The Red Hot Chili Peppers Near-Encounter with Big Bird

True or false: the Red Hot Chili Peppers were once booked to perform on Sesame Street.

This is 100% true. According to Anthony Kiedis, the band had wanted to appear on Sesame Street for years–and believe it or not, the producers actually decided to invite them for a guest shot.

However, other producers for the Children’s Television Workshop (the company that produces Sesame Street) must have been familiar with the Chili Peppers past, especially their predilection for performing naked.

Ultimately, they decided that the Chili Peppers “would not be appropriate for the show.” You think?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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