man" and "Yertle the Turtle" were all performed for the first time since 1992. Songs such as "Emit Remmus", "I Like Dirt", "Parallel Universe" and "Scar Tissue" from the band's upcoming album, Californication made their live debuts along with album outtake, "Bunker Hill", a song that would not be released until 2003 as a b-side to their single, "Fortune Faded".
This tour marked the last time "Bunker Hill", "Funky Crime" and "Love Trilogy" were performed live. The tour also would be the last to feature Anthony playing guitar over the guitar solos in Give it Away.
- Flea – bass, backing vocals
- John Frusciante – guitar, backing vocals
- Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals, backing guitar on "Give It Away"
- Chad Smith – drums