Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers

It's kind of hard to believe (at least, for me, anyway) that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have: A) been around for as long as they have (more than three decades); B) have been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for as long as they have (they were inducted in 2012); and C) are now viewed as esteemed rock legends.

The reason I say that isn't because I think the Chilis aren't great. Just the opposite, in fact! They are phenomenal, both as a recording and a touring act.

I just have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that they've been around as long as they have and that they were inducted several years ago. They still seem fresh and vibrant to me.

Expect to see Flea's antics on bass alongside Anthony Kiedis' powerful vocals and Chad Smith's pounding drums and latest guitarist Josh Kinghoffer's fretwork when the Red Hot Chili Peppers come to the TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The shows are part of an extensive arena tour supporting last year's album "The Getaway," which has made it to No. 2 thus far on the Billboard album chart, and sold 348,000 copies in the United States and 1 million copies worldwide.

Those numbers are quite strong and speak to the staying power of the Chili Peppers, as the album was the seventh straight to chart in the top four going back to 1991's iconic "Blood Sugar Sex Magik.


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" They've sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and won six of them. They hold the record for most No. 1 singles (13), most cumulative weeks at No. 1 (87) and most top 10 songs (25) on the Billboard alternative songs chart.

They'll be ripping through their extensive catalog if a recent set list is any indication. They played "Give it Away," "Can't Stop," "Dani California," "Californication," "Suck My Kiss" and "By the Way," to name a few.

People say rock is dead, but chances are, if you see the Chili Peppers live, you won't agree.