Jim Leatherman Photographic Exhibition Featuring RHCP

The City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida, is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Jim Leatherman spanning a thirty year period. The exhibition includes photos Leatherman took of the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

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In the front row, sweat-soaked victims braced themselves against stage-diving kicks to the face that caused noses and gums to gush. On stage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tore shirtless through songs off recently released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was 1987, Flea had maybe one tattoo, Hillel Slovak was still alive and Orlando photographer Jim Leatherman drove six hours to plant himself in this seedy part of Atlanta to watch the Chili Peppers’ bloody blossom. From the second story of the venue where Leatherman perched, his shutter snapped an overhead perspective of an intense shared experience – a memory that three years later, when the Chili Peppers played Visage Nightclub in Orlando, brought singer Anthony Kiedis to tears when Leatherman showed up with the photos.

“Timing is the most important thing for me,” Leatherman says. “I’m not just there to take a picture. I want to wait for the exact moment. I’m always looking through the viewfinder, always looking through the screen. Waiting, waiting, waiting.”

Leatherman approached the rock star and shyly gifted him the photos, planning to simply pass them on and then back off. (Note that while his camera intrudes fearlessly to catch intimate moments during pivotal performances, Leatherman’s social demeanor is humbly unobtrusive.) Instead, Kiedis barked for him to come closer, and the pair sat for nearly half an hour while Kiedis went through the photos and reflected on his friendship with original Chili Peppers guitarist Slovak, who had died between the Atlanta show and the Orlando date. According to Leatherman, Kiedis cried off and on during the exchange.

“At the time, Mother’s Milk had just come out, so [Red Hot Chili Peppers] were starting to get really big,” Leatherman says. “I just thought he would be this kind of weird, scary party dude that really wouldn’t give me the time of day, and he turned out to be the sweetest, most emotional guy that I’ll never forget. It was cool, and just to have somebody appreciate my pictures was even more cool.”

The exhibition runs from its opening today (April 16th 2015; exhibition opens at 6 p.m) until May 15th at the City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.

Full story and source: Orlando Weekly

 

 

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!