Music Around Town

Red Hot Chili Peppers

When: Sat., June 2 2012

After almost 30 years, people other than the Red Hot Chili Peppers' fans are starting to take them seriously. Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized the group as punk-funk-rap pioneers and not just a bunch of guys who used to play concerts with socks wrapped around their cocks, inducting them into its hallowed halls. The Chilis' fifth album, 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, made them stars and revealed a depth on the hit single “Under the Bridge” that was previously hidden on songs like “Sex Rap” and “Skinny Sweaty Man.” Since then, the band has lived through its own personal soap opera, with singer Anthony Keidis’ drug and alcohol struggles and the group's ever-revolving door of guitarists vying for attention. Old-school fans may lament that the band no longer relies on groove-heavy but somewhat tuneless songs. But last year’s I’m With You sounds like a record made by middle-aged guys who are still discovering new ways to play rock & roll without resorting to old gimmicks. 8 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 and $58.50. -- John Patrick Gatta

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