RHCP Interview for RTL 102.5

Flea and Anthony Kiedis were interviewed for RTL 102.5 the other day. The interview is now online.  It’s in Italian but I’ve just received a translation of it into English!

The interview can be found HERE

Translation:

The speaker says how this is an absolutely exclusive interview, the only one for Italy, about “The Getaway”.

The interview took place in Paris on the 13th of June. He had to choose only two of the Peppers to speak with, and he asked for Anthony Kiedis and Flea. The other male speaker asks how the Peppers were feeling, he says that he found them really concentrated, really focused on this new album, that means a lot for them, that shows some changes, starting from the producer!

After Dark Necessities, he says something about the dazzling career of the band, reminding the two upcoming Italian concerts.

According to the interviewer ,the new album goes back in time even if the RHCP said goodbye to Rick Rubin and started to work with Danger Mouse. We can clearly feel purer sounds, Flea’s bass as the main character, a better sound articulation! Anthony answers that even if he respects his valid opinions, he doesn’t think that the album takes them back to the past, or better, there are some peculiar sonorities belonging to the past, but there’s a lot about future as well, it’s a kinda combination of those two sides. There’s a strong and rude power that can remind you of the old Red Hot, but in the new album we have brand new sounds, a new range of emotions and a brand new energy! Danger Mouse brought them a fresh and actual way of producing that let them reaching heady new lands. So, yes, there are some links with their past, but according to AK the whole album sounds really new!

The question after The Getaway, it’s about Flea writing his memories and how the band establishes their peculiar rhythm and sound on his bass. He kindly answers specifying that each one in the band is a part of the rhythm, not only him, even if he really appreciates his compliments. Than he says how writing the autobiography it taking a lot of time, considering that he’s writing on his own, with no help at all, and assuming that he’s involved in the creation of songs and in the development of the tour. He finds difficult, on side to make order in all his thoughts and memories, and on the other to produce something good, as he is a devote lover of literature since the very young age.

After Tell me Baby and By the Way, the interview goes on asking Anthony if it has been difficult to write and to record the new album. He says that it was, but in a good way. They learned so much during the recording, step by step, falling and rising. For example, Danger Mouse likes writing in studio, a thing that put pressure on them, ‘cause they have to do it! At the beginning it was really annoying, but Brian made them feeling each day more comfortable, he’s been able to show them that they can do something that they never expected they could really do in such a good way! And that is what a good producer does! He used to say to AK:”Come on, let’s sing an idea for this music!”leaving him like:”What?! Should I really do it now?! Can I just try?!” DM:”No, not trying! Just sing!”…for example, Go Robot’s vocal line went out in that way!

Then, the Interviewer asks Flea something that every RHCP fan desires to know! Does he express himself in such a crazy way (as he does on the stage) even in his personal life? He doesn’t seem, he maybe has got a deeper personality, just thinking about, for example, his passion for literature. So, are there two Fleas? He says that he’s the same person, but he distinguishes his public life from his personal life! He’s an entertainer, so when he express himself as an artist, he tries to do his best to entertain the audience. His personal life, is his personal life, even if he loves humanity. He think that the love that you’re able to feel shows what you truly are! But, of course, you’re also what you are and what people think you are, when they’re watching you on the tv or on their pc. He hopes that people, in their perception, love him, but he can’t control that!

The following question, is about the track called Dreams of Samurai, that feels like psychedelic, with Beatles’ ghosts in the atmosphere…we want to know if AK agrees with those impressions! He does! And he says thank you for noticing those intentions hidden in the song. He also says that Beatles’ ghosts are always welcome to join the party! Come on John Lennon, come on George Harrison! We’re always waiting for you! In the song there are also some background female vocals, from a Brian’s idea! The song has got an unusual timing, that for a long time made AK unable to compose a proper vocal line! It is not in 4/4 but he goes on in strange way, almost obsessive! One day, he figured out how to sing on it, and everything was alright! They definitely wanted to be more psychedelic, with that song, and he’s looking forward to play it live!

The radio plays Snow and Scar Tissue, and the interview goes on, asking Flea the meaning of The Getaway’s cover. He answers that it’s merely art, they make art! It is no didactic, not politic, it’s something ambiguous that people can interpret that can touch everyone in a different way! Definitions kill art! The most awful thing in the world, in Flea’s opinion, is that some people think that the only possible reading of the reality is theirs! There are a lot of different realities, and all of them deserve respect! But, back to the album cover, the girl is definitely Josh, the raven is definitely Anthony, the bear is definitely Chad and the raccoon is definitely Flea! Contradicting everything he said before!

The Getaway hosts such an unexpected collaboration, too! RHCP ft. Elton John! Anthony explains that it all begun when they composed the song called Sick Love! When they were listening at the final product, they observed sounds similar to the Elton John’s song, Bennie and the Jets, so they wanted to credit him, to pay him for his sounds. So they called Elton, explained him the situation and he offered by himself to join them in order to play the song! He’s funny, he’s warm, he’s humble…a true gentleman! He’s been through anything, and now he plays in our band!

The last question wants to enquire about the perception that the band has about the Italian fans, even if they’re followed worldwide! Anthony states that Italy is one of the best indicators of the quality of their works. It was proved when they recorded Californication, because they were in Italy on the day the album was released in the country, and AK heard few Italian guys, singing out loud Otherside inside their car, the very same day the album went out!! He thought it was impossible, but as he heard it, he felt really great about their new work, he understood it was a good one! So Italy is like a barometer (and he tries to say the italian word “barometro”), we know that if Italy likes what we’re doing, we’re doing a great job!

Thank you so much to Giorgia for translating this! It’s really appreciated :)

The Getaway Media Update 3

Finally a UK magazine (my collection has been feeling left out!) is running a review. The latest edition of Kerrang! (June 25th; issue 1625) has a full-sided review of The Getaway with the paint press release photo plus a snippet of the video interview they aired with Anthony Kiedis.

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Entertainment is also running a fairly lengthy interview with Anthony Kiedis in which he discussed working with Danger Mouse rather than Rick Rubin, Elton John playing on Sick Love, etc:

How have the Peppers maintained a fruitful working relationship for so long?
We never had any confusion that everything should be equal: the sharing of the work, the sharing of the money, the sharing of the joy, the sharing of the pain. That was a big step in the right direction for us having the potential for longevity, because so many bands break over “Hey, I wrote that!” We do love and respect each other; we do fight regularly. Our attitudes, our moods, and our egos clash — but we’ve been able to work it out. We’ve been able to roll with the punches. Flea and I are like brothers. I don’t think that relationship will ever end no matter what, because you can’t quit your brother. You just can’t.

 

 

There’s another German article HERE

And also an online video from Argentina:

The Getaway: More Media!

I guess it makes more sense to do the round up in a new post…

Five minute Video on Le Parisien TV; you can just make out Anthony’s replies in English- the video is in French and his replies are translated.

An article from Francais Express (in English) which talks about Anthony’s relationship with Helena Vestergaard ending and how he felt working with Elton John.

An article from Stern, Germany, with a brief video.

An article from Alternative Nation where Anthony talks about his sex life…

A video of Anthony’s Facebook Q & A session; not the whole thing as there were difficulties with the broadcast I believe:

Virgin Radio (Britain) Anthony Kiedis chats to Edith Bowman:

And I’ll add it here as well as the relevant post but here’s the video of the iHeart radio Launch party for The Getaway:

Many thanks to the A team!

06/2016 People Magazine

27-june-2016-people-magazinePeople-magazine-June-27-2016Scan and photo. Many thanks to Mary Clare for this :)

Transcript:

No.7: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

ROCK Anthony Kiedis and the gang reach back to the musical touchstones of a 33-year career-sing-along choruses, a fusion of cosmic funk and psychedelic rock—for their best album in ages. Standouts like the Prince-inspired “Go Robot” are all you need to get into summer party mode.

 

Anthony Kiedis Interview Radio 2

OK, the Chris Evans interview from Radio 2 (Britain) this morning. It’s online but I’m sure sure if you can listen worldwide as it’s on iPlayer. It starts about 2 hours and 8 mins in (begins with Dark Necessities).
Transcript:

Chris Evans Radio 2 Interview with Anthony Kiedis June 17th 2016

Guests: Anthony Kiedis, Nadiya Hussain, Toby Jones and Tom Odell

Starts with Dark Necessities playing.

Chris Evans: The Red Hot Chili Peppers with Dark Necessities. That’s out today along with the brand new Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Getaway. And joining us now from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we’ll just let his song finish then we’ll talk to him… Anthony Kiedis. Good morning, sir.
Anthony Kiedis: Good morning to you, sir.

Chris Evans: How are you?

Anthony Kiedis: I’m a little out of focus but I plan on coming to.

Chris Evans then talks about where the other guests come from…. So you’re in good company.

Anthony Kiedis: And Nadiya (one of the other guests on the show who replies she came in from Milton Keynes.) She looks very well rested.
All commenting on how good she looks. More comments about sleeping in Milton Keynes (an English town)

Chris Evans: So Anthony, we have the eleventh Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Now with a Chili Peppers’ album, it’s not so much what you get but what you don’t get because you always write far too many songs don’t you so what are we not getting this time?

Anthony Kiedis: You’re not getting the b-level tunes. Our most recent producer, Danger Mouse, was quite sure about that. So you’re getting the best of the best, the cream of the cream of what we have to offer.

Chris Evans: But the last album five years ago, you said you had a spare album’s worth of songs for that so where have they gone now?

Anthony Kiedis: We’ve put them out on singles and weird little packages that only the real vinyl-philes care about.

Chris Evans asks the other guests if they know about Danger Mouse and says it’s a gang of people.
Anthony Kiedis: No, it’s one intellectual individual.

Chris Evans: Oh, I thought it was like three in Danger Mouse.

Anthony Kiedis: No, just one guy working the job of three men (CE interrupts a couple of times)

Chris Evans: … So when Danger Mouse, he who must be obeyed, says I don’t like this one, what do you do? Do you have a fight or a vote, do you go out or what do you do?

Anthony Kiedis: We kind of let go.

Other guests interrupt with comments about having a Bake Off [Nadiya ‘won’ a baking competition here called the ‘Great British Bake Off’.].

Anthony Kiedis: When you hire a guy like that, you hire him for his opinions and his direction and if you fight him it’s kind of pointless so at a certain point you’re like, well. I’m an artist and I get very attached to my own little ditties and maybe they’re not all that and I should move forward.

Chris Evans: Have you always been like that like that…

Anthony Kiedis: We used to fight to the death [CE interrupts: Back in the day] but we tried the experiment, rolled the dice and like we got.

Chris Evans: But you’re 53 now [comments about how good he looks].

Nadiya: I didn’t recognise him with his shirt on… but usually it’s the shirt off.

Anthony Kiedis: I could say the same about you.

Laughter. Chris Evans: …So you’re the eldest here.

Anthony Kiedis: Am I the eldest in this entire building?

Chris Evans: No… [talks about some other people]. …What does the 53 year old Anthony Kiedis write like compared to the 21 year old when you kicked off. Are you still writing about the same things?

Anthony Kiedis: No, not so much. The energy is still similar because I saw some old footage of us when we were in France that they’d dredged up out of God knows where and I was like, the energy is still there. You know, the collective love for music and poetry and just the brotherhood of sound. And it’s still kind of flowing through me and I attribute that to the team.

Chris Evans: But you’re still writing about girls though, aren’t you?

Anthony Kiedis: Well, heartbreak never ends, does it?

Chris Evans: Oh, nicely put.

Anthony Kiedis: It just doesn’t. [Chris Evans interrupts again] It just doesn’t.

Chris Evans: And this is tired. Imagine what he’s like if he’s had some sleep.

Anthony Kiedis: But, err, maybe the angle or the prison (?) that you see these through changes over time?

Chris Evans: Same story, different point of view

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah. Different point of view

Chris Evans:  Like that a lot. Now all great bands. You’re talking about Coldplay, you’re talking about U2 , The Beatles, have their own sound and I think that’s what makes a band great. And you have such a distinctive sound…

Anthony Kiedis: Thank you.

Chris Evans: When was that born? Did you go into the studio and thought, oh, this is the sound, this is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sound?

Anthony Kiedis: We didn’t think about it but we never wanted to sound like anybody else.

Chris Evans: How do you do that though?

Anthony Kiedis: We grew up in high school together and we all brought something different to the table. My guys studied music from a young age and I did not so I think, like, adding the idiot to the table of very talented musicians gave us a unique rub.

Chris Evans: Bono’s like that, is the poet, lyricist… But you are like that. You were always writing poems as a kid but your band mates were trumpeting, classical piano and all of that stuff, weren’t they?

Anthony Kiedis: Exactly. They started off young wanting to study but I didn’t want to get into that but we found if you added this person to that mix, you got us.

Chris Evans:  But I’m intrigued about you not wanting to sound like anyone else… If you try to be original, that’s the last thing you end up being.

Anthony Kiedis: Fair enough

Chris Evans: [You just have to be it. All talk about adding the idiot to the equation and Tom has his own sound]…

Goes into Tom Odell playing a song. At the end, Chris Evans asks Anthony Kiedis what he thinks:

Anthony Kiedis: Good song… We made some eye contact… It was a moment.

Tom: I never thought I’d be singing that song in front of Anthony from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Anthony Kiedis: that was cool. Thank you.

Chatter

Anthony Kiedis: So you’ve been playing for a while?

Tom: Yes, since I was seven.

Guests talk about how assured Tom is and then discuss how playing a musical instrument gets you the girls. Decide the piano is the thing to learn…

Chris Evans: But Anthony’s never struggled, it has to be said.

Anthony Kiedis: You know, Paul McCartney’s dad told him that when he was a kid. “Son, play the piano and when you go to parties, the girls will come to you.”

All agree.

Anthony Kiedis: He started off on the piano… In the Beatles [after a comment about PM playing bass], he did play the bass…Tell that to Lemmy.

Tom talks about following Lemmy & Motorhead on stage at a concert…. Leads to comment by Chris Evans saying Lemmy turned up to do an interview with a flight case of tequila:

Anthony Kiedis: You were impressed.

More chatter.

Anthony Kiedis: They’ve just immortalised him at the Rainbow Bar and Grill by re-naming the lounge the Lemmy Lounge… on Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Comments about needing to go there.

Tom (?): They’ve changed the entire Rainbow name?

Anthony Kiedis: Not the entire name. They’ve changed the lounge which didn’t used to have a name and is now the Lenny Lounge.

Talk about being there… Goes abruptly into an advert and then the traffic news.

Chris Evans: We’re about to say goodbye to Anthony Kiedis. The single and album out today. Just before you go Anthony…

Anthony Kiedis: Yes…

Chris Evans: How good has rock ‘n’ roll been to you? Has it looked after you?

Anthony Kiedis: It’s been as good to me as gardening has been to the Queen.

Laughter

Chris Evans: Where did that come from?

Anthony Kiedis: Don’t know. I’m impressed with a 90 year old woman who’s still out and about.

Chris Evans: Talks about it being a big week for her with her birthday last week and it being Royal Ascot [a racing event where horses are made to compete and each year some die which is allegedly entertaining... Sorry I’m being political again!] this week. Chris Evans talks about her getting her energy from her mum (think she lived to 101?!! It was over 100.]

Anthony Kiedis: Nothing from her dad?

Chris Evans: Nothing from her dad but her love of racing from her mum.

Anthony Kiedis: Oh, OK. The love of racing, yeah.

Chris Evans talks about the Queen Mum and racing.

Anthony Kiedis: I hear there’s a race horse out there called the Red Hot Filly Pepper.

Chris Evans: Well, let’s find out if it’s running today… Listen Anthony, it’s a great to have you here. We all love you. We absolutely love you and your band.

Anthony Kiedis: The love is mutual. Thank you for having me.

Chris Evans: Mentions him paying the summer festivals.

Anthony Kiedis: All summer long; we’ll be playing the festivals. We’ll be Reading, we’ll be Leeds, we’ll be around.

Chris Evans: All good….thank you

Anthony Kiedis: Nice to meet you all. Beautiful singing (to Tom)

Ends with comments by guests about [Anthony’s] top being on.

Ends with Ace of Spades by Motorhead.

 

 

RHCP Tour 2016: France (TV Show Concert)

studios-sfp-rhcpCredit: Henrik Lewandowski

UPDATED: Full show can be seen HERE

RHCP was recorded performing in France on Tuesday  for a TV show which was shown today.

Live Performance Date: 14th June 2016

TV release: 16th June 2016 on Canal+

Location: Studios SFP .

 

Set List:

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Source

Interview

Dark Necessities
Give It Away
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We Turn Red
The Longest Wave
Nobody Weird Like Me
The Getaway
Go Robot
By The Way

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