On Thursday (March 31st), Red Hot Chili Peppers were awarded the 2,717th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame — the day before they released their new album, Unlimited Love. The band’s star sits in the second row at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent to the Amoeba Records location on the south side of the street. People.com reported bassist Flea said at the star’s unveiling, “I know this street inside out, and this street knows me. And whenever we’ve traveled around the world, this street has always been a part of me. I’m really grateful that now we can be a part of it.”
Frontman Anthony Kiedis licked the star and saluted his bandmates: “To me, this is not a story of individuals. I love Chad (Smith), I love Flea, I love John (Frusciante), greatly. They are amazingly talented. Something happens when we come together which is much greater than the individual parts. The sum total of our parts is that we were able to find something that we love doing and communicate with the entire world.”
Drummer Chad Smith made a point of thanking all the previous members of the Chili Peppers who contributed to the band’s journey and offered a loving shout-out to late Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
Joining the band and saluting them during the honors were one-time producer and friend George Clinton, actor Woody Harellson, and musician Bob Forrest. That night, Clinton appeared with the band at their album release party at L.A.’s Fonda Theater and took the stage with them during “Give It Away.” Chad Smith’s drumhead featured the outline of a bird with the word “Taylor” printed within its body saluting Taylor Hawkins.
On Friday night (April 1st) as part of the clever late night wars’ “April Fool’s” joke — rival hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon switched shows — and networks — with both presenting performances from the Chili Peppers. The band played “These Are The Ways” on ABC’s Live With Jimmy Kimmel and “Black Summer” on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Both programs featured drumheads saluting Taylor Hawkins with the Fallon show spotlighting the Chili Peppers’ logo with the word “Taylor” printed inside.
Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off their 2022 tour dates on June 4th Seville, Spain at Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla.
CHECK IT OUT: Red Hot Chili Peppers on March 31st, 2022 receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
CHECK IT OUT: Red Hot Chili Peppers with George Clinton on April 1st, 2022 performing “Give It Away” live at L.A.’s Fonda Theater:
CHECK IT OUT: Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 1st, 2022 performing “These Are The Ways” ABC’sLive With Kimmel:
CHECK IT OUT: Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 1st, 2022 performing “Black Summer” live on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon: