Turd Town Tour
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The Turd Town Tour was a short three-and-a-half-month-long concert tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The tour, which the band considered to be a disaster, was named by the band members who insisted that they play off-the-beaten-path venues in small cow towns. The tour marked the debut of guitarist John Frusciante, who replaced DeWayne McKnight after three shows, and drummer Chad Smith, who replaced D.H. Peligro at the end of the tour.
|Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Promotional poster for the tour
|Start date||September 1988|
|End date||December 31, 1988|
|No. of shows||23|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology|
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Shortly following the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak in June 1988, drummer Jack Irons felt too overcome with grief and his own personal issues to continue with the band. Both Slovak and Irons help form the group in 1983 and both were on their second tenures with the band at the time. The two remaining founding members, singer, Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea decided in honor of Slovak they would again attempt to carry on with the band.
Slovak was replaced by former Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist, DeWayne McKnight while Irons was replaced by former Dead Kennedys drummer, D.H. Peligro. Kiedis briefly went to rehab for thirty days after the lineup was formed and while in rehab minus Kiedis they recorded one song with Flea on lead vocals titled "Blues for Meister" which would later appear on the band's 1994 Out In L.A. album. The band attempted to tour with the lineup however after four shows, McKnight was fired due to chemistry issues. His replacement was 18-year-old guitar prodigy, John Frusciante who was already a big fan of the band.
Frusciante performed his first official show as the band's guitarist on October 5, 1988 (however he appeared with them a few days prior at their Paradise Bowl (2HIP4TV) performance where they lip synched two songs). With the band feeling at full strength once again they decided to tour and began work writing and rehearsing for the next album although in late November, Peligro too would end up being fired due to his own drug and alcohol problems. Peligro was replaced through auditions in late November 1988 by drummer, Chad Smith, who played the final three dates in December to finish out the tour. Early in the following year, Smith, Frusciante, Kiedis and Flea would begin recording their next album, Mother's Milk, which at the time would launch the band to their biggest success. Frusciante remained with the band for another four years before quitting and later re-joining 1998 (and quitting again in 2009) while Smith has been with the band ever since this tour.
The tour was also notable for one of the band's opening acts, No Doubt who in the mid-1990s would find big mainstream success on their own.
|September ?, 1988||Los Angeles, California||United States||Alcohol Salad|
|September ?, 1988||Palo Alto, California||The Keystone|
|September 6, 1988||Santa Clara, California||One Step Beyond|
|September 7, 1988||Oakland, California||The Omni|
|October ?, 1988||Los Angeles, California||Paradise Bowl (2HIP4TV)|
|October 5, 1988||Tempe, Arizona||Six Feet Under|
|October 8, 1988||Los Angeles, California||John Anson Ford Amphitheatre|
|October 9, 1988||Columbus, Ohio||Octoke Gym|
|October 13, 1988||Santa Barbara, California||The Graduate|
|October 31, 1988||Boulder, Colorado||Glenn Miller Ballroom at University of Colorado Boulder|
|November ?, 1988||Albany, New York||QE2|
|November 8, 1988||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Graffiti|
|November 9, 1988||Salt Lake City, Utah||Olpin Union Ballroom at the University of Utah|
|November 15, 1988||Omaha, Nebraska||Ranch Bowl|
|November 16, 1988||Minneapolis, Minnesota||First Avenue Club|
|November 18, 1988||Chicago, Illinois||Metro|
|November 19, 1988||Detroit, Michigan||Saint Andrew's Hall|
|November 25, 1988||Los Angeles, California||The Victoria Theatre|
|November 26, 1988||Long Beach, California||Multipurpose Room at California State University|
|November 28, 1988||Atlanta, Georgia||Metroplex|
|December 29, 1988||Seattle, Washington||Moore Theatre|
|December 30, 1988||Vancouver, BC||Canada||Commodore Ballroom|
|December 31, 1988||Portland, Oregon||United States||Pine Street Theater|
The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)
- "Get Up and Jump"
- "Green Heaven"
- "Mommy, Where's Daddy?"
- "Out in L.A."
Freaky Styley (1985)
- "Blackeyed Blonde"
- "Catholic School Girls Rule"
- "Hollywood (Africa) (The Meters)
- "Jungle Man"
- "Lovin' and Touchin'"
- "Sex Rap"
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)
- "Fight Like a Brave"
- "Funky Crime"
- "Me and My Friends
- "Organic Anti-Beat Box Band"
- "Party on Your Pussy"
- "Skinny Sweaty Man"
- "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (Bob Dylan)
Mother's Milk (1989)
- "Magic Johnson" (jam without vocals)
- "Punk Rock Classic"
- "Stone Cold Bush"
- "Subway to Venus" (jam without vocals)
- "Taste the Pain"
- "Blitzkreg Bop" (The Ramones)
- "Bulletproof" (George Clinton)
- "Crosstown Traffic" (Jimi Hendrix)
- "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" (Black Flag)
- "Good God" (James Brown)
- "If You Got Funk, You Got Style" (Parliament Funkadelic)
- "Mood for Love" (Frank Sinatra) (D.H. Peligro sang lead vocals)
- "On Broadway" (The Drifters)
The tour saw the band leaning heavily on their first three albums although after the firing of McKnight and with Frusciante and Peligro on board the band began to write music for their next album, Mother's Milk and three songs from that record, " Punk Rock Classic", "Stone Cold Bush" and Taste the Pain" made their live debuts on the tour along with instrumental jam which eventually became "Subway to Venus". Shortly into the tour and the writing for the album, Peligro was fired as well (he did get writing credits on the album). Peligro's replacement, Chad Smith finished the remainder of the tour and has been with the band ever since.
- Flea - bass, backing vocals
- John Frusciante - guitar, backing vocals (first show October 5, 1988)
- Anthony Kiedis - lead vocals
- DeWayne McKnight - guitar, backing vocals (fired following September 7 show after playing only four shows)
- D.H. Peligro - drums (fired in November 1988, final show November 28)
- Chad Smith - drums (joined late November 1988, first show December 29)