I'm 15: Red Hot Chili Peppers, STADIUM ARCADIUM

Monday, May 10, 2021

FUN FACT: Stadium Arcadium is the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album to hit #1 in America. Released on May 9, 2006, it debuted at the top spot of the Billboard 200 over the week of May 27, 2006. It maintained the top spot for three straight. In order to make the record happen, the band reconvened at "The Mansion" in Laurel Canyon with Rick Rubin--the same studio and producer that resulted in 1991 breakthrough LP, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

"It just seemed like the perfect idea because I live about one minute away and Anthony and Chad live about 10 minutes away," guitarist John Frusciante said during a 2006 interview. "Flea's about an hour away in Malaga, but because of the way it's set up he could sleep at the studio. It seems like a different place now to what it was (when they recorded Blood Sugar Sex Magik). I like it better now. It's cosier, a little more warm and homely. The other guys have a different impression than me, but that's how it seemed to me. I loved it both times, but before it seemed more cold and chilling."

Stadium Arcadium capped off a three-album run including Californication (1999) and By the Way (2002) which found Anthony Kiedis and company moving towards the rock mainstream, and away from the fringe edges of the band's storied past. Spreading those good vibes across a double-album set, Stadium Arcadium was also rewarded over awards season. The LP earned the group four GRAMMY Awards at the 49th GRAMMY Awards in 2007: Best Rock Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, the latter two for album opener "Dani California." Producer Rick Rubin would also win the GRAMMY for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical that night.