Red Hot Chili Peppers Member Calls Grunge Era Singer ‘Super High’ And ‘Scary’


Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who moved to L.A. from Michigan the same month Nothing’s Shocking came out and joined RHCP a few months later — and later played with Navarro in the Peppers lineup from 1994 to 1998 — recalls being blown away when he first shared a bill with Jane’s Addiction in a new Yahoo article, and being frightened by Perry Farrell.

“[Perry] looked like an alien that was super high, kind of scary, but at the same time just kind of floating. And I was like, ‘This is something else. I’ve never seen anybody like this before in my life!’ And they go on to play — and they were scary to me! They scared me,” says Smith.

“They were so powerful, and they looked weird. Everything about it was just so unique. … The whole thing was just so incredible, and I was like, ‘Now I really get it. … This is what it’s about. This is dangerous, powerful, mystical.’ They looked like junkies, and they had a drummer back there who looked like [the Muppets’] Animal; Perkins was shaking his big hair, playing these tribal Bonham beats. I will never forget it.”