Sirius XM have released a few extracts of Chad Smith and Flea talking to Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready, at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans a few weeks ago.
Update: Here’s the full interview:
Flea: I was listening to Prince a lot. He was a real big part of our development, my development.
Did you ever get to play with him?
Flea: I never did.
It would have been something like you guys would have crossed paths.
Flea: I never did. I never did. .Anthony hung with him I think once but in the pantheon of guys that we listen to a lot and stuff, especially like, because there’s few records ypu man we were so… Pre-Purple Rain, pre-1999 actually whatever the record is before that; Dirty Mind, Controversy. Like, what’s that 12” he put out? Time? In time? [Flea hums]
I kinda knew stuff a little bit after that. Sign of the Times was my record.
When is the new record coming out?
Flea: Soon. It was just mastered like yesterday.
The new single?
Flea: The new single is going to be called, ‘Go Robot’. And it’s a funny, funky, up-tempo jam. And it’s funny because when we were mixing and writing it and stuff …it was a real… I wanted it to sound like Controversy by Prince.”
Do you guys have any idea how integral and important you guys are to us as a band? And do you remember those early touring when we were with you?
Chad Smith: I do
And how important it was to us how cool you treated us. You know. And that’s just to me, I’m saying that but there are so many… [stumbles for words a bit] Stone wanting to play with Jack Irons to Jack Irons knowing Eddie to that whole thing.
Chad Smith: Umm. We have a connection. Yeah. We have a serious connection
But it could be said that we wouldn’t exist without the Chili Peppers
Chad Smith: No. Nah, nah, no…
In a lot of ways. It would be tough. We got to go out onto that tour with you, Blood Sugar Sex Magik when you guys were blowing up and you were super cool to us and introduced us to a whole way of this is how we do it. And now, you’re monitor Smity(?) is now our tour manager, Carey who was with Ratsound who was with Dave Rat…
Chad Smith: You poached all of our guys!
We poached all of your guys! Because they were all so good. You know?
Chad Smith: And they loved you. And I’m glad that it’s worked out as… you know?
Do you know how much we love you is what I’m trying to say?
Chad Smith: I do and it’s really nice for you to say that and you know, ummm…
Do you remember that tour of ’92?
Chad Smith: Yeah, I do!
Chad Smith: I do. It was a long time ago.
Chad Smith: We were young men. And I used to be crazier.
Chad Smith: Yup!
Chad Smith: Yeah. Well, we were young and like you say, music was kinda charging. But I remember but I don’t know if you know this is that we were getting ready to go on tour, we were rehearsing at this place called the Alley in the Valley that we used to play all the time. And Smashing Pumpkins were already on the bill. And it was like, I want to say it was not long before, maybe a month before or maybe less. I don’t know but maybe you would know because you would know when, like you’re like you’re going on tour. But, Flea came, we were looking for a third band to go on tour and we like arrrrr, what can it be or who or what? And Flea was like, Jack Irons is friends with this Eddie who sings in this new band and they’ve put their record out and it would be really cool, you guys listen to it as a favour …
I did not know this
Chad Smith: Maybe take them out as your opening band.
Chad Smith: S sure why not? I remember sitting around his car. He used to have this Mercedes that had every panel of his car painted a different colour.
Chad Smith: Flea yeah. Clown car. Very Subtle. Wouldn’t know who as going down… [laughter] ‘90? Or ’91 was it?
That wasn’t a soft model, maybe. for a Mercedes you’re saying. Wow!
Chad Smith: Wow. It was definitely a wow car! And I remember him hitting, I think it was a cassette. [mumbling]
It probably was, yes.
He puts a cassette in. We were all hanging out smoking cigarettes. After rehearsal and listened to like about 30 seconds. And we were like, that’s pretty good. Yeah, OK! [Laughter]
I’m gonna thank you right now for doing that!
Chad Smith: And that was it. Everyone was in a good mood that day!
Phew! I’m glad you guys all left rehearsal in a good mood. So you might of heard… I guess the record must have been out. It must have been out then or something. Was it [?] or was it a three song EP or something
Chad Smith: Literally. I don’t want to be disrespectful at all. But we listened to it.
I did not know that story
Chad Smith: That is a true story. That is a true story. And then you guys come out with us. And..
It was so much fun.
Chad Smith: We had a blast.
My god it was so fun!
Chad Smith: We all had fun!
So fun! It was our first big tour. You guys were like hitting [?] hard.We were just like playing to 25 people, for 50 people but it didn’t matter. We had 8 or 10 songs maybe. And then you guys were so cool to us. … What I thought is personally when we were starting to make it is when Anthony wore our hat one night. He wore a Pearl Jam hat and I was like, we’re starting to make it! Anthony’s wearing our hat!