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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Sickened by CIA Torture Reports

The names of several harder-edged bands have surfaced over the years as having music being used by the CIA to break down terror suspects, but it was a little bit surprising last week when a new report revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used on loop as a tactic by the CIA.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Reportedly Used by CIA to Torture Guantanamo Bay Detainees

A new report from Al Jazeera suggests that the CIA once used Chili Peppers to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and we're not talking the spicy tongue-burning kind. The report states that a U.S. official confirmed that Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used to break prisoners.

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That Will Ferrell / Chad Smith Drum Contest Is Really Happening

Last week, actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith exchanged a couple jokey videos that acknowledged that, after years of speculation, they are indeed the same person. It all ended with Smith challenging Ferrell to a drum contest. “Drum battle, me and you," he wrote. "I’ve seen your skills, you don’t got ‘em. Let’s go. Golden cowbell — winner.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea Responds to Super Bowl Controversy

Red Hot Chili Peppers just performed on one of the biggest stages in the world, playing the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Bruno Mars. But the performance has drawn some criticism as it was visibly noticeable that bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were performing without their instruments plugged in.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Unplugged
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Were ‘Unplugged’ for Super Bowl Halftime Show — Rock Fail

You'd expect more from a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, but it looks like Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Josh Klinghoffer didn't even play their instruments live during the Super Bowl halftime show. Lame.

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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers / Mars Volta Members Launch New Project Kimono Kult

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and At the Drive-In / Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have teamed up to create the new project Kimono Kult. Both eccentric musicians have put out some odd forms of rock in the past, and from what we've learned about Kimono Kult, it has the potential to out-weird them all.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Kiedis / Photo by Anne Erickson
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Kiedis / Photo by Anne Erickson
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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Brawls with Security Guards [Video]

Earlier today (June 21), Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis got into a brawl with two security guards outside the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia. Even more interesting, it wasn't even hotel security that Kiedis had the confrontation with -- they were apparently bodyguards for the Rolling Stones, who were also staying in the same hotel.

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Metallica Tap Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones + More for 2013 Orion Festival

Metallica started 2013 in a big way by revealing that they would be staging their second annual Orion Music + More Festival in Detroit on June 8 and 9. Now, the band has unveiled the bands that will join them at the two-day extravaganza. Among the acts sharing the stage with Metallica will be Red Hot Chili Peppers, DeftonesRise Against and more.

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Photo via YouTube
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Video Flashback: Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Under the Bridge’

I admit that I love a good, heartfelt rock ballad, and it's even better when that track is stripped down to bring out the emotion. For that reason, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 ballad 'Under the Bridge' has been in my head for weeks. Get nostalgic with me by watching the video below.

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Metallica + Red Hot Chili Peppers Among Highest Grossing Touring Acts of 2012

The numbers are in for the highest grossing touring acts of 2012, and there are a few surprises peppered into the list. What isn't surprising, however, is that Metallica were the biggest draw of any hard rock act in 2012, followed closely by bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nickelback.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock Out at Flea’s Birthday Bash Fundraiser in His Backyard

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea made sure that his 50th birthday would be one that he and all of his guests would remember as he opened up his backyard for a concert-fundraiser to benefit his Silver Lake Conservatory music school.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Release New Single, ‘Never Is a Long Time’ [Listen]

The latest and third overall single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new 7-inch single series has surfaced. 'Never Is a Long Time' and the B-side 'Love of Your Life' are now available for purchase as a 7-inch vinyl single via Warner Bros. Records or as digital downloads through iTunes. Both songs are also streaming below.

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