Scotsmen Red Hot Chilli Pipers take their tongue-in-cheek name from American rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers. With traditional Scottish bagpipes, guitars, keyboards and drums, they're known for covering contemporary hits in their one-of-a-kind "bagrock" style. The group, today nearly 20 members strong, has played the U.K.'s T in the Park festival, and appeared on the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers' history
Red Hot Chilli Pipers were formed in 2002 and have become one of the most popular Scottish music acts around the world. Describing themselves as "the most famous bagpipe band on the planet," the group realized a dream early in their career when they performed at T in the Park in 2004, joining headliners The Darkness. They have twice been named the Best Live Act in Scotland at the Scots Trad Music Awards. They became known outside of Scotland in 2007, when they appeared on the BBC talent contest When Will I Be Famous. They have since performed at several BBC events, including the Proms, and twice appeared on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers released their self-titled debut in 2005. Their music has taken them all around the world, performing headline shows and regularly appearing at festivals.
In 2014, the Scots won over a legion of younger fans when they played bagpipes on the soundtrack to the animated children's film How to Train Your Dragon 2. They also appeared in NBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, and have received support from an array of celebrity fans such as Samuel L Jackson, Sir Paul McCartney and Ewan McGregor. YouTube users may know the Red Hot Chilli Pipers best for their cover of Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which has over 3.5 million views.