Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Under the Bridge’ Location Pinpointed After Exhaustive Search
There are literally thousands of bridges in Los Angeles, but only one can be the one Anthony Kiedis sings about in the 1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers ballad ‘Under the Bridge.’ The song, an ode to the City of Angels as seen through the eyes of a junkie, took the underground funk-rock act to No. 2 on the Billboard charts, forever changing the lives of Kiedis and his compatriots.
And ever since, Kiedis has been reluctant to disclose the location of “the bridge downtown,” even flat out refusing as much in a 1992 Rolling Stone article about the band. In his memoir ‘Scar Tissue,’ Kieidis discusses the sense of loss and despair captured in ‘Under the Bridge,’ which describes his own dissension into drug addiction. But the bridge’s actual location did and has remained a mystery — that is, possibly, until now.
In an article on Vulture, one very determined Chili Peppers fan pored over maps, researched old articles and even did some legwork en route to determining the exact place where Kiedis “gave his life away” — and, to make a long story short, it’s a bridge in MacArthur Park that links drug dealing hot spots on nearby Sixth and Union with those at Seventh and Hoover. Attempts to contact band management for confirmation went unanswered, so technically the mystery remains unsolved. But check out the full article and maybe you to will be a believer.
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