06/2016 People Magazine

27-june-2016-people-magazinePeople-magazine-June-27-2016Scan and photo. Many thanks to Mary Clare for this 🙂


No.7: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

ROCK Anthony Kiedis and the gang reach back to the musical touchstones of a 33-year career-sing-along choruses, a fusion of cosmic funk and psychedelic rock—for their best album in ages. Standouts like the Prince-inspired “Go Robot” are all you need to get into summer party mode.


This is another piece of the interview that Anthony Kiedis did for ET Canada. In it he’s talking about the single ‘Dark Necessities’ from the new RHCP album The Getaway.


Anthony Kiedis Discusses “Dark Necessities” [The Getaway]

Anthony Kiedis: So that was the song that was written in the studio with Brian Burton. A lot of the songs we had already and some of them were created spontaneously in the studio with Brian. That was a new one and so, they sent that to me on a CD because I’m old-school like that and I like to go work in my car that has a CD player. And I listened to it and I was pretty immediately stricken with my part in the song which sometimes happens and sometimes doesn’t. Sometimes you hear a piece of music that you fall in love with but you have no idea as a vocalist what you’re supposed to do with it. It just doesn’t make sense. The timing is weird, the melodies are weird. With that song I was like I know what to do with the song; I think I know what my part is. And I took that and went to Hawaii and wrote lyrics for it and it just kind of speaks to …the beauty of our dark sides and how much creativity and growth and light actually comes out of those difficult struggles that we have on the insides of our heads that no one else can see. And I knew that song meant a tonne to Brian and that it was one of his favourite musical tracks and I came in and sang it after I got from Hawaii and he was feeling it which made me feel great because sometimes he’s like, ‘That’s not happening. Go back and try again.” But with that one it was working and ahh, umm… the more that song did…  er gestate the better it got until it just became.  That was Brian’s push for a single so our producer, once we realised ‘The Getaway’ wasn’t going to happen, ummm, record company, managers wanted ‘Go Robot’, Brian was like I love ‘Go Robot’ but it’s got to be ‘Dark Necessities’ and he literally went and fought for it with a sword in his hand until he got his way.


This snippet has also been released where he talking about some of his previous decisions and how musical his son, Everly bear, is:


Anthony Kiedis Looks To The Past

Interviewer: Do you ever look back on some of the things you’ve done and just think what was I thinking then? Whether it’s fashion or a move you made or a song?
Anthony Kiedis: Moves no. Because even the most ridiculous moves I’m all for them. Sometimes the more absurd and embarrassing the better. Fashion, I’ve had a couple of moments where I do question my sanity and I’ve seen some photo shoots and I was like whoa! Song wise, I don’t even mind writing a bad song or a silly song or a song that I don’t want to play today. It made sense at that moment and if it is a song and we have worked on it, I have love for it.

Voice over: And now he has a batch of new songs to love with the June 17 release of ‘The Getaway.’

Anthony Kiedis: Music still gives me one of the best feelings on earth.
Voice over: Anthony’s son, Everly, seen in this Marc Jacob’s ad seems to have the music bug too.
Anthony Kiedis: He’s learning piano and he’s a natural born vocalist. He likes singing and we like writing songs daily about anything and everything.
Interviewer: Is he a barometer at all for your music?
Anthony Kiedis: Umm… Yeah, there’s only one song he’s not in love with on this record but overall he likes this record better than anything we’ve ever done in the past. And he can sing every lyric on this new record. So when I see him smile and when I see him look at me like ‘You wrote that Dad?!’, it’s a good feeling.

iHeart Radio Launch Party Update


iHeart Radio have posted an update about ‘The Getaway’ launch party concert that was recorded in front of an audience on May 26th.

Venturing through their lengthy catalogue, the RHCP rocked the 10-song set with hits like “Snow,” “Otherside” and “By The Way” after kicking off the 90-minute event with their 2003 smash “Can’t Stop.” Still, this was promotion for The Getaway, so they made sure to preview plenty of cuts from the new album, which is due June 17 via. Warner Bros. Records, including lead single “Dark Necessities,” “Sick Love,” the energetic “This Ticonderoga” and second single “Go Robot.”

“I feel like all of the weirdness that we went through as a band and as individuals led to what our record is,” lead singer Anthony revealed during a Q&A portion of the show. “Whether it was Flea shattering his elbow or not being able to find a producer or writing songs that didn’t end up getting used or all these weird emotional and physical occurrences, it all worked out for us. In the end, I’m glad that all that difficult stuff happened because we like what we got.

The article also gives details about tuning into the launch party when it’s broadcast on the album release date, June 17th:

iHeartRadio Album Release Party on AT&T LIVE on June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on iHeartRadio.com/watchATT. Also, if you’re a DIRECTV subscriber, you can also watch the show on the AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239 or U-Verse Ch 1114.

Full article and source
Many thanks to Angra!

RHCP Tour 2016: iHeart Radio ‘The Getaway’ Launch Party

iheart-radio-launch-rhcpSource Photo by Ronin Guerra

UPDATED: Video of the whole show added at the bottom of the page

Today/yesterday (time zones!) the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a concert for iHeart Radio to a crowd of 200 fans who had won tickets through competitions for the show. The concert was recorded and will be broadcast on June 17th which is the launch date for RHCP’s new album ”The Getaway.’

New songs from ‘The Getaway’ were played at the concert and as a result, security at the concert was tight with guests searched and no recording devices were allowed in. Dark Necessities got its second public live performance (the first being at last weekend’s Rock On The Range festival in Ohio) and Sick Love, This Ticonderoga and Go Robot were played for the first time.

Guest Information:

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Date: Thursday 26th May, 2016

Location: iHeart Radio Theater, Burbank, California

Set List:


Many thanks to Jesse for permission to use this

Can’t Stop

Sick Love


Dark Necessities

Universally Speaking

This Ticonderoga


Go Robot

Soul To Squeeze

By The Way

Other Information:
They discussed that Sick Love is the song that features Elton John (I’m in England, can I name him? Or is it only his partner we can’t discuss without the threat of law suits?!) and apparently it’s “really slow and mellow”. It was also played twice to allow for an edit as there were mistakes made while playing it the first time.

 Many thanks to Angra who was there!!!!

Chad Smith & Flea Talk to Sirius XM

Sirius XM have released a few extracts of Chad Smith and Flea talking to Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready, at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans a few weeks ago.

Update: Here’s the full interview:

Red Hot Chili Peppers interview with Mike McCready (2016/05/17) from Tchefuncte Bonaparte on Vimeo.


Flea: I was listening to Prince a lot. He was a real big part of our development, my development.
Did you ever get to play with him?
Flea: I never did.
It would have been something like you guys would have crossed paths.
Flea: I never did. I never did. .Anthony hung with him I think once but in the pantheon of guys that we listen to a lot and stuff, especially like, because there’s few records ypu man we were so… Pre-Purple Rain, pre-1999 actually whatever the record is before that; Dirty Mind, Controversy. Like, what’s that 12” he put out? Time? In time? [Flea hums]

I kinda knew stuff a little bit after that. Sign of the Times was my record.

When is the new record coming out?
Flea: Soon. It was just mastered like yesterday.
The new single?
Flea: The new single is going to be called, ‘Go Robot’. And it’s a funny, funky, up-tempo jam. And it’s funny because when we were mixing and writing it and stuff …it was a real… I wanted it to sound like Controversy by Prince.”

Do you guys have any idea how integral and important you guys are to us as a band? And do you remember those early touring when we were with you?
Chad Smith: I do
And how important it was to us how cool you treated us. You know. And that’s just to me, I’m saying that but there are so many… [stumbles for words a bit] Stone wanting to play with Jack Irons to Jack Irons knowing Eddie to that whole thing.
Chad Smith: Umm. We have a connection. Yeah. We have a serious connection
But it could be said that we wouldn’t exist without the Chili Peppers
Chad Smith: No. Nah, nah, no…
In a lot of ways. It would be tough. We got to go out onto that tour with you, Blood Sugar Sex Magik when you guys were blowing up and you were super cool to us and introduced us to a whole way of this is how we do it. And now, you’re monitor Smity(?) is now our tour manager, Carey who was with Ratsound who was with Dave Rat…
Chad Smith: You poached all of our guys!
We poached all of your guys! Because they were all so good. You know?
Chad Smith: And they loved you. And I’m glad that it’s worked out as… you know?
Do you know how much we love you is what I’m trying to say?
Chad Smith: I do and it’s really nice for you to say that and you know, ummm…
Do you remember that tour of ’92?
Chad Smith: Yeah, I do!
Me too
Chad Smith: I do. It was a long time ago.
It was
Chad Smith: We were young men. And I used to be crazier.
Chad Smith: Yup!
Me too
Chad Smith: Yeah. Well, we were young and like you say, music was kinda charging. But I remember but I don’t know if you know this is that we were getting ready to go on tour, we were rehearsing at this place called the Alley in the Valley that we used to play all the time. And Smashing Pumpkins were already on the bill. And it was like, I want to say it was not long before, maybe a month before or maybe less. I don’t know but maybe you would know because you would know when, like you’re like you’re going on tour. But, Flea came, we were looking for a third band to go on tour and we like arrrrr, what can it be or who or what? And Flea was like, Jack Irons is friends with this Eddie who sings in this new band and they’ve put their record out and it would be really cool, you guys listen to it as a favour …
I did not know this
Chad Smith: Maybe take them out as your opening band.
Jack Irons?

Chad Smith: S sure why not? I remember sitting around his car. He used to have this Mercedes that had every panel of his car painted a different colour.
Chad Smith: Flea yeah. Clown car. Very Subtle. Wouldn’t know who as going down… [laughter] ‘90? Or ’91 was it?
That wasn’t a soft model, maybe. for a Mercedes you’re saying. Wow!
Chad Smith: Wow. It was definitely a wow car! And I remember him hitting, I think it was a cassette. [mumbling]
It probably was, yes.
He puts a cassette in. We were all hanging out smoking cigarettes. After rehearsal and listened to like about 30 seconds. And we were like, that’s pretty good. Yeah, OK! [Laughter]
I’m gonna thank you right now for doing that!
Chad Smith: And that was it. Everyone was in a good mood that day!

Phew! I’m glad you guys all left rehearsal in a good mood. So you might of heard… I guess the record must have been out. It must have been out then or something. Was it [?] or was it a three song EP or something
Chad Smith: Literally. I don’t want to be disrespectful at all. But we listened to it.
I did not know that story
Chad Smith: That is a true story. That is a true story. And then you guys come out with us. And..
It was so much fun.
Chad Smith: We had a blast.
My god it was so fun!
Chad Smith: We all had fun!
So fun! It was our first big tour. You guys were like hitting [?] hard.We were just like playing to 25 people, for 50 people but it didn’t matter. We had 8 or 10 songs maybe. And then you guys were so cool to us. … What I thought is personally when we were starting to make it is when Anthony wore our hat one night. He wore a Pearl Jam hat and I was like, we’re starting to make it! Anthony’s wearing our hat!