More from UCLA Spring Sing…

Another brief clip of Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer preforming ‘By The Way’ has been posted:


The Daily Bruin is also running a feature saying that the guys played ‘Otherside’, ‘By The Way’ (both confirmed with videos that have been posted) and a cover of “If You Want Me To Stay” by Sly and The Family Stone which hasn’t been confirmed:

Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a political science student at UCLA from 1980 to 1981, was presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the UCLA Alumni Association even though he said that receiving awards can be detrimental to inspiration.

“A lot of successful songwriters start off having a great connection to life and the awards start coming and suddenly they have nothing to say,” Kiedis said. “But I am grateful to (the UCLA Alumni Association) for pointing out someone who writes songs.”

After Kiedis’ speech, he brought fellow bandmate and guitarist Klinghoffer on stage to perform Red Hot Chili Peppers songs “Otherside” and “By The Way,” and a cover of “If You Want Me To Stay” by Sly and The Family Stone. Their performance earned a standing ovation from the audience.

Acoustic Performance by Josh And Anthony at UCLA Spring Sing

RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer were at the UCLA Spring Sing last night (16th May) where Anthony received the  UCLA Student Alumni Association annual ‘George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement’  for 2015. The first clue that there was to be a live element came with a post showing the two rehearsing:

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The two performed an acoustic set including ‘Otherside’ and ‘By the Way’:

‘By the Way’ clip

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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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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

 

 

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

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Many thanks to Shalhevet for the info!

Charity Surfboards by Flea and Anthony Kiedis for Auction

A Benefit for Surfers Healing Foundation

Dates: Saturday, November 22 through December 31, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction is holding a fundraiser to benefit Surfers Healing Foundation which is a “foundation that seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing”.

Both Flea and Anthony Kiedis have contributed to this event.

Anthony’s Board:

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Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle. Izzy Paskowitz’s father was ‘Doc’ Dorian Paskowitz and that is who Anthony is referring to in his artwork and dedication. He was a surfing pioneer and legend. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. (You can find out more about him in his book, ‘Surfing and Health’). SONY DSC

Online auction link to Anthony’s surfboard: HERE. Flea’s Board: ???????? Bidding link to Flea’s surfboard:  HERE

You have two days left to bid on both of these surfboards if you are interested!

Thanks to Shalhevet for the link and to Anne for the additional link & info on ‘Doc’ Paskowitz.