; born November 1, 1962) is an American musician best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its conception in 1983.

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Flea, Slovak and Kiedis especially were involved in heavy drug use and their relationships became strained.

Flea recalled that "it began to seem ugly to me and not fun; our communication was not healthy".

He began as a "hype man", going out in front of the band blurting out jokes to the audience and getting them pumped up.

The band was soon renamed "what is this" and later "the Red Hot Chili Peppers" Kiedis also met future bandmate Hillel Slovak after seeing him perform with his band Anthym.

Kiedis and Flea hired drummer Cliff Martinez from The Weirdos and guitarist Jack Sherman to fill Iron's and Slovak's places, respectively.

Andy Gill, formerly of Gang of Four, agreed to produce their first album, 1984's The Red Hot Chili Peppers.Kiedis became dependent on heroin, leaving Flea and Slovak to work on much of the album's material by themselves.Both Kiedis and Slovak struggled with debilitating heroin addictions, which grew worse as the band was preparing to record The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.Due to his addiction, Kiedis lacked the motivation to contribute to the band musically, and appeared at rehearsal "literally asleep".He was asked to leave the band in order to undergo drug rehabilitation.He understood a lot about music, he was a great visual artist, and he had a sense of self and a calm about him that were just riveting." The three formed a band with former Anthym-drummer Jack Irons, called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. A.", and was formed for the purpose of playing the song once.