Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Release of ‘Dark Necessities’

So today is THE day! I’m not working today so will keep hunting for news when I’m around although I guess most of it will be late afternoon/this evening by my local time here in England due to time differences and typically I have two children in two different places and a meeting to go to so I’ll be racing around!

If you’re on Facebook, I’ve set up a post on there asking people to update if they hear anything on local radio stations about play times, hear the song or find real links (e.g. there’s a fake already doing the rounds right now) to the song online as a way if sharing information quickly. People are welcome to comment on here too although your comment might have to be approved (the FB page will be instant).

Dark Necessities Facebook Comment post

Information so Far:

Radio Station DC 101 is stating online that they the world premiere at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone) but any other information will be useful! DC 101 Listen live LINK

And Chad posted this a couple of hours ago:



I’ve just uploaded photos of the program from last night’s charity fundraiser, the Red Hot Benefit Concert, Music & & Quinceanera. I’ve added transcripts of the main text too. There’s a photo of RHCP, Anthony Kiedis and Flea are listed on the Silverlake page along with the above picture of Flea and obviously several pages feature Chad Smith since he and Will Ferrell were the hosts of the event. 

The full program with transcript of the main text can be seen HERE


The Red Hot Benefit Comedy & Quinceanera


Last night (April 29th 2016) saw the Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music & Quinceanera take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Beneficiaries from the event included Cancer for College and The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

The evening centered around the drumming talents of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ own Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell returning to the theme of their drum-off on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ back in 2014 for a re-match.

The Drum-Off Between Chad Smith & Will Ferrell @ the Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music & Quinceanera, April 29th 2016


This video starts with some of the pre-show warm up trivia, some interviews and then swaps to footage of the actual 2016 show (about 11 minutes in) which begins with a clip from the original drum off with Jimmy Fallon. The new drum off them takes place with guest appearances by drummers including Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Tommy Lee (from the late, great Motley Crue but who only clapped rather than play the drums). It concluded with Mick Fleetwood playing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ accompanied by a marching band, the USC Trojans (who looked more like Roman centurions than anything Troy related but what does this English girl know?!).

There was also other entertainment including Devo and a brief set by RHCP…

The Red Hot Chili Peppers @ the Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music & Quinceanera, April 29th 2016


Credit: Dave Rat


Set List:

Can’t Stop




By The Way

Encore: Higher Ground

UPDATE: This video shows the whole show; some from back stage and there are clips of the person who took it and side views too but it gives those of us who weren’t there a better idea of what happened!


Please note: Videos and photos are only really starting to come out now. I will update if there’s anything else :)

Many thanks to Angra who was my LA reporter once again! And Shalhevet for extra information.

Chad Smith to Guest at Adopt the Arts Evening 2016


ADOPT THE ARTS is holding an evening to honour 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) with a live benefit concert and auction to raise money for the Los Angeles Unified School District which supports arts and music education. It will take place on Thursday, May 12 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith is one of the listed special musical guests.

ADOPT THE ARTS: Benefit Concert and Auction

(6126 Hollywood Boulevard)

  • 5:30pm – Media check-in, set up on red carpet.
  • 6:00pm – Red carpet begins in front of The Fonda Theatre.
  • 7:15pm – Red carpet ends.
  • 7:30pm – ADOPT THE ARTS concert begins


  • General: $40 (standing room only)
  • General: $75 (seated)
  • VIP Tickets: $275, VIP Table for 10: $2,500
  • Meet and Greet VIP Tickets: $500
  • Meet and Greet VIP Table for 10: $4,500

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE

RHCP at Jazzfest

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played the headlining set at Jazzfest, New Orleans yesterday (24th April, 2016).



01 Can’t Stop
02 Dani California
03 Scar Tissue
04 Ethiopia
05 Aeroplane
06 Snow ((Hey Oh))
07 Right On Time
08 Universally Speaking
09 The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
10 Higher Ground
11 Under The Bridge
12 Suck My Kiss
13 Magic Johnson (tease)
14 Californication
15 By The Way

16 Around The World
17 Give It Away

 (Thanks to Henrik!)



George Porter Jr., Ziggy Modeliste and Ivan Neville from The Meters joined RHCP for a jam at the end of the concert.


The New Orleans Advocate



Full show



Parallax: Chad Smith’s Art Show

UPDATED: A few more photos added

Last night Chad Smith’s art collection debut was held at Mr Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. The collection, featuring thirteen works, is called Parallax and was created with special drumsticks and light to create rhythms that were transferred ultimately to canvas. Each work was named by Chad and is available in limited release. Some of the proceeds are benefiting Camp Korey which helps support children (and their families) with serious illnesses.

Many thanks to Angra & Linda for these photos from the event!

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For anyone interested in finding out more who couldn’t attend last night, here’s the direct link to the collection and sales information: Chad Smith Art

Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music + Quinceanera

As I’ve not posted on this yet and I’m playing catch up from my holiday running around LA and various other places in western USA, here goes…


Chad Smith and Will Ferrell are teaming up again this time to host a “Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music + Quinceanera” (and if you were wondering what a ‘quinceanera’ is as I was, apparently it’s a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in Latin American communities… OK!). It takes place on 29th April, 2016, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Beneficiaries include Cancer for College and The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. It will include a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Devo has been also been added to the bill along with comedians Jim Gaffigan and Nick Offerman

Cancer for College is a charity started by a friend of Will  Ferrell and as most of you know, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a non-profit organisation promoting music education and was the brainchild of RHCP’s very own Flea (with other members of RHCP being involved along the way too).

RHCP & The Parker Foundation Launch for The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Gala

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played at last night’s (April 13, 2016) gala at the Sean Parker and The Parker Foundation Launch for The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Gala in Los Angeles. Apparently they played Can’t stop, Otherside, Californication and By The Way.



I’ve just embedded a selection of photos- there are looks more on the Getty Images website

(Many thanks to my friend for the information).