Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the band's 2012 visit to Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform in Israel this summer after an eight-year hiatus.

By United with Israel Staff

One of the best-selling bands of all time, Red Hot Chili Peppers, is returning to Israel to perform on June 10 in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon, headlining the new Funkyard Festival. The band last performed in Israel in 2012.

The eclectic American band, which combines elements of alternative rock, funk, punk, hip-hop, and metal, was formed in 1983 with guitarist Hillel Slovak, originally from Haifa. Although Slovak passed away, his influence on the band has remained.

At one point during their 2012 concert in Israel, which sold out the 50,000 seat venue, vocalist Anthony Kiedis referred to the late guitarist, commenting, “Hillel Slovak forever! I must say, Hillel had his own brand of Israeli funk, pretty sure he invented it. That Israeli funkinstein,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The band’s bassist, who goes by the single name moniker “Flea,” added, “He went on a trip in Israel, and he came back and he was so lit up and so excited and so full of love, and to come here today and think of him it’s truly a dream.”

Their 2020 Israel performance is part of the band’s European tour.

The band has sold 80 million records worldwide and been nominated for a Grammy Award sixteen times, winning six. The Red Hot Chili Peppers was initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.