Flea Jams with Nile Rodgers

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A  Grammy week event honoring Nile Rodgers was held at the Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday (4th February 2915)  by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy and RHCP’s very own Flea joined in with the performance. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist jammed on a session that included covers of  Chic’s “Le Freak” &  “Good Times” plus Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” that also saw Kathy Sledge joining them on stage to provide vocals.

“We’d never played together, I swear to you it’s the truth. We met in Germany… The Chili Peppers were on tour and I was working with the Symphony Orchestra and they played the gig in the joint the night before us and we were playing the next day and I said ‘Flea do you  just wanna come down and jam and he was like, ‘What are we going to play?’ ‘And I was like, I don’t care.’ And he was like, ‘So what if we make mistakes?’ And I was like, ‘Well cool…” Nile Rodgers

Danger Mouse to Produce New Album?

Lots of news sites are picking up on Flea’s deleted tweet yesterday (see post below) where he said the producer of the new album would be Danger Mouse. Most are saying little new e.g. this from Consequence of Sound:

Red Hot Chili Peppers are the latest group of high-profile rockers to enlist the talents of super producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse.

In a since deleted tweet, Chili Peppers bassist Flea confirmed Danger Mouse as the previously mentioned “unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music.”

“The new album is shaping up good,” drummer Chad Smith explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “We’ve done the ‘guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once’ thing. And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band. We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Source

Similar articles can be found in DIY Magazine & Radio 104.5

 

Letting the Mouse out of the Bag?

The mystery of the vanishing tweet… deleted-tweet-flea-danger-mouse Apparently Flea posted the above tweet saying “‘Bout to start recording. Danger mouse producing… Let’s hang soon”  a few hours ago. However, the tweet was removed very soon afterwards. Danger Mouse is a music producer & song writer who is best know for being part of the Gnarls Barkley duo. He has worked with artists as like Beck, Jack White and Norah Jones.

Many thanks to Alessandro for letting me know about this on the Facebook page :)  Conversation & source

Busy Flea!

Flea news update…

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Flea made an appearance at a Lakers game over the weekend and featured in the pre-show program:

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More photos including ones of Flea on the show can be seen on Red Hot Chili Family’s Facebook page

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He was also seen at another game at his old school, Fairfax High, where the pupils were playing against Westchester:

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Source and more details including brief video showing Flea: LA Times

Flea Feedback Kitchen Trailer

Every day this week a trailer will be released for ‘Feedback Kitchen’ featuring Mario Batali with a special guest; guests will include The Edge, Josh Groban, Patti Smith and … Flea whose video has been released today:


Feedback Kitchen – Mario Batali with Flea… by FeedbackKitchen

The series airs on January 26th 2015.

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Sean Penn's Haitian Relief Party #redhotchilipeppers #red #seanpenn #haiti #moreenergythaniveeverseen

A video posted by Charleston Academy (@chs_academy) on


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.

Flea and Thomas Houseago’s Sculptures

There’s an interesting piece on Flea’s friendship with sculptor Thomas Houseago on The Hollywood Reporter website:flea-sculpture-thomas-houseago

Apparently Flea is a great fan of artist, Thomas Houseago’s pieces and would like to own one but  he doesn’t have a place to put one as many of the pieces are so big. After tracking the artist down, Flea and Houseago became friends

At their first meeting, the two talked for three hours. “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s a brother.’ With Flea, it was just straight up,” recalls Houseago…

And it turns out that the artist brought one of Flea’s former homes, The Castle in Los Feliz, without realising it;

“It was pure chance. I had no idea it used to be Flea’s house,”

Houseago donated a piece to the recent Silverlake Conservatory of Music benefit evening auction. It was a mask sculpture and was bought by Anthony Kiedis.

Full story: The Hollywood Reporter

Auction for RHCP Signed Lakers Jersey

For anyone interested (Christmas is coming! It would make a lovely present for someone!), a Lakers’ jersey signed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is up for auction to help raise money for WhyHunger. WhyHunger is a non-profit organisation working to end poverty and hunger.

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This item is closing on  December 10th at 12:10pm and can be bid on now at: http://bit.ly/1t5gEds

 

Flea ‘Low Down’ Q&A Session

Flea has posted on Instagram to say he will be doing an question and answer session following the 2 p.m. showing of ‘Low Down’ on Sunday at the Sundance Sunset Cinema:

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Amy and I will be doing q and a after the 2 o’clock showing at the sundance sunset cinema on Sunday. Come on down folks it’s gonna be dope it’s worth it the movie is so beautiful

 

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