Flea Jams with Nile Rodgers

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A  Grammy week event honoring Nile Rodgers was held at the Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday (4th February 2915)  by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy and RHCP’s very own Flea joined in with the performance. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist jammed on a session that included covers of  Chic’s “Le Freak” &  “Good Times” plus Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” that also saw Kathy Sledge joining them on stage to provide vocals.

“We’d never played together, I swear to you it’s the truth. We met in Germany… The Chili Peppers were on tour and I was working with the Symphony Orchestra and they played the gig in the joint the night before us and we were playing the next day and I said ‘Flea do you  just wanna come down and jam and he was like, ‘What are we going to play?’ ‘And I was like, I don’t care.’ And he was like, ‘So what if we make mistakes?’ And I was like, ‘Well cool…” Nile Rodgers

Danger Mouse to Produce New Album?

Lots of news sites are picking up on Flea’s deleted tweet yesterday (see post below) where he said the producer of the new album would be Danger Mouse. Most are saying little new e.g. this from Consequence of Sound:

Red Hot Chili Peppers are the latest group of high-profile rockers to enlist the talents of super producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse.

In a since deleted tweet, Chili Peppers bassist Flea confirmed Danger Mouse as the previously mentioned “unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music.”

“The new album is shaping up good,” drummer Chad Smith explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “We’ve done the ‘guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once’ thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Source

Similar articles can be found in DIY Magazine & Radio 104.5

 

Letting the Mouse out of the Bag?

The mystery of the vanishing tweet… deleted-tweet-flea-danger-mouse Apparently Flea posted the above tweet saying “‘Bout to start recording. Danger mouse producing… Let’s hang soon”  a few hours ago. However, the tweet was removed very soon afterwards. Danger Mouse is a music producer & song writer who is best know for being part of the Gnarls Barkley duo. He has worked with artists as like Beck, Jack White and Norah Jones.

Many thanks to Alessandro for letting me know about this on the Facebook page :)  Conversation & source

Busy Flea!

Flea news update…

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Flea made an appearance at a Lakers game over the weekend and featured in the pre-show program:

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More photos including ones of Flea on the show can be seen on Red Hot Chili Family’s Facebook page

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He was also seen at another game at his old school, Fairfax High, where the pupils were playing against Westchester:

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Source and more details including brief video showing Flea: LA Times

Flea Feedback Kitchen Trailer

Every day this week a trailer will be released for ‘Feedback Kitchen’ featuring Mario Batali with a special guest; guests will include The Edge, Josh Groban, Patti Smith and … Flea whose video has been released today:


Feedback Kitchen – Mario Batali with Flea… by FeedbackKitchen

The series airs on January 26th 2015.

Chad Smith at Headley Grange

Chad Smith has tweeted the link (a teaser for NAMM) to a short clip of him playing at Headley Grange significant for its links to Led Zeppelin. Apparently Chad is the first person to record drums there since Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham 40 years ago.

“To be able to just look up and see the way the stairs go, just to be in that space and play those notes and be in this same air, goosebumps, man,” Smith says in the video. “It was amazing.”

More information can be found in an article on Wondering Sound

New Tony Woolliscroft Exhibition

Those of you in England might be interested to know that Tony Woolliscroft’s photographs are being featured in a new exhibition in Aldershot so those of you who didn’t get to see his previous displays, in Bedford and Stoke-on-Trent, now have another chance to see his work. Tony of course was the author/photographer behind ‘Me and My Friends’ featuring his photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and he took many of the iconic images of the band that we are used to seeing. His work has featured in music magazines over the years such as RAW and Kerrang! The new exhibition features all of his work rather than concentrating on just RHCP but the Chilis (and Foos) will always be prominent;

But it is his work with RHCP and Foo Fighters that Mr Woolliscroft said he retained the greatest affection for, both as a professional and a fan.

 

“For 25 years, they have dominated the rock scene,” he said.

“You’re incredibly lucky if you get just one band you work with who go supersonic – I had two.” Source

 

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Admission to the current exhibition of Tony’s work is free and ends on 25th February 2015.

Venue details: West End Centre,  Aldershot (For more information: www.westendcentre.co.uk or call 01252 408040).

RHCP First Performance of 2015!

A bit of a surprise to get up and see these photos this morning as I’d seen nothing on the websites I check or in the news feeds saying they were due to play. It seems that the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala which benefited the J/P Haitian Relief Organization yesterday (January 10th 2015).

Apparently they were the surprise performance of the evening which I guess is why so little was known about this in advance (other than Chad posting a photo of his drum kit shortly beforehand). Source

Clip of By The Way from Chad’s Instagram page: http://instagram.com/p/xtHtlsRo8-/

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A video posted by Chad Smith (@chadsmithofficial) on

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Sean Penn's Haitian Relief Party #redhotchilipeppers #red #seanpenn #haiti #moreenergythaniveeverseen

A video posted by Charleston Academy (@chs_academy) on


Many thanks to Shalhevet for the info!

2015 Begins with Chad!

And the first RHCP items this year come from the lovely Chad Smith! On 2nd January he preformed with the Nancy Atlas Project and there’s a video of him playing on (and briefly singing; about 3.50) a cover of Brandy:

 

 

There’s also a video of him playing with GE Smith for the next episode of the “Floating Bridge” on  Baeble Music’s Facebook page:

 

Thanks Shalhevet for the heads up on the second link!