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“The Zephyr Song” was the second single released by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to support their eighth studio album, “By the Way”. This live, exclusive concert for the U.K. release was held at the Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California and was produced in association with Warner Bros. Records. The single peaked at number #6 in the U.S. on the Modern Rock Chart and number #11 on the UK Singles Chart. During the tour, the song was played extensively at most of the bands live concerts.

The album “By the Way” by Warner Bros. Records sold over 286,000 copies in the first week, while peaking at number #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Singles from the album included “By the Way”, “The Zephyr Song” and “Can’t Stop.” Vocalist Anthony Kiedis addresses a more candid and reflective approach to his lyricism in By the Way, which is a noticeable difference from previous Red Hot Chili Pepper albums. By the Way was applauded by critics as a departure from the band’s former styles, and is recognized for the melodic and subdued emotions given by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Guitarist John Frusciante is credited with writing most of the album’s melodies, bass lines, and guitar progressions, therefore changing the direction of the recording dramatically: “his warm, understated guitar work and his doo-wop style vocal harmonies are king this time around”. By the Way contained very little of the signature punk-funk fusion the band had become known for playing. Frusciante has stated that writing “By the Way [was] one of the happiest times in my life”. The album went on to sell over 13 million copies worldwide.