the video clip californication from the American rock group Red Hot Chili Pepperyeswho imagines the vocalist Anthony Kiedisto the bassist flea to the guitarist John frusciante and the drummer Chad Smith as video game characters, has achieved the milestone that makes it the first Peppers video to reach the billion views on the YouTube video platform. All this occurs 22 years after its release.
californication is the title track of the seventh studio album RHCP, a self-titled album released in 1999. This track, which was released as a single in May 2000, quickly became one of the biggest hits from the band. It peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was awarded a five-time platinum single in the United States. In addition, it is within the ranking of The 100 Greatest English Songs of the 2000s according to VH1 and was also nominated for 5 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards of the year 2000. It is about one of the best known songs of the bandwhich is always performed in almost all their concerts.
Along with the song, they published a video clip directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris that you couldn’t stop watching on the music channels of the time and that was inspired by the video game Crazy Taxivery popular at that time, resulting in this curious video that accompanies one of the group’s most iconic songs.
At the beginning of the video a screen is shown character selection, being able to choose the four members of the band. We see Frusciante riding the streets of Hollywood, Chad Smith snowboarding, Anthony Kiedis swimming in an ocean with sharks, and Flea fighting a bear.
Now, the clip has become one of the videos of the 90s with more than billion views on YoutubeWith Smells Like Teen Spirit of Nirvana, november rain from Guns N’ Roses, thunderstruck of AC/DC, Nothing Else Matters from metallica, Losing My Religion of REM, zombie from The Cranberries, what’s up of 4 Non Blondes, I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston or Every Breath You Take from The Police.
Despite the fact that this video game never existed, at the beginning of the year a fan of the band, Miquel Camps Orteza, decided to make the dream of many come true and developed a video game based on the aforementioned audiovisual. Via a free download, the game is available for both Mac and PC.
Red Hot Chili Peppers announce world tour
The band has announced a world tour, The Global Stadium Tourwhich will take them through a large part of Europe and North America in 2023. From March to July of next year, the Californian quartet will tour several cities including Vancouver, Las Vegas, London, Glasgow, Madrid (festival Mad Cool) and Lisbon.
In addition, the group has announced the group of great bands and artists that will accompany them as opening acts in several of their shows. The Strokes, st vincent, The Mars Volta, thundercat, City and Color, Iggy Pop, The Roots Y king princess They will be present at the band’s upcoming concerts.
RHCP has released a couple of albums this year: unlimited love Y Return of the Dream Canteen. Both releases were more than special for their fans as they featured guitarist John Frusciante, who rejoined the band at the end of 2019 after a 10-year absence.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ Surpasses 1 Billion Views on YouTube