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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce 2012 North American tour dates

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming home to play for the first time in nearly five years. The band announced the first set of dates on its website for a 2012 North American tour, beginning in North Carolina in late January.

Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer are currently in Europe, touring in support of their album "I'm With You," which was released in August.

Times pop music critic Randall Roberts said the album was "a mishmash, lacks a center, and way too often feels duct-taped together from various points in the band's career." However, the group is currently a nominee for the 2012 class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the first set of shows will go on sale Dec. 3.

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-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Flea rocks out during the band's show in Stockholm in October. Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP/Getty Images

 
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