New Josh Klinghoffer Interview

A new interview has been released talking to Josh Klinghoffer. Inevitably, there are a couple of questions about RHCP in it. Again, non-committal answers and nothing much said in real terms… although maybe it is speaking volumes. (So odd if Josh left of his own choice that even he isn’t commenting on it).

What are some lessons you will take away from your years in the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

“Ask me that another time.”

 

Are there any hard feelings between you and the RHCP camp and/or John?

“I don’t think so. Not from me.”

Read the whole interview on Ultimate Guitar

Another Chad Smith Interview: SiriusXM

RHCP’s drummer, Chad Smith, was interviewed by Lindsay Parker for the Volume West show on Sirius XM in Los Angeles.

Chad used to promote on the program (in 2018?), so he knew the presenter well and there’s a lot of chit chat between them throughout the show. Chad talks about many things including working with Ozzy and Elton John (Elton took royalties for the RHCP’s Sick Love song that he played piano on, and so did Bernie Taupin although he had nothing to do with it at all. They didn’t discuss charges; Elton played and then they got a letter a few days later asking for half the royalties!)

Chad actually returned to talk about his new art show in Austin, Texas, and there’s a lengthy discussion of how it was made made (including knives, DNA and getting oiled up in Vegas…!).

There are a few mentions of RHCP which might answer a couple of questions kicking around right now (although again, nothing on why Josh is no longer in the band).

Background Summary:

The band were working together at the end of 2018, but the process was literally stopped by the Wolsey fire in the Malibu area as the house where they were based was in the fire path. [A certain guitarist told me he didn’t know if his guitars had been destroyed as there was no knowledge on the fate of the house they were working in as nobody could access that area]. Progress did not really resume then because of the physical damage and aftermath in Malibu; e.g. Anthony had to move out of his home for an extended period and went to his other property in Hawaii for a while.

 

What RHCP Material was already recorded:

Presenter talking about Chad, having to put stuff [presenting the show] on hold ostensibly because the band were working on the new album. Then she starts to comment on the Wolsey fire:

Presenter: Then you had to put that on hold because of what was going on with the Wolsey fires; something happened where you couldn’t get to your HG, or whatever…

Chad: Our HQ?

Presenter: I don’t know! Your bunker, your jam… your monkey style house that you…

Chad: That’s what we had. We had a HQ.

Presenter: And you couldn’t get to it because the road as burned out or something…

[Talking about when; November 2018]

New RHP Album

Presenter: So where is the next RHCP album now? Did you start over? Are you picking up? What can you tell us because I thought it was supposed to come out last year. I think even though you are busy with other stuff, I think people are hoping for a new record in 2020

Chad: Yeah, I think so.

Presenter: You think so?

Chad: Yeah. I don’t know. I think so.

Presenter: Are you working on it now? I know there’s certain things you can’t talk about.

Chad: Yes [I can’t talk about some things]

Presenter: Tell me what you can say.

Chad: That we’re excited.. [lots of mumbling and laughter]

Presenter: It’s just us, Chad… [joking].

Chad: We’ve had some changes, and we’re really excited about it. With respect to people on our band [some mumbling], I’m looking forward to writing new music. We’re going to start working on it very soon. Flea’s like on honeymoon and riding elephants in Thailand … so when he comes back, we’ll start up again

Presenter: So is the stuff you were doing before the fires happened, is any of that going to make it into the record.

Chad: I don’t know. We’ll just.. have to…

[Mumbling again] Goes on to talk a bit about Bottlerock being announced.

Chad: That might be the first real gig.

 

Pyramid Show/ Documentary

Chad and Lindsey started talking about the show RHCP did at the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt last year. Note: This is paraphrased/shortened as there was a lot of chat and mumbling especially at the beginning of this section when the two were joking about Chad standing on top of a pyramid playing his drums!

Presenter: You literally played on a pyramid in like Egypt

Chad: No! Like in close proximity

Presenter: I want to envisage you standing right on top, bouncing drum sticks…

Chad: Bouncing drum sticks..

Presenter: Proximity is still pretty bad ass!

Chad: Nobody has done it since the Grateful Dead…  We filmed it, did the whole thing. I think it’s coming out in… one of the Ms…March or May…

 

Many thanks to Sister Witch for all of her help with this, and especially to Midnight_Slump on Reddit for posting the clip and the download. Much appreciated! 

Discussion on Reddit with clip 

Download of whole interview

New Interview With Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith has spoken to Rolling Stone about his latest collection of art work, The Art of Chad Smith, currently on display at the Russell Collection Fine Art gallery in Austin, Texas, USA.

Smith talks about how the art, “… is a fun, new way to express myself.” The interview also talks about the process of creating the art and mentions it’s his second such project (Parallax was released in 2016).

Obviously, the interviewer broached the RHCP topic of the moment and asked about the recent change in line-up of the band with Josh Klinghoffer being replaced by John Frusciante. His reply was, “I was given strict orders for this interview: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT THE BAND,’”and he just confirms that the band are working now with John; they will be concentrating on making a new record and that their only other commitments are the festivals that have been booked during the summer. Smith refused to be drawn into further comment and was clearly sticking to the official line on this.

You can read the full interview here: Rolling Stone: Chad Smith Talks About New Art Exhibition.

Update…

I’ve been updating several things on the website over the last few days. The John and Josh band member pages have been updated (re-written for John) with the latest information. In fact, I’ve tidied all of the band member pages information up deleting old links and updating information. I realised during that that the page on Chad’s tattoos is so old it was on the old forum site. That has been rectified! There is a brand new, up to date, page on Chad’s tattoos – any info on the letters I haven’t been able to identify, etc. would be gratefully received!

 

Flea to Funk the Influence!

RHCP’s Flea is to perform at FUNK THE INFLUENCE: A symposium along with George Clinton and friends on February 8th, 2020 in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased HERE General admission tickets are currently showing at $150.

The event will feature an EXCLUSIVE keynote with Grammy award winning musicians and producers George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers conversing together on stage for the first time about their musical artistry, their 30+ year relationship beginning as a business engagement and evolving into a loving friendship, and never before heard stories from their experiences in the industry all of these years!! The event will also feature surprise guests, live performances, and an insightful celebrity panel discussion with some VERY exciting music industry luminaries (who we’ll reveal soon ?), discussing topics such as building sustainable brands, the importance of ownership, artist autonomy, and lots of other topics you want to know about! Funk the Influence will be a totally unique, one-time experience you will NOT want to miss! Tickets are EXTREMELY limited and available first come first serve, so visit the link in bio to grab yours while they last!

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Adding…

I finally have a few free hours so I’m adding a few magazines to the collection and tidying up some loose ends.

HM Magazine from 1994. Many thanks to StickmanH for this – it’s been uploaded for a while, but I’ve been waiting for a “quiet time” to post the link here so it doesn’t get buried.

Likewise, there are a number of magazine scans which RHCP Mexcio kindly shared with us but I haven’t put the links out before so they didn’t get buried either. Rectifying that by adding them now (after posting this I’ll update them on the index)

2002 10 Por Fin No. 65

2006 May Rolling Stone No. 43

2011 September Rolling Stone No. 100

2006 Guitar Total No. 103

Mostly for information, I was very kindly given three publications from Japan by the_swan_RHCP (Instagram). They are too big to scan, but I am uploading quick videos of them to our Facebook page (will add the links to the others over the next couple of days)

2007 Crossbeat Red Hot Chili Peppers Vol 6; Japan Video of book 

There is also a Crossbeat from 2003 and a RHCP book also from 2007.

An Update: Josh Klinghoffer Leaving RHCP and John Frusciante Returning

Adding this an announcement for anyone who doesn’t know the latest band news, and also to summarise the events now we’ve had time to process shock announcement.

Last weekend, a post appeared on the official band Instagram thanking Josh for his contribution over the last 10 years and saying he was no longer the guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also stated that John Frusciante was returning to the band.

Initially, people thought the account had been hacked and that this announcement was a hoax as it was so sudden and unexpected. To add to the confusion, it didn’t appear on the band’s other social media accounts at the same time, including the official website (it was posted there the following day- UK time at least).

Flea posted the same announcement on his personal Instagram and Twitter accounts shortly afterwards, but many people still weren’t sure it was genuine until James Slovak* publicly confirmed it was. Chad posted the same announcement a few hours later. (* Hillel’s brother. James, I believe, works for QPrime, RHCP’s management team, and that’s the most likely reason he knew the post was genuine).

No details are given on the announcement and it merely states the band is “parting ways” with Josh. No mention is even given of Josh leaving to pursue his solo career which would have been the logical explanation given the recent release of his Pluralone CD.

As for details, the same account is circulating from numerous sources and that is John requested to rejoin the band and since that was agreed, there was no longer a position for Josh. If true, whether Josh left of his own accord, or was asked to leave, isn’t known. The only definite is that John was photographed with Flea in the summer (July) so they have been back in contact recently.

How long John has actually been back in the band again isn’t known. It might be starting with the announcement, or they might have been together for a while, or he might have been working with just one band member initially and it led from there.

As for the forthcoming expected RHCP album, Flea recently stated during one of his promotional interviews for his memoir, ‘Acid For The Children,’ that an album will be released next year in 2020. There have been various mentions that the band are working on an album. The most recent comment about the actual process was, ironically now, from Josh at the Ohana Festival a couple of months ago (29th September), stating work was slow due to family commitments of the other band members. It certainly sounded like he was part of the process then and people at that point assumed he was as there was no reason to think otherwise. Some fans are now speculating that work has already begun with John, but there is currently no actual evidence for this.

An interview with Josh is due to be aired on 5th January so maybe more details about his departure will be made public then. No member of the band has commented publicly at the time of writing this. Flea has tweeted a few things about loving Josh and about his solo work, but nothing about the reasons for his departure.

As for Josh, for those of you concerned about him, I’ve had word back saying he is fine and I know a couple of other fan pages have had the same message too.

The Announcement:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.

We also announce, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining our group.

Thank you.