Along with the couple of articles featuring Flea (post below), a lengthy article has come out featuring Chad Smith. It is a five page interview with Music Radar and discusses a number of things including Chad’s recent collaboration on ‘The Process’ album with Bill Laswell and Jon Batiste, his appearance at the Greenfield school as part of the Turnaround Arts program and there is also a comment about the new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album:
So what’s the status with the next Chili Peppers record? Where are you guys at with it?
“We’re writing our songs, and we’re really close to getting in to start recording. I think we’ll probably go up to December, do a little pre-production on ‘em, and then we’ll take a little Christmas break. I hope to be recording after the first of the year.
“We’ve probably worked up close to 30 songs. I don’t know if we’ll record all of them. I think last time we overdid it a little, so we’re trying to really hone in on the ones that’ll rise to the top. Maybe we’ll do a bit more pre-production so we can make sure the songs are the best they can be. Traditionally, we’ve always recorded 25 or 30 songs, so we’ll see. It won’t be 50 like last time. [Laughs] We always say, ‘Oh, we’re doing to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ and then it always turns into an epic fucking thing. This time, I thing we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity.” Source: Music Radar
Angra, Feli and Pamela at the Signing
So, yesterday and the signing of Fandemonium! The book signing was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with wristbands being available from 9 a.m. and was held at Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles. Originally the event was advertised as having Anthony Kiedis and photographer David Mushegain in attendance but during the day it was announced that more than one Red Hot Chili Pepper band member would be there! …
As it turned out, RHCP were represented by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Flea. David Mushegain was of course there (if you don’t know, Dave is the person at the table with a red bandana) and milling around in the background were several other recognizable faces including Chris Warren (Chad’s drum tech whom many of you will have seen playing on stage with the band during the ‘I’m With You’ tour concerts) and Anthony’s girlfriend, Helena Vestergaard.
Fan Photos of the Signing:
Many thanks to Feli for this video
A massive thank you to my friends, Angra, Feli and Pamela, who went yesterday and who have shared their photos and videos with us! Love you my RHCP sister and T-shirt Experiment girls! <3
Other photos I believe are by Brian Gove/WireImage.
If anyone else has info/photos/video of the event and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you!
UPDATED: Video added
Chad Smith visited the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities) on Thursday (13th November). There are photos of the event on the Turnaround Arts Facebook page:
The Monterrey Herald also has a large article on Chad’s visit to Mary Chapa School with several videos and photographs.
Chad Smith was at the premiere of the ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ movie that documents Glen Campbell’s final tour after the musician was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The premiere was held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on the 11th November, 2014. In the video clip, Chad explains that he wanted to be involved in the project because he grew up listening to Glen Campbell’s music as his own father was a big fan and that his father sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s himself, making the connection even more poignant.
In another piece of news, it’s been announced that Chad will attend the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California on Thursday as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities). The school is one of 35 schools in the US to be chosen for the project which identified schools that were deemed to need additional resources in order to help improve the overall educational experience of the pupils they taught. Chad will be speaking to the pupils and delivering art supplies and musical instruments. Source
“I just want to teach music to as many kids as I can and supply arts education,” he told Rolling Stone, noting that the funds will be used for a new building that will double the student capacity to well over 1,000. About 200 kids currently attend for free. “Arts are as important as athletics and academics. It’s the three A’s.” Source
News reports are beginning to come in for the fourth annual fundraiser held at Ron Burkle’s home for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The event raised a staggering $1.25 million for the Conservatory of Music and included performances by Rufus Wainwright and Bruno Mars. Paintings by artists such as Damian Hirst, Raymond Pettibon & Richard Prince (Flea made the winning bid on one of his pieces) were also sold at the event. All four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were present at the event with the evening being co-hosted by Anthony and Flea.
Read more at Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to Shalhevet for sourcing the Rolling Stone link.
Chad Smith has released a brief video of the band signing copies of the new Fandemonium book that is due on sale to the public shortly on his Instagram account:
For more information on Fandemonium please see our earlier post: Fandemonium by Dave Mushegain