Turd Town Tour

Turd Town Tour
Tour by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Promotional poster for the tour
Start date September 1988
End date December 31, 1988
Legs 1
No. of shows 23
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert chronology
From left to right: Flea, John Frusciante, D.H. Peligro, and Anthony Kiedis.

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 gutiarist John Frusciante, who replaced DeWayne McKnight after three shows, and drummer Chad Smith, who replaced D.H. Peligro at the end of the tour.


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 huge fan of the band and Slovak was one of his idols was introduced to Kiedis and Flea by Peligro. 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-90s would find massive mainstream success on their own and become one of the biggest bands in the world.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
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 Glen 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

Songs performed


The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)

Freaky Styley (1985)

The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)

Mother's Milk (1989)

Cover songs

Tour overview

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.

Opening acts



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