Bridge from Red Hot Chili Peppers Song Under the Bridge Located
Vulture Magazine located the bridge described in Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakout song ‘Under the Bridge’ from the band’s 1992 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The song originated as a poem that lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote about his past problems with addiction. Producer Rick Rubin discovered the poem and it was eventually crafted into a song with one of the most recognizable choruses of the last few decades.
Journalist Mark Haskell Smith goes into detail about his search for the ‘lost’ bridge, which for a moment he didn’t think existed after pouring over maps, memoirs, and websites to help him in his search:
“After staring at the map for hours,trying to plot every conceivable approach, I became convinced Kiedis made it up. I mean, why not? Does it matter if it's a real bridge? Maybe it's a metaphor.”
But Smith thinks he ended up pinpointing the location after much further searching:
“It must be the bridge in the song. It links Sixth and Union — the intersection Kiedis claims he was walking toward — with the drug dealers at Seventh and Hoover. And, unlike the other bridges, it provides a discreet location for private time with personal demons.”
Over time, Smith writes, the bridge has changed:
“Inside, it looked like a school art project had been painted over decades of tagging, layers of violent history under a family friendly mural. It might be clean and safe and have a happy octopus, but not that long ago it was the stomping ground of gangbangers and dope slingers.”
MacArthur Park was once overrun by drug users, according to a Los Angeles Times article in April 1989. Now it is unrecognizable as the bridge referred to in one of the biggest hits of the 1990s, but Haskell seems to think he found it after all.