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Chili Peppers to Tour UK in October!

Red Hot Chili Peppers finally line up UK dates and ‘beautiful and powerful’ new album.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will tour the UK in October, Mayhem can exclusively reveal!

According to sources in the UK, the band are already in the process of booking the dates although no shows have yet been confirmed.

In the meantime, the Chilis are currently wrapping up work on their long-awaited, as-yet-untitled new album with producer Rick Rubin in the Sound Factory studio, Los Angeles. The foursome- vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith– have kept the whole project tightly under wraps but Mayhem understands that they’ve finished recording all the tracks, and are now mixing the final six songs!

The album is scheduled for release on September 11, and not in August, as has been reported elsewhere. However, the band’s UK record company, Warner Bros, are anticipating that the release will be moved back to tie in with the British shows.

In any event, the new Chili album will still be more than a year late in emerging. Indeed, the whole recording process has apparently been fraught with drama and tension, with rumours repeatedly circulating that various band members have been in and out of rehab clinics at one stage or another.

Whatever, the Chilis recently broke their media silence in the US when they spoke to ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. They revealed that their new material is ‘darker and deeper’ than anything they’ve done in the past.

“This is the most emotionally diverse record we’ve ever made,” says Flea.

While Kiedis, referring to the painfully protracted period the band have spent working on the set, adds; “I’ve been on a blistering rollercoaster ride of mental health ups and downs… It’s been a tragic and miraculous struggle of love to get this record done. But for us, that’s what it takes to make beautiful and powerful pieces of work.”

Among the tracks set for inclusion are ‘The Melancholy Mechanics of My Mind’ (which details Kiedis’ ‘mental health’ battles), ‘River’ (which is about the death of actor River Phoenix, a close friend of Flea’s), and ‘My Friends’.

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