Chili Peppers Plug In For Charity Shows

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at two charity shows next month, a March 1 benefit for a substance abuse counselor in Los Angeles and a March 14 event for local charities in New York. The Gramm

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at two charity shows next month, a March 1 benefit for a substance abuse counselor in Los Angeles and a March 14 event for local charities in New York. The Grammy-nominated group has been off the road for some time in support of its 1999 Warner Bros. album "Californication."

The March 1 show -- which will also feature performances from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Thelonious Monster, and a DJ set from ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell -- will be held at the Hollywood Palladium. Proceeds will benefit substance abuse counselor Gloria Scott, a longtime friend of the band who is ill.

Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday (Feb. 17) through Ticketmaster for $65 general admission and $150 VIP balcony.

The March 14 show at Irving Plaza will raise funds for New York's Robin Hood Foundation, which has invested millions of dollars in local community organizations in recent years. Late night TV host Conan O'Brien and actress Gwyneth Paltrow will emcee the event. Samantha Ronson will DJ.

The title track of "Californication" is up for best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group Grammys. The Chili Peppers have begun writing material for the follow-up to the album, and plan to play some shows in Europe this summer. So far, only an Aug. 23 date in Utrecht, Holland, has been confirmed, but more dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Guitarist John Frusciante has also just released his third solo album, "To Record Water For Only Ten Days," on Warner Bros. After a handful of solo shows abroad, Frusciante has scheduled a concert for March 15 at New York's Tonic club.