More from UCLA Spring Sing…

Another brief clip of Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer preforming ‘By The Way’ has been posted:


The Daily Bruin is also running a feature saying that the guys played ‘Otherside’, ‘By The Way’ (both confirmed with videos that have been posted) and a cover of “If You Want Me To Stay” by Sly and The Family Stone which hasn’t been confirmed:

Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a political science student at UCLA from 1980 to 1981, was presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the UCLA Alumni Association even though he said that receiving awards can be detrimental to inspiration.

“A lot of successful songwriters start off having a great connection to life and the awards start coming and suddenly they have nothing to say,” Kiedis said. “But I am grateful to (the UCLA Alumni Association) for pointing out someone who writes songs.”

After Kiedis’ speech, he brought fellow bandmate and guitarist Klinghoffer on stage to perform Red Hot Chili Peppers songs “Otherside” and “By The Way,” and a cover of “If You Want Me To Stay” by Sly and The Family Stone. Their performance earned a standing ovation from the audience.

Anthony Kiedis News Update!

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There’s been a lot of news on Anthony Kiedis over the last few days… He’s put a home he owns in the Hollywood Hills up for sale, has been photographed with a glamour model and the finished Animals Asia campaign has been released with Anthony taking the role of the narrator and also featuring with model Courtney Money on one of the posters. Full details on our other Anthony Kiedis dedicated website AnthonyKiedis.net !

Acoustic Performance by Josh And Anthony at UCLA Spring Sing

RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer were at the UCLA Spring Sing last night (16th May) where Anthony received the  UCLA Student Alumni Association annual ‘George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement’  for 2015. The first clue that there was to be a live element came with a post showing the two rehearsing:

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The two performed an acoustic set including ‘Otherside’ and ‘By the Way’:

‘By the Way’ clip

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Chad Smith: John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit

RHCP’s Chad Smith attended the John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos in LA on April 26th 2015 :

Credit:Matt Sorum and Chad Smith

Many thanks to Angra for the heads up!

RHCP to Begin Recording in July… Kiedis Music Award

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Anthony Kiedis is to be awarded the UCLA Gershwin Award on May 16th in recognition for his services to music. Anthony’s mother, Peggy Noble Idema, was interviewed about her son receiving the award for a local newspaper and during the interview she mentioned that RHCP will start recording the new album in July:

Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and one of Grand Rapids’ most famous exports, will be the 2015 recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Award.

Presented by the University of California Los Angeles’ Student Alumni Association, the honor is a lifetime achievement award handed out annually to landmark figures in the music industry. The UCLA website calls Kiedis “one of the most influential artists in the alternative rock boom of the early ’90s,” and the university will place him among previous recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Alanis Morissette and MC Hammer.

“This really makes me proud,” Kiedis mother, Peggy Noble Idema, of Lowell, said. “Both my parents and Grandpa Idema were huge Gershwin fans – I grew up with their music.”

The award will be bestowed upon the singer at UCLA’s May 16 alumni day.

Kiedis, 52, was born in Grand Rapids, and lived here until he was 11, attending Brookside Elementary School. He frequently visits the area to visit his mother and other relatives.

Red Hot Chili Peppers last performed locally in 2012, at Van Andel Arena, its fourth time headlining the venue since 2000. The band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Recording for the band’s 11th studio album is set to begin in July, Idema said.

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Cuba for Klinghoffer!

Brief Josh Klinghoffer interview talking about performing in Cuba and how much RHCP want to play there too:

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The band’s guitarist said the historic thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations is a great opportunity for more U.S. bands to visit the island.

U.S. rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers want to play in Cuba, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer told local press in Havana Monday. “We have been planning to visit Cuba for a while, when I told the band that I was coming they all wanted to come with me and I can assure you that we will come soon, I’ll insist every week until we play here,” said Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer, who first visited Cuba 10 years ago, said he became “obsessed” with the idea of returning since his initial trip. The Chili Peppers guitarist was in town playing at a famous Havana club with the Roots drummer and producer, Questlove. Klinghoffer also said that the historic thaw in the Cuba-U.S. relations is a great opportunity for more U.S. bands to visit the island.

 

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