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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Jim Leatherman Photographic Exhibition Featuring RHCP

The City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida, is hosting an exhibition of photographs spanning a thirty year period by photographer Jim Leatherman. The exhibition includes photos Leatherman took of the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

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In the front row, sweat-soaked victims braced themselves against stage-diving kicks to the face that caused noses and gums to gush. On stage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tore shirtless through songs off recently released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was 1987, Flea had maybe one tattoo, Hillel Slovak was still alive and Orlando photographer Jim Leatherman drove six hours to plant himself in this seedy part of Atlanta to watch the Chili Peppers’ bloody blossom. From the second story of the venue where Leatherman perched, his shutter snapped an overhead perspective of an intense shared experience – a memory that three years later, when the Chili Peppers played Visage Nightclub in Orlando, brought singer Anthony Kiedis to tears when Leatherman showed up with the photos.

“Timing is the most important thing for me,” Leatherman says. “I’m not just there to take a picture. I want to wait for the exact moment. I’m always looking through the viewfinder, always looking through the screen. Waiting, waiting, waiting.”

Leatherman approached the rock star and shyly gifted him the photos, planning to simply pass them on and then back off. (Note that while his camera intrudes fearlessly to catch intimate moments during pivotal performances, Leatherman’s social demeanor is humbly unobtrusive.) Instead, Kiedis barked for him to come closer, and the pair sat for nearly half an hour while Kiedis went through the photos and reflected on his friendship with original Chili Peppers guitarist Slovak, who had died between the Atlanta show and the Orlando date. According to Leatherman, Kiedis cried off and on during the exchange.

“At the time, Mother’s Milk had just come out, so [Red Hot Chili Peppers] were starting to get really big,” Leatherman says. “I just thought he would be this kind of weird, scary party dude that really wouldn’t give me the time of day, and he turned out to be the sweetest, most emotional guy that I’ll never forget. It was cool, and just to have somebody appreciate my pictures was even more cool.”

The exhibition runs from its opening today (April 16th 2015; exhibition opens at 6 p.m) until May 15th at the  City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.

Full story and source: Orlando Weekly

 

 

Jim Leatherman Photographic Exhibition Featuring RHCP

The City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida, is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Jim Leatherman spanning a thirty year period. The exhibition includes photos Leatherman took of the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

Jim-Leatherman-Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-Orlando-exhibition

In the front row, sweat-soaked victims braced themselves against stage-diving kicks to the face that caused noses and gums to gush. On stage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tore shirtless through songs off recently released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was 1987, Flea had maybe one tattoo, Hillel Slovak was still alive and Orlando photographer Jim Leatherman drove six hours to plant himself in this seedy part of Atlanta to watch the Chili Peppers’ bloody blossom. From the second story of the venue where Leatherman perched, his shutter snapped an overhead perspective of an intense shared experience – a memory that three years later, when the Chili Peppers played Visage Nightclub in Orlando, brought singer Anthony Kiedis to tears when Leatherman showed up with the photos.

“Timing is the most important thing for me,” Leatherman says. “I’m not just there to take a picture. I want to wait for the exact moment. I’m always looking through the viewfinder, always looking through the screen. Waiting, waiting, waiting.”

Leatherman approached the rock star and shyly gifted him the photos, planning to simply pass them on and then back off. (Note that while his camera intrudes fearlessly to catch intimate moments during pivotal performances, Leatherman’s social demeanor is humbly unobtrusive.) Instead, Kiedis barked for him to come closer, and the pair sat for nearly half an hour while Kiedis went through the photos and reflected on his friendship with original Chili Peppers guitarist Slovak, who had died between the Atlanta show and the Orlando date. According to Leatherman, Kiedis cried off and on during the exchange.

“At the time, Mother’s Milk had just come out, so [Red Hot Chili Peppers] were starting to get really big,” Leatherman says. “I just thought he would be this kind of weird, scary party dude that really wouldn’t give me the time of day, and he turned out to be the sweetest, most emotional guy that I’ll never forget. It was cool, and just to have somebody appreciate my pictures was even more cool.”

The exhibition runs from its opening today (April 16th 2015; exhibition opens at 6 p.m) until May 15th at the City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.

Full story and source: Orlando Weekly