Chad Smith ‘The Process’

Chad Smith  is set to release a new album that sees him collaborating with Jon Batiste and Bill Laswell along with other special guest appearances. The album is called ‘The Process’ and is due out on November 4th. The recording came as a result of a series of jamming sessions while Chad lived in New York that have developed into a full album which he describes as “avant-tribal-funk.”


Full story on Wondering Sound including some sample tracks.

RHCP: Israel

Anthony kiedis RHCP arrives in Jerusalem September 2012

Anthony Kiedis and RHCP arrived in Israel for their concert at Hayarkon Park.

The decision to play Israel by the band sparked a lot of controvery online with even a Palestinian group set up calling for the Chili Peppers to cancel the concert and it seems that the controversy is continuing in a different way as things don’t seem to be getting off to a brilliant start for Anthony Kiedis in the country; a local TV station is running an item on the arrival of the Red Hot Chili Peppers including footage of a brief altercation between Anthony and a camera man working for an Israeli TV station.

The article accompanying the video suggests that the vocalist was nervous but it seems more likely that he was annoyed by the man filming him while trying to enjoy the view from a viewing platform (a woman who was standing close to Anthony also walked off seemingly annoyed so maybe that was a factor too?) as Anthony can be just about heard saying something about a “nice welcome” in a sarcastic tone before going over to the camera man and appearing to punch the camera (from the comments made; the footage at this point is of the floor rather than what is happening) resulting in a brief argument between the two men.

Anthony is persuaded to get into the car by others around him while Dave Mushegain (AK’s close friend and RHCP photographer for the forthcoming fan based book) tells the cameraman repeatedly that he’s “done” filming.



Many thanks to Shalhevet & Ana for sourcing the links. News report with video link HERE

Frusciante NOT with RHCP at Hall of Fame Induction

An interview with Chad Smith for Billboard, that’s just been released, has confirmed that John Frusciante will not be appearing with the other Red Hot Chili Peppers members when RHCP is inducted into the Rock in Rock Hall of Fame; he also confirms that Anthony Kiedis is on the mend and that the band are preparing for the release of another single off I’m With You:

That said, Smith expects the group to be on the road for most of the rest of this year. With Kiedis “on the mend,” the Chili Peppers hit the road again on March 29 in Tampa, Fla., before heading to Europe in June, with some U.S. make-up dates in August and in the fall. So a new album certainly isn’t likely until the end of 2013 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers are also prepping for the release of a another single from “I’m With You” (“Brendan’s Death Song”) as well as the group’s April 14 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith says the group, which on that night will also include past drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez, will perform at the ceremony as well as host a private party the night before the inductions. Guitarist John Frusciante, however, will not be attending.

“He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect,” Smith says. “We asked him… He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”

But, Smith adds, that won’t dampen the celebration in Cleveland. “I’m very pleased about it,” he says. “Music’s not a competition. Yeah, you like to win Grammys and stuff, but (the Rock Hall) is different. It’s not like the flavor of the month or the flavor of the year; it’s for a long career we’ve been fortunate enough to have. I’m very humbled, because the people who are in there…it’s not a joke. It’s very cool. So we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun thing. There’s no pressure, like, ‘Are we gonna win?,’ none of that s***. We can just go and have a good time and celebrate with our friends and our families and our fans.”

Read the full Billboard article HERE 

Thanks to Ana and Andjelka for the heads up on this article.

Look Around!

Look Around is the latest song to be chosen as a single from RHCP’s I’m With You album and two videos have now been released to accompany the song-one the actual music video and the other a behind the scenes look (both below).

The video is based upon four rooms; one for each of the four band members. Each room roughly reflects the band member it belongs too and includes their own art and belongings among the props! The band performed with each person mostly confined to their own room although Anthony Kiedis dances through the rooms at various times. It was filmed in the round in just four takes! The video was directed by Robert Hales. Source

Anthony’s Room:

BTW Anthony’s son Everly bear appears in the video too!

 Chad Smith’s Room:

Flea’s Room:

Josh Klinghoffer’s Room:

Here’s the behind the scenes video:


Look around Video:

Many thanks to everyone who’s sent me links :D


Anthony Kiedis Operation & US Tour Dates Rescheduled

Photos came out yesterday showing anthony Kiedis attending a Lakers game walking on crutches and with a cast on his foot; more information has come out today…

RHCP drummer, Chad Smith, has tweeted about Anthony’s injury:

“Ak had surgery mon.on his foot so he’s out for 8 weeks..our sincere apologies for the inconvience. ALL u.s. dates have been rescheduled.”

More information and rescheduled tour dates have been posted on page:

“Red Hot Chili Peppers regret to announce that they must postpone the start of their upcoming U.S. tour due to multiple foot injuries sustained by Anthony Kiedis. Anthony recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery.”


Tickets for the postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

Old Date    New Date      City                           Venue

01/20         04/02             Sunrise, FL               Bank Atlantic Center*

01/21         03/31             Orlando, FL              Amway Arena*

01/23         03/29             Tampa Bay, FL         Tampa Bay Times Forum

01/25         04/06             Charlotte, NC           Time Warner Cable Arena

01/27         04/04             Raleigh, NC              RBC Center*

01/28         04/07             Columbia, SC           Colonial Life Arena*

01/30         04/10             Duluth, GA               Gwinnett Center*

01/31         04/09             Greensboro, NC       Greensboro Coliseum

02/03         04/12             Memphis, TN            FedEx Forum*

02/04         10/04             New Orleans, LA      New Orleans Arena*

02/17         08/14             Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena*

02/18         08/15             Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena*

02/26         08/11             Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center*

02/27         08/12             Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center*

02/29         09/23             San Diego, CA          Valley View Casino Center*

03/02         09/25             Glendale, AZ    Arena

03/04         09/27             Denver, CO               Pepsi Center*

03/06         09/29             San Antonio, TX        AT&T Center*

03/08         10/20             Houston, TX              Toyota Center*

03/09         10/02             Dallas, TX                 American Airlines Center*

03/13         10/24             Tulsa, OK                  BOK Arena

03/15         10/22             Oklahoma City, OK   Chesapeake Arena

03/16         10/25             Little Rock, AR          Verizon Arena

 Source Many thanks to Andjelka for the update.

On behalf of everyone at &, I would like to wish Anthony a speedy recovery. Get better soon!

RHCP in Rolling Stone Magazine

There is a brief mention of RHCP in Rolling Stone Magazine (19th January, 2012) where Anthony Kiedis talks about the Chili Peppers inclusion into the Hall of Fame and remembers Hillel Slovak:

Anthony Kiedis refers to Hillel Slovak in article about band's inclusion into Cleveland Hall of Fame


Red Hot Chili Peppers

For the Chilis, the induction is a chance to celebrate original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a drug overdose in 1988. “He was a beautiful person that picked up a guitar in the 1970s and didn’t make it out of the 1980s,” says Anthony Kiedis. “Now he’s being honoured for his beauty.”

In the same magazine there is a photo of the band:


Chilis Catch Fire

“These are some of the best shows we’ve ever done,” says Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. “We’re fucking shit up!” The Chilis’ world tour (singer Anthony Kiedis and drummer Chad Smith shown performing in Turin, Italy in December) hits the U.S. this month- and on April 14th, they join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Because we’re in such an exciting place right now,” says Flea, “getting acknowledged for our career has a lot of meaning.”

Many thanks to Melanie Owens for sharing this.

RHCP I’m With You Stage

Ret Hot Chili Peppers have a brand new stage set for their current I’m With You tour and RHCP Brazil decided to find out more; they’ve very kindly translated their original article into English and shared the information, interview and photos they have with us.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have started an epic world tour using the very best in the entertainment industry and a very experienced technical team.

Started in Germany on 07th October, the world tour for the new album “I’m With You” has a huge LED Backdrop panels made ??with V28 LSI Saco, a band’s logo drawn on the floor made with 30mm LED from Tait Towers and eight impressive chandeliers that move  and expand itself giving dynamism, depth and a three-dimensional performance.

The new stage has an octagonal shape as a base, from the logo of the band on the stage to the trussing and was fully designed by United Visual Artists (or UVA), studio based in London and intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation.

The RHCP Brazilian website  talked to David Bajt, d3 projects leader (UVA’s own software which you will understand more below), and he told many details about the new stage, that although it seems to be a very complex construction, it only takes 2 hours to build it up in those rooms.

 Did you receive some briefing from RHCP management to build the stage or the whole creation was 100% by UVA?

It was pretty much 100% UVA design, but of course it had to be realistic in terms of touring, and the band had to like it too.

 What are the sizes of the screens used at this stage?

Backdrop: 17.92m wide, 6.72m high

Floor: 21m wide, 12m.

Chandelier: 3.024m wide and high (closed), 9m high + trussing = approx. 10.5m high

 Are LED Backdrop and chandeliers’ resolution the same? What’s their resolution?

Every chandelier has the resolution 336×336

The backdrop has the resolution 640×240

The floor has the resolution 700×400

 There are 8 chandeliers, how they were built? Are they made using LED or another specific material?
The LED for the chandeliers are made of SACO v9 panels provided by Nocturne PRG. The chandeliers themselves has been built and engineered by Tait Towers. All movements are controlled by the Tait Navigator system, which sends all position, rotation and expansion data to d3 which automatically maps content onto them, regardless if they are open, closed or rotated.

 Do they stay only above the band or they also move towards above the audience?

The screens stay on top of the band, as they form one design together with the floor and the backdrop.

 I’ve seen the chandeliers expanding in some music and it looked like it was being opened above each tip of the asterisk. How does it work? Was it inspired on that screen created by Barco for U2 that expands as well?

We used the band’s logo as a key for the design – it’s on the floor, and the screens above the band reflect this in a more abstract way. Expanding screens are not new, but you don’t often see them in this versatile way. They expand using motors at the very top and very bottom of every chandelier, and all the tracking data goes into d3. d3 is our home-made integrated production toolkit, we (UVA) use it for all our installations. Using d3 we can pre-visualize the show in 3d, and use it to sequence all the content / kinetics. During the show we use it to control the video content, screens movements and live camera feeds. Both U2 and this RHCP show use 360 screens, so in that sense it is similar, although the feel to the whole show is very different. U2 also use our d3 system, so that is similar too!

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 What’s the speed they move?

It’s quick! It takes about 20 sec to go from completely closed to completely expanded.

 About lights, animation and screen movement: Is it everything automatic? Or who is in charge to control everything? Once I heard about a control called GrandMA, I don’t know much about this product but is it used?

Yes, the video operator (Leif Dixon) and the lighting designer (Scott Holthaus) both use GrandMa desks, which are used a great deal in the live music industry, usually to control the lighting. There are a lot of things going on during a big show like this – screen movements, video content, lights – and all these elements might all have their own system behind it. We successfully integrated d3 with a GrandMA for the first time, meaning that you can use the GrandMA desk to jump to the next cue in video content, for example. This gives the show controllers a lot more flexibility.

 The data from the screen positions comes into d3 automatically, but many of the screen positions and configurations have been programmed in during the production rehearsals. As soon as we get the set list from Anthony Kiedis (this is usually only 15 min before the show) we tell ‘Motion Rob’ who controls the screens to match the screen positions with the content of the songs. The lights and the video are ‘cue-based’, the video operator uses a GrandMa desk to jump to the next cue in d3’s timeline. The band is jamming and adding/reducing bars a lot so it’s impossible to use Midi timecode or similar. This is a real punk-rock band that improvises a lot, so a completely pre-made show would never fit with their musical spontaneity.

 About animation and lighting design process, were they made after the stage had been completely finished or was everything planned together?

Some content was planned during the design process but the lighting was sequenced during the production rehearsals. The good thing with d3 is that you can simulate all the video design months before the show opens! These animations were sent to the management and the band for approval.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 Some people complained about the fact there is no screen with live images of the band playing, that it could be good for those who are very far from stage. Why do all images have effects? Is it some RHCP decision to avoid illegal video on the internet?

This depends on the show, all of them are different – the ones in London and Germany for instance had a lot of real time camera with and without effects, but maybe you saw a different one?

 Who had the idea to make the RHCP logo on the floor using LED? What kind of material have you used to make a great visual effect and also to uphold all equipment above?

It was our idea here at UVA. We only specified the architectural shapes, screen movements, and the requirements of the LED screens (brightness, pixel pitch) and of course specifying how the lighting trusses would be designed. For example you can see that the 3 lighting trusses inside the chandeliers follow the same shape as the logo. It’s all been thought about very thoroughly, you have to when you are working on this scale. Tait Towers, who are specialized in building stages, made sure everything was engineered properly and the whole set works.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 But the band put a carpet on stage so it’s almost impossible to see the asterisk, do you know why? Is the surface too flat or smooth?

It’s a very practical and personal reason: Anthony Kiedis has some trouble with his knees, so for some shows they had to put a soft carpet on the floor to accommodate this. This will be replaced with a transparent screen though so the logo is fully visible. The band really like it – in fact Chad requested the elevated drum stage he’s on to be a mesh (it wasn’t at first) so he could see the floor better!

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 How much weight each video screen has? How much tons approximately has the entire stage?

We don’t know, sorry.

 How do you make this transportation from one country to another?

There’s 5-6 big trucks shipping all the kit and another 5-6 tour buses transporting staff.

 How long does it take to build the entire stage on the show? There are bands that have more than one set in the next town they’d be playing in order to build it up in time, is it necessary to RHCP?

As designers, we only come up with the idea and how to get it built – so we don’t actually build up the stage. However, RHCP tour management have a very experienced and professional team that tour with the Peppers and build up the stage for their show. We know it only takes approximately 2 hours to build the entire stage!! so this is why they can travel and do a show somewhere else every day. 

 In terms of logistic, how difficult and expensive can be to bring this stage to Brazil?

Sorry, we don’t know this one either. This is part of the band’s management.

 For next year that will have outdoor gigs, stadiums and big arenas, will they use the same stage?

Yes, at least for the US part of the tour. We are not sure what will happen next, this would be up to the band’s management.

 All this structure is special for RHCP or it’ll be commercial line in the future?

Featuring the RHCP logo, it’s made especially for RHCP, so it won’t be seen anywhere else.

 What are the other bands that UVA works for?

We’ve designed the stages (and content) for bands like Massive Attack and Jay-Z but our production toolkit d3 is used by many bands including U2, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Robbie Williams, Battles, George Michael and many more.

 Thank you

More Photos

Credits to: James Medcraft

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Many thanks to Altair at RHCP Brazil  for sharing this amazing information and for translating it into English too! The original article, in Portuguese, can be seen HERE for anyone interested.

RHCP Photos Torino December 10th 2012

Venue: Palaolimpico Torino Italy

Date: Saturday 10th December 2011

I’ve just added over 220 photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing atTorino/ Turin, Italy at the end of last year. Sorry there’s been a delay due to real life issues but I’ve finally done it… Here are a few examples, hope you enjoy :)


Note: The lighting at the concert wasn’t brilliant for taking photos; I took over 700 trying to catch the right conditions and have uploaded about 300 of those to my two websites- the quality of the uploaded ones does vary but I’ve added so many photos to give a real taste of the concert.

Full RHCP at Torino Gallery

And for anyone interested: Anthony Kiedis Gallery at Torino December 2011 on