The thing I love about the Peppers is that the music is so happy but at the same time it’s hardcore, it’s hardcore happiness okay. Cause you know, they sing about a happy that you have to be sad to get there. So when Anthony sings about taking it on the other side, you know that motherfucker was on the other side. When they sing ‘Scar Tissue,’ you know they got scars, OK? OK, they got scars they hate.
They’re like Robert Downey, they do a lot of drugs, but then they they do ‘Iron Man’ and that shit’s over. No one gives a fuck about that shit, OK? OK?
Chris Rock's speech on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ induction at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.