In 1991, The Red Hot Chili Peppers toured across the country with Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins in their famous Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour. In 2018, The Red Not Chili Peppers are teaming up with two local Richmond bands; Pilots N’ Pearls and Geek RVA to recreate this tour for one legendary night at The Broadberry. Follow the link to get your tickets. This is not a tribute to miss! Probably the most significant Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, the Red Nots can’t replace the Red Hots, but they are the next best thing. Joining them, Pilots N’ Pearls are a Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots cover band with fantastic energy and Geek RVA delivers a smashing (pun intended) tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins.
Just a lil history
Early in 1991, a rising sensation, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, set out to tour leading up to the September release of one of their most significant records, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. In fact, Blood Sugar Sex Magik went on to be one of the band’s most successful LPs, only challenged in popularity by Californication, their seventh studio album.
In support of the Peppers were then-newcomers The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. The large-scale venues the Peppers were playing at helped elevate the popularity of the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam, both bands having previously had only some minor success in comparison. The Smashing Pumpkins were promoting their new record Gish while Pearl Jam was playing songs from their own record Ten. Eventually, it was planned for Pearl Jam to be replaced by then-up-and-comers Nirvana, in support of their recently released Nevermind. Rumor is that Pearl Jam were not appropriately popular enough to be playing large arenas and stadiums. In the end, The Smashing Pumpkins were replaced instead due to their own conflicts with Nirvana.
The tour would go on to cement the Chili Peppers’ fame and serve as a breakthrough moment for The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, all of whom would head their own tours within the next year. The Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour would also mark the first departure of the Chili Peppers’ legendary guitarist John Frusciante after months of tension with the rest of the band and discomfort with their rising fame. For the Chili Peppers, the tour was both a high-point and a low-point in their prolific career. For the other bands involved, the tour set their trajectory and catapulted them to become the rock legends they are today. In fact, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana have all been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.