Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour

Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour
Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Promotional poster for December 7, 1991
Associated album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Start date January 24, 1991
End date February 24, 1993
Legs 7
No. of shows 145
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology

The Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of their highly successful 1991 breakthrough album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The tour had been the band's biggest in their career at the time. Uncomfortable with the group's growing fame, guitarist John Frusciante, who only after 4 1/2 years of being a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, decided to quit in May 1992. Arik Marshall would replace Frusciante and continue out the remainder of the tour.


After many years of hardcore touring and building up a loyal following, the band finally started to generate more attention with Mother's Milk in 1989. The album brought more television and radio exposure, helping them break through to a much wider audience and garner awareness from major labels. The band was involved in a major bidding war with labels but ultimately decided to sign with Warner Bros. in 1991 to record Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The band and management knew they had a very successful album in their hands and it was evident from the album's first single, "Give It Away" and the even bigger follow-up single, "Under The Bridge". Both singles received heavy airplay on television and radio. Due to the success of these singles, the group began to sell out the majority of their shows. For opening acts at the start of the tour, the Chili Peppers invited up and coming groups such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. These tour dates were landmarks for not only the groups but also for Alternative rock. By year's end all three bands were headlining their own shows and dominating television and radio.

At the time the band was riding an all-time high; however, behind the scenes, problems between Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante were starting to escalate. The band was invited to perform on Saturday Night Live but after the show, Kiedis accused Frusciante of trying to sabotage the performance by playing different notes and singing off key. Frusciante completely denied this but troubles continued to follow the band for the next few months. Frusciante was also now refusing to support the opening acts such as Nirvana, which at one point he claimed to be a fan of but due to Frusciante's attitude and stubbornness he felt the band wasn't worth his time. Years later Frusciante admitted that he was being immature at the time and regretted how selfish he was towards his band and the opening acts.

By the time the band began the Japan leg, tension had started to manifest itself and stress on the group's relationship with each other had grown incredibly. Things had gotten so bad that Frusciante was isolating himself from everyone, beginning the road towards his 6-year period of living as a virtual recluse. While on tour, John secluded himself with his then-girlfriend, mainly staying backstage. It was in this period that he began his problems with drugs, specifically heroin and cocaine, which were unknown to the band at the time. On May 7, 1992, Frusciante informed the manager at the time, Lindy Goetz that he was quitting the band. Goetz informed the rest of the group and they urged Frusciante to play the show that night, which they later called one of their worst ever. The band was forced to cancel the rest of their Japanese leg. The band quickly scrambled and put out calls to various guitarists including Dave Navarro, who was going through the breakup of Jane's Addiction and major drug problems. Navarro turned down the band's offer, though he would eventually join the band a year later. The band flew guitarist Zander Schloss out to Australia to audition however after a few days of practicing, the band felt the chemistry just wasn't there and decided to cancel the Australian leg of the tour. In June, the band hired Arik Marshall to replace Frusciante. Marshall performed his first show with the band on July 4, 1992, and the entire summer was spent with the band headlining the 1992 Lollapalooza tour, which further gave a boost to album sales and only made the band bigger. Marshall finished out the remainder of the tour, which included various awards shows and European dates in 1993. Following the tour, the band regrouped and attempted to begin writing for the next album. However, Marshall was fired due to chemistry problems with the other three members. He was briefly replaced by Jesse Tobias, but his tenure did not last long. Finally, he was replaced with Dave Navarro in 1993.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Warm-Up Shows
January 24, 1991Los AngelesUnited StatesCity Hall
February 1, 1991New York CityThe China Club
February 8, 1991HonoluluAloha Tower
February 9, 1991
April 18, 1991Los AngelesHollywood Palladium
September 27, 1991Music Machine
North American Leg I
October 16, 1991Madison United States Oscar Mayer Theater
October 17, 1991DeKalbDuke Ellington Ballroom
October 19, 1991AmesStephens Auditorium
October 20, 1991OmahaPeony Park
October 22, 1991MilwaukeeCentral Park Ballroom
October 23, 1991East LansingM.S.U. Auditorium
October 25, 1991PittsburghA. J. Palumbo Center
October 26, 1991ClevelandPublic Auditorium
October 27, 1991RochesterAuditorium Theatre
October 29, 1991Toronto Canada Concert Hall
October 30, 1991
November 1, 1991Boston United States Walter Brown Arena
November 2, 1991BurlingtonMemorial Auditorium
November 3, 1991SpringfieldSpringfield Civic Center
November 5, 1991TroyHouston Field House
November 7, 1991SyracuseLandmark Theatre
November 8, 1991Upper DarbyTower Theater
November 9, 1991Washington, D.C.Bender Arena
November 11, 1991New York CityRoseland Ballroom
November 12, 1991
November 13, 1991WarwickRocky Point Palladium
November 15, 1991New York CityRoseland Ballroom
November 16, 1991
November 17, 1991State CollegeRec Hall
November 19, 1991ColumbusVeterans Memorial Auditorium
November 20, 1991KalamazooKalamazoo State Theater
November 22, 1991DetroitState Theatre
November 23, 1991
November 24, 1991IndianapolisIndiana Convention Center
November 26, 1991NormalRedbird Arena
November 27, 1991CincinnatiCincinnati Gardens
November 29, 1991ChicagoVeterans Memorial
November 30, 1991St. PaulRoy Wilkins Auditorium
December 2, 1991St. LouisAmerican Theater
December 3, 1991
December 4, 1991Kansas CitySoldiers and Sailors Memorial
December 6, 1991New OrleansMunicipal Auditorium
December 7, 1991HoustonThe Unicorn
December 8, 1991AustinCity Coliseum
December 11, 1991DallasBronco Bowl
December 12, 1991NormanHollywood Theater
December 14, 1991DenverDenver Coliseum
December 27, 1991Los AngelesLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
December 28, 1991San DiegoO'Brien Pavilion
December 29, 1991TempeASU Activity Center
December 31, 1991San FranciscoMTV Studios
December 31, 1991Daly CityCow Palace
January 2, 1992SalemSalem Armory
January 3, 1992SeattleSeattle Center Coliseum
January 4, 1992Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
European Leg I
This leg was titled the Less Whores More Museums Tour. April 4 was the final U.S. show with John Frusciante.
February 1, 1992SeattleUnited StatesSeattle Center Coliseum
February 2, 1992VancouverCanadaPacific Coliseum
February 3, 1992
February 11, 1992RotterdamNetherlandsAhoy Rotterdam
February 12, 1992HamburgGermanyDocks
February 13, 1992
February 15, 1992BrusselsBelgiumDeinze
February 16, 1992ParisFranceLe Zénith
February 22, 1992New York CityUnited States Saturday Night Live
February 25, 1992MunichGermanyTheaterfabrik
February 26, 1992
February 27, 1992FrankfurtKongresshalle
February 29, 1992ParisFrancePavilion Gabriel
March 1, 1992MilanItalyPalatrussardi
March 4, 1992BirminghamEngland Hummingbird
March 5, 1992LiverpoolRoyal Court Theatre
March 7, 1992DublinIrelandSFX City Theatre
March 8, 1992BelfastNorthern IrelandUlster Hall
March 10, 1992GlasgowScotlandBarrowland Ballroom
March 11, 1992ManchesterEnglandCarling Academy
March 13, 1992LondonBrixton Academy
March 14, 1992
March 16, 1992BielefeldGermanyPC69
March 18, 1992LudwigsburgForum Am Schlosspark
March 19, 1992DüsseldorfPhilipshalle
March 20, 1992NeumarktJurahalle
March 22, 1992BerlinDie Halle
April 4, 1992Los AngelesUnited StatesHollywood Palladium
Japanese Leg
On May 7 (following the performance), guitarist John Frusciante quit the band and the remaining two Japanese dates were cancelled. The band attempted to audition Zander Schloss but the chemistry wasn't right and the planned Australian leg, which the band would have played after the Japanese leg, was cancelled.
May 1, 1992YokohamaJapanYokohama Cultural Gymnasium
May 3, 1992OsakaModa Hall
May 4, 1992
May 6, 1992NagoyaDiamond Hall
May 7, 1992SaitamaSonic City
May 8, 1992TokyoShibuya Public Hall (CANCELLED)
May 10, 1992KyotoKyoto Memorial Hall (CANCELLED)
North American leg II – Lollapalooza tour
The band took a brief amount of time off after John Frusciante quit, and hired replacement guitarist Arik Marshall.
July 4, 1992WerchterBelgiumRock Werchter
July 5, 1992
July 18, 1992Mountain ViewUnited StatesShoreline Amphitheatre
July 19, 1992
July 21, 1992VancouverCanadaUBC Field
July 22, 1992BremertonUnited StatesKitsap County Fairgrounds
July 25, 1992Greenwood VillageFiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 27, 1992Maryland HeightsRiverport Amphitheater
July 28, 1992CincinnatiRiverbend Music Center
July 29, 1992Cuyahoga FallsBlossom Music Center
July 31, 1992ClarkstonPine Knob Amphitheatre
August 1, 1992
August 2, 1992Tinley ParkWorld Amphitheater
August 4, 1992DetroitSaratoga Performing Arts Center
August 5, 1992TorontoCanadaMolson Amphitheatre
August 7, 1992MansfieldUnited StatesGreat Woods
August 8, 1992
August 9, 1992WantaghNikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 11, 1992
August 12, 1992StanhopeWaterloo Village
August 14, 1992RestonLake Fairfax Park
August 16, 1992BurgettstownStarlake Amphitheater
August 18, 1992RaleighWalnut Creek Amphitheater
August 20, 1992AtlantaLakewood Amphitheater
August 22, 1992MiamiBicentennial Park
August 23, 1992OrlandoCentral Fairgrounds
August 25, 1992CharlotteBlockbuster Pavilion
August 28, 1992MinneapolisHarriet Island Pavilion
August 29, 1992East TroyAlpine Valley Music Theatre
September 1, 1992AtlantaLakewood Amphitheater
September 4, 1992New OrleansUNO Soccer Field
September 5, 1992HoustonFt. Bend County Fairgrounds
September 6, 1992DallasStarplex Amphitheatre
September 8, 1992PhoenixDesert Sky Pavilion
September 9, 1992Los AngelesMTV Video Music Awards
September 11, 1992IrvineIrvine Meadows
September 12, 1992
September 13, 1992
September 27, 1992Los AngelesHollywood Palladium
Australia/New Zealand Leg
October 6, 1992BrisbaneAustraliaBrisbane Entertainment Centre
October 7, 1992
October 9, 1992SydneySydney Entertainment Centre
October 10, 1992
October 13, 1992
October 15, 1992AdelaideAdelaide Entertainment Centre
October 17, 1992PerthPerth Entertainment Centre
October 20, 1992MelbourneNational Tennis Centre at Flinders Park
October 21, 1992
October 27, 1992WellingtonNew ZealandWinter Show Buildings
October 28, 1992AucklandMt Smart Stadium Supertop
1993 Shows
The band played their final full show with Arik Marshall on February 9 and their last performance with him was at the 1993 Grammy Awards on February 24 where they were joined onstage by George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars while performing Give It Away. The band was forced to cancel the remainder of the tour due to Flea being forced to rest for 12 months after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Marshall was eventually fired after the tour and his short-term replacement was Jesse Tobias though Dave Navarro, who originally turned down the offer to replace Frusciante suddenly became available so Tobias was fired and Navarro was hired.
January 15, 1993São PauloBrazilHollywood Rock Festival
January 22, 1993Rio de Janeiro
January 25, 1993Buenos AiresArgentinaEstadio Obras Sanitarias
January 26, 1993
February 9, 1993New OrleansUnited StatesThe Quad
February 24, 1993Los AngelesShrine Auditorium
June 25, 1993GlastonburyEnglandGlastonbury Festival (CANCELLED)
June 26, 1993DublinIrelandDalymount Park (CANCELLED)
July 4, 1993RoskildeDenmarkRoskilde Festival (CANCELLED)
July 5, 1993StockholmSwedenSjöhistoriska museet (CANCELLED)
July 10, 1993Sankt GoarshausenGermanyBizarre Festival (CANCELLED)
August 14, 1993WinnipegCanadaGlimby Park (CANCELLED)

Opening acts

Songs performed

Tour overview

Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour was the band's biggest tour at the time and took them across the entire world although the loss of John Frusciante in 1992 nearly halted the band's tour and rise to success but they carried on with Arik Marshall never missing a beat. The tour saw them playing bigger venues than ever before and became one of the most important tours of the Alternative rock era especially due to the opening acts the tour featured such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins who all would eventually be headlining their own arena tours within the next year and even become just as big if not bigger than the Chili Peppers themselves. Arguably the tour's highlight came with a headlining slot on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour which was one of the biggest tours of the summer. The band's setlists featured a heavy dose of the band's first five albums with songs like "Catholic School Girls Rule" getting a one time performance and vanishing from the band's setlist until fourteen years later on the Stadium Arcadium World Tour. Out of the seventeen songs on the album, "Apache Rose Peacock", "The Greeting Song", "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" and "The Righteous & The Wicked" are the only songs to never be performed however they have been teased. "Naked in the Rain" was performed only twice with it being performed once during the 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour' . "Funky Monks" has been performed three times and only once on the Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour. It would not return to the setlist for another fourteen years on the Stadium Arcadium World Tour when a fan requested it during a radio contest. The band performed it once more the following night.

This tour marked the last time "Get up and Jump", "Magic Johnson", "Naked In The Rain", "Party on Your Pussy", "Subway to Venus" and "Thirty Dirty Birds" have been performed live.


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