Red Hot Chili Peppers Land Second No. 1 Debut with ‘Unlimited Love’ Ahead of Summer Global Stadium Tour


Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

For the second time in their illustrious career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 thanks to the global success of Unlimited Love, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers‘ brand new album released on April 1.

Marking the return of guitarist John Frusciante, the record debuted atop the charts in the United States, the UK, Ireland, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and beyond, making it their second No. 1 debut in history (the first, notably, was 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, the most recent record with Frusciante before this new one).

Anticipation for Unlimited Love was unprecedented, especially after the prolonged length of time between the late 2019 announcement of Frusciante’s return to the album’s awaited release. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the Chili Peppers’ planned rollout of new activity and festival tour dates, a gap that only increased excitement for new music from the band.

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“Black Summer” was the debut single released from Unlimited Love, a typically anthemic track from the band that reintroduced Frusciante to the masses:

As an album, Unlimited Love finds the Red Hot Chili Peppers reinvigorated by Frusciante’s presence, their vitality shining through on 17 songs that aren’t afraid to mix it up a bit and take unexpected directional shifts, which the band does on single “These Are The Ways”:

More on the album, from our extensive Unlimited Love record review:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of those acts whose music takes you somewhere. Maybe it’s memories of driving down the Pacific Coast Highway under the sun to “Dani California.” Maybe it’s a flashback to the summer of 1992, skateboarding down the block with your friends. Perhaps it’s riding in the car on your way to school, “Scar Tissue” playing on the local adult contemporary/pop radio station.

The journey of Unlimited Love is one of renewed passion and vigor, Frusciante’s return clearly injecting new life into the band’s creative well. While it may be a few tracks too long, it’s hard to knock the effort.

The band has a huge global world tour coming up this summer and beyond, but not before the album was commemorated with a special intimate gig at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood that took place on the night of the album’s unveiling. Thanks to fan-captured footage, you can relive the show and see Frusciante’s first public gig with the band since 2007:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back, and better than ever.

Catch them on their global world tour in the months ahead:

Europe

Sat Jun 04 – Seville, Spain – Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla=
Tue Jun 07 – Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olimpic=
Fri Jun 10 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Goffertpark=
Wed Jun 15 – Budapest, Hungary – Puskas Stadium=
Sat Jun 18 – Firenze, Italy – Firenze Rocks (festival date)
Wed Jun 22 – Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford=
Sat Jun 25 – London, UK – London Stadium~
Wed Jun 29 – Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park~
Fri Jul 01 – Glasgow, UK – Bellahouston Park~
Sun Jul 03 – Leuven, Belgium – Rock Werchter (festival date)
Tue Jul 05 – Cologne, Germany – RheinEnergieStadium=
Fri Jul 08 – Paris, France – Stade de France~
Tue Jul 12 – Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion=

North America

Sat Jul 23 – Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High*
Wed Jul 27 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*
Fri Jul 29 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium+
Sun Jul 31 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium+
Wed Aug 03 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park^
Sat Aug 06 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium^^
Wed Aug 10 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park^
Fri Aug 12 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium^
Sun Aug 14 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park^
Wed Aug 17 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium^
Fri Aug 19 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field^
Sun Aug 21 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre^
Tue Aug 30 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium^
Thu Sep 01 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium^
Sat Sep 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park^
Thu Sep 08 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park^
Sat Sep 10 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park# (on sale date TBA)
Thu Sep 15 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium^
Sun Sep 18 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field^

=with special guests A$AP Rocky and Thundercat
~with special guests Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat
*with special guests HAIM and Thundercat
+with special guests Beck and Thundercat
^with special guests The Strokes and Thundercat
^^with special guests The Strokes and King Princess
#with special guests St. Vincent and Thundercat



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