Bridge from Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" Revealed
Published May 24, 2012If you've listened to commercial rock radio at any point in the past 20 years, there's a pretty good chance that you've heard Anthony Kiedis singing about shooting up underneath a bridge in Red Hot Chili Peppers' early '90s hit "Under the Bridge." But have you ever wondered exactly which bridge he was singing about? Vulture went on a hunt for that bridge, and the publication appears to have found it.
The song itself doesn't offer much to go on -- only that the bridge is in downtown Los Angeles, which is home to countless bridges. Kiedis has shed a little more light on the location in interviews, however, and at one point admitting that it he was en route to the intersection of Sixth and Union.
Vulture's search eventually led to MacArthur Park, which was famous for its drug culture in the late '80s (when the incidents from the song happened). There, the writer found a small pedestrian overpass with a shadowy tunnel underneath it -- hardly much of a bridge, but the perfect place for some illicit activities to take place.
So there you have it. Kiedis may never confirm if these findings are correct, but based on the evidence, this looks to be the bridge immortalized in the song.