RHCP Italian Interview 6th December

An interesting interview especially for you John Frusciante fans as it mentions him and the fact that Josh feels the two of them are unlikely to work together again:

Original Italian Version:

5 set 2011 – Uno ha i capelli viola, i piedi nudi, tatuaggi, la maglietta di Thelonius Monk: ha lo sguardo da ragazzino, ma la faccia un po’ segnata dal tempo. L’altro è tutto vestito di nero, ha una felpa con il cappuccio, un accenno di barba, il ciuffo. Ha lo sguardo e il viso da ragazzo; dimostra meno dei suoi 31 anni e sembra ancora un po’ intimidito dalla situazione.
Sono Flea e Josh Klinghoffer, ovvero l’anima ritmica (e non solo) dei Red Hot Chili Peppers e il “nuovo” chitarrista: sono passati dall’Italia oggi per presentare “I’m with you”, il disco uscito la settima scorsa (qua la nostra recensione), il primo in cinque anni e il primo dopo la seconda uscita di John Frusciante dal gruppo.
Flea è gentile, risponde ad ogni domanda senza problemi, a partire dalla scelta della maglietta – il suo amore per il jazz è noto: “mi piace, a chi non piace Thelonius Monk? Come mi piacciono i Beatles e come mi piace respirare..”. Poi si passa a parlare del disco, della nuova formazione: la sensazione che i due danno è di grande affiatamento, Josh (che aveva già in passato suonato con il gruppo in tour, per questo “nuovo” va messo tra virgolette) si è inserito alla perfezione, è in piena sintonia con il resto del gruppo: “Abbiamo un processo di composizione democratico, ognuno può dire la sua, e Josh non si è solo inserito, ha portato la sua visione”, spiega Flea. “Quando abbiamo iniziato a scrivere, due anni fa”, dice Josh, “E’ stato tutto molto naturale, abbiamo imparato a conoscerci. Non ci sono stati grandi difficoltà se non ora che iniziano le cose strane, vedere così tanta gente… Anche se poi suonare con questa band è una cosa naturale, siamo subito in contatto”.
“Josh è una persona molto differente da John”, spiega Flea. “Ero molto abituato a lui, abbiamo suonato assieme per tanto di quel tempo che avevamo ormai un nostro linguaggio. Con Josh ho imparato un nuovo linguaggio: ho dovuto lasciarmi indietro il passato e immergermi nel presente”.
Flea ha un rapporto sereno con il tempo, e si vede, lo ripete in continuazione: “ Cinque anni?”, dice all’inevitabile domanda sulla lunga pausa. “Siamo stati in tour per ‘Stadium Arcadium’, ci siamo presi una pausa, abbiamo ricominciato a scrivere, ed eccoci qua. E’ stata l’attrazione gravitazionale dei nostri cuori: ci siamo ritrovati a suonare musica. Se penso alla nostra tradizione, a come abbiamo iniziato negli anni ’80, e a dove siamo ora, con i palazzetti, gli stadi… Do un grande valore al nostro modo di fare le cose. It’s fucking awesome! Poi non so se ci vorranno altri cinque anni per un disco… So a malapena cosa farò domani, sono che sono grato di stare in tour e di comunicare le mie idee, di poter parlare con la gente. Poi vedremo.”.
Quanto al passato, Flea non ha né rimorsi né rimpianti. Anzi la sua vena mistica viene fuori anche qua: “Ho un ottimo ricordo di quello che abbiamo fatto: eravamo così stupidi, dei cazzoni che non sapevano cosa facevano, che andavano in giro sfatti…I nostri angeli custodi ci hanno permesso di sopravvivere, di trovare qualcosa dentro di noi che ci ha fatto crescere. Nessun guru, nessun psichiatra ci avrebbe potuto indicare una via migliore”.  Un tema, quello del passato, che ritorna anche in uno dei momenti più intensi del disco, “Brendan’s death song”. “ E’ dedicata ad un nostro amico, un promoter di L.A. che fun uno dei primi a darci un ingaggio: a quell’epoca non eravamo nessun e lui avuto un grande ruolo nella crescita della band, con quello che ha fatto. Ci ha dato fiducia, ci siamo sentiti rispettati. Il primo giorno che abbiamo suonato con Josh è stato quello in cui abbiamo saputo della sua morte. Abbiamo improvvisato ed è nata quella canzone”.
La vena mistica di Flea ritorna quando racconta il suo rapporto con la musica: “Sono un fottuto hippie… la musica per me arriva da un posto divino. Quello che posso fare è mettermi nella condizione di farla scorrere, di farla arrivare, per vivere la mia vita in un posizione vicino a questo posto divino. Ma non sono religioso…”
Josh guarda, sorride, ogni tanto interviene con una battuta, in maniera molto educata, timida, ma non troppo. Quando Flea si assenta per andare un attimo in bagno, dice che lui non ha problemi a suonare le canzoni che la band ha inciso con gli altri chitarristi: “John aveva un problema con i brani di ‘One hot Minute’, quelle che la band aveva inciso con Dave Navarro. Io quel disco l’ho comprato e l’ho amato, quel tour è stata anche la prima volta che ho visto i Peppers dal vivo. Ma tanto so che neanche gli altri amano particolarmente quei brani”. Dice che vuole continuare la sua carriera solista: “Nelle pause del tour farò la mia musica. Ma non credo che suonerò ancora con John”, dice – Josh ha suonato in molti dischi solisti di Frusciante, ne ha inciso uno a doppio nome e due sotto il nome Ataxia. “John è abbastanza concentrato sulle sue cose, ultimamente”. Quanto al suo ruolo futuro nei RHCP, dice ridendo: “Sarò incosciente, diventerò tossico, ruberò macchine. Non vedo l’ora”, e poi manda un saluto ai suoi amici italiani, Marlene Kuntz e Afterhours, con cui ha suonato dal vivo qualche volta.
Per vedere dal vivo i Red Hot Chili Peppers, invece, bisogna aspettare Dicembre, il 10 a Torino e l’11 Milano.

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English Translation (Sorry it’s late here and I’ve just run it through Google translate but it will give you the idea; I’ll try to get a proper translation of it if I can but most of my Italian friends have been running around Germany/are about to go to see RHCP at the weekend).

September 5, 2011 – One has purple hair, bare feet, tattoos, T-shirt of Thelonius Monk: a kid has the look, but do a little ‘marked by time. The other is dressed all in black, has a hoodie, a hint of a beard, a tuft. It has the eyes and face as a boy, looked younger than his 31 years and still seems a little ‘intimidated by the situation.

Flea and Josh Klinghoffer are, or the soul of rhythm (and not only) Red Hot Chili Peppers and the “new” guitarist from Italy have gone today to present “I’m With You”, the disc out of the seventh last (our review here), the first in five years and the first since the second exit from the group of John Frusciante.

Flea is gentle, smooth answers to every question, from the choice of shirt – his love for jazz is well known: “I like it, who does not like Thelonious Monk? As I like the Beatles and as I like to breathe .. “. Then you need to talk about the disc, the new formation: the feeling that the two damage is of great harmony, Josh (who had previously played with the band on tour, for this “new” should be put in quotes) was inserted to perfection, is in full harmony with the rest of the group: “We have a democratic process of composition, each can have its say, and Josh has not only entered, brought his vision,” says Flea. “When we started writing, two years ago,” says Josh, “It ‘was all very natural, we have learned to know each other. There were great difficulties if not now starting things strange to see so many people … Even if they play with this band is a matter of course, we immediately got in touch. ”

“Josh is a very different person from John,” says Flea. “I was very accustomed to him, we played together for so long that now we had our own language. With Josh I learned a new language: I had to leave the past behind and immerse myself in this. ”

Flea has a peaceful relationship with time, and it shows, repeats all the time: “Five years?” Says the inevitable question about the long pause. “We were on tour for ‘Stadium Arcadium’, we took a break, we started to write, and here we are. It ‘was the gravitational pull of our hearts: we ended up playing music. If I think of our tradition, as we started in the ’80s, and where we are now, with arenas, stadiums … Do a great value to our way of doing things. It’s fucking awesome! Then I do not know if it will take another five years for a hard … I know hardly what I will do tomorrow, I am that I am grateful to be on tour and to communicate my ideas, to talk to people. Then we’ll see. “.

As in the past, Flea has no remorse or regrets. Indeed, his mystical streak comes out here too: “I have great memories of what we did: we were so stupid, the fuckers who did not know what they did, who went around mushy … Our Guardian Angels have enabled us to survive , to find something within us that made us grow. No guru, no psychiatrist could have indicated a better way. ” A theme, that of the past, who returns at one of the most intense moments of the album, “Brendan’s death song.” “And ‘dedicated to our friend, a promoter of LA that one function of the first to give us a gig: at that time were not any and he played a major role in the growth of the band, with what he did. Gave us confidence, we felt respected. The first day we played with Josh was one in which we heard about his death. We improvised and that song was born. ”

The mystical vein of Flea returns as he recounts his relationship with music: “I’m a fucking hippie … for me the music comes from a divine place. What I can do is put in a position to slide, to get her to live my life in a location near to this divine place. But I am not religious … ”

Josh looks, smiles, occasionally intervenes with a joke, in a very polite, shy, but not too much. Flea when we go away for a moment in the bathroom, says he has no problem playing the songs that the band has recorded with other guitarists: “John had a problem with the songs ‘One Hot Minute’, the ones that the band was recorded with Dave Navarro. I’ve bought that album and I loved that tour was also the first time I’ve seen the Peppers live. But I know that not even particularly like these other songs. ” He says he wants to continue his solo career: “In the pauses of the tour will my music. But I do not think that will play with John again, “he says – Josh has played in many of Frusciante solo albums, he has recorded a double name and two under the name Ataxia. “John is quite focused on his things, lately.” As for his future role in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he laughs: “I will be unconscious, become toxic, steal cars. I can not wait “, and then sends a greeting to his Italian friends, Marlene Kuntz and Afterhours, with whom he played live a few times.

Live to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers instead, you have to wait in December, 10 in Turin and Milan 11.

 Many thanks to Alex for the heads up on this!

RHCP Jools Holland Later (2)

EDIT: Updated with the three song videos and also the interview with a transcript :) :

Red Hot Chili Peppers have appeared on UK TV on Jools Holland’s show for the second time this week (tonight’s show was recorded along with Tuesday’s live footage). The show, like Tuesday, opened with RHCP playing the Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, they also played Look Around (screen caps below) and Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer were briefly interviewed: They talked about the departure of John Frusciante & Josh joining/ fitting into the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Anthony Kiedis mentioned having Everly Bear with him in London and showing him some of the sights (before Everly Bear has to stay in school and the world ends next year!) and he also said how much he enjoyed the set by Bjork. The show again ended with Monarchy of Roses.

Many thanks to Ana for sourcing these and  pkrips0791 xxxxWGDxxxx for uploading them!

Video Transcript:

Jools Holland: And now I’m delighted to welcome Anthony & Josh from the Red Hot Chili Peppers at this table, here, direct. Very nice to see you both. Welcome back to the show.

Anthony Kiedis: Thank you.

Jools Holland: OK great. Band sounding great. Very good new record but it’s five years since the last record and er… how come you left it sorta so long? Five years, is that right?

Anthony Kiedis: Umm..It seems like five minutes and it’s never really that long. Yeah, maybe since we actually recorded the record before it but then you know we go out on the road for years on end, took a little break and found Josh.

Jools Holland: Exactly. And how did you find Josh?

Anthony Kiedis: Umm Josh is a friend who happened to be in our circle of people and …umm… it was  just kinda perfect and magical transition where our previous guitar player, John, was ready to go and do something else and we said that sounds sensible, and then we thought about it for a while and really just let it come to us where we should go. And instead of forcing it in some weird, uncomfortable, awkward direction, we drifted towards the comfortable beauty of Josh.

Jools Holland: Lovely, comfy Josh.

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah right. Which has been. Not to praise him too much wildly on television while he’s sitting there

Jools Holland: No sorry.. yeah.. but [talking over Anthony Kiedis]

Anthony Kiedis: … it’s been the greatest thing that could have ever happened to us

Jools Holland: It sounds great as well. You sound beautiful. Do you feel as though you’ve blended straight in?

Josh Klinghoffer: Umm… yeah… I mean I’ve known those guys these guys for a while so umm yes, you know…

Jools Holland: It’s kinda hard , it’s kinda difficult to be accepted into?

Josh Klinghoffer: No not really cos they are so open and they just kinda want me to be me and you know have as much fun as they are

Jools Holland: And when you are on tour, what do you do? Do you go and see the sights of the cities you are in or do you stay in your room. What do you do?

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah sometimes the sights. Umm I’ve been bringing my son on tour with me and trying to show him around a little bit. He’s four.

Jools Holland: That’s great! Show him the world

Anthony Kiedis: Show him the world

Jools Holland: That is great, good time to see it before it ends.

 Anthony Kiedis: And before he gets too locked into school. True before it ends, yes. Yeah, it could be next year according to the polar swap. Did you read about that?

Jools Holland: Is that right? Oh yeah, I knew there would be something else to worry about

Anthony Kiedis: Oh yeah, you got about about a year.

Jools Holland: And show him the world. Great to have you on the show. Its sounds great and it’s great you blend in beautifully with them if I may say so?

Anthony Kiedis: We love Josh and by the way, Bjork was radically wild and wonderful. That was so cool.

Jools Holland: Great wasn’t she?

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah

Jools Holland: A lot of great guests tonight

Anthony Kiedis:  A great line up of guests. Yeah.

Jools Holland: Well I’m glad you’re one of them, so it’s very nice to have you both here. Thank you very much. Anthony and Josh! We will be hearing more from the Red Hot Chili Peppers later *

 [* They closed the show with Monarchy of Roses]

 

RHCP on Jools Holland

RHCP performed just on the Jools Holland live music show called Later, on British TV station Radio 2.

EDIT: Videos now added

The Red Hot Chili Peppers opened the show with ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ and they closed it with ‘Monarchy of Roses. The band members looked really good and seemed to be enjoying the performance (especially Chad!) but the sound quality was absolutely awful :(

Here are some screen caps I quickly grabbed as they were performing:

 


Many thanks to Cusmanovic for uploading them

Exclusive Photos RHCP LG Arena Birmingham 20th November

200+ Front Row Photos of RHCP at Birmingham 2011

Exclusive photos red hot chili peppers LG Arena

I was lucky enough to go to both Birmingham red Hot Chili Peppers’ concerts; I’ve spent last night and this morning uploading over 200 photos from the second night on Sunday 20th November, 2011.

Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers LG Arena 2011

Three galleries have been added, the RHCP one above and following a request and because I was immediately in front of Flea, I’ve added a separate one for him and there’s a dedicated Anthony Kiedis gallery on my other website.

Flea 20th November 2011 LG Arena Birmingham

 

Anthony Kiedis 20th November 2011 LG Arena Birmingham

(BTW Saturday night’s photos coming soon! I took nearly 500 photos on the two nights so it’s taking ages to sort, edit and upload them all. And the reviews are still on their way as soon as I can finish them so please watch this space!)

News: Scans & Transcript of RHCP Interview in The Ticket

 

RHCP interview about Josh Klinghoffer joing Red Hot Chili Peppers and UK tour dates 2011 2012

RHCP were interviewed in an article about their up coming UK tour dates; the magazine came out on the 10th November 2011 but my copy only came today. Here’s an extract:

The reunited Chilis have spent a year writing 50 new songs. But one major part of the band was missing. Guitarist John Frusciante, a driving force behind their biggest hits, quit the band in 2009 for a second time albeit amicably on this occasion.

“It felt good because I knew he would be happier doing something else,” Kiedis smiles. “We had accomplished so much with John, something we will live and die being very proud of.”

New member Josh Klinghoffer has slotted straight into the band. At the age of 32 he already has an enviable CV.

He was a friend and collaborator with Frusciante and has worked with the likes of Gnarls Barkley, Warpaint and PJ Harvey. Kiedis says Klinghoffer has added something fresh. “Josh walked through the door with a sense of self,” he continues.

“Within a couple of weeks he started showing us some of his ideas and we thought these are really beautiful and we can build on them and make it happen.” Smith was delighted to see a reinvigorated Flea return after learning to play the piano.

“He got really inspired by furthering his knowledge of music,” says Chad. “He went to college for a year and he really dedicated himself to music theory.

“I had to come in with some new things on the drums and we all went up on it. It was real fun again.”

Full scans and transcript here: Red Hot Chili Peppers Interview The Ticket

 

RHCP Monarchy of Roses Video Out!

UPDATE: The video is now playing on YouTube in the UK!

The new video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest single, Monarchy of Roses, has been released on the official RHCP Youtube channel. Monarchy Of Roses, was directed by Marc Klasfeld and was inspired by the artwork of the artist Raymond Pettibon; it’s a black and white animated video with footage of the band overlaid on the cartoons; here are some screen caps:

Monarchy of Roses Video: Text/Captions:

-My life story
-Fight for freedom
-The duration of the head, sharp out lines of things is a griet to me
-Do you still want me?
-One cant stand ont he straight and narrow path forever
-I saw i could not win
-Everyone loves a handsome killer
-My devil has fallen in love with you
-BOOOOOM!!
-I dont konw why i’m listening to this, but i cant stop
-It’s my heart leave it alone
-Charlie, you dont feed us enough
-I met Ernie an the cathay
-Let it burn
-Sex is everywhere all the time you cant escape
-Paint the all unutterable

-I illustrate you watch and read

Many thanks to Mbir for sorting out those!

Monarchy of Roses Video

Note: There have been problems viewing this in some countries although it’s now showing here in the UK; this is a proxy link to view it for anyone still having difficulities (thanks Kate!):

http://6.hidemyass.com/ip-1/encoded/Oi8vd3d3LnlvdXR1YmUuY29tL3dhdGNoP3Y9cU9nRkhNRUpNZVk%3D&f=norefer

Over 100 Exclusive Photos of RHCP at O2 Arena Thursday 10th November 2011

 
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication

Stage During CalifornicationRHCP on StageRHCP on Stage

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers London England November 10th 20111 O2 Arena

Overhead Monitors During Give It Away

More photos of RHCP performing at the O2 Arena in London but this time from Thursday 10th November 2011.

I couldn’t face the hours of queuing for front row this time nor could my ribs stand being slammed into the front barrier so I opted out and sat down this time! I was about 4 rows up from the bottom on the side of the stage so I focused on shots of the stage as a whole, the band and the overhead monitors rather than band member close-ups. Enjoy :)

Gallery of over 100 Red Hot Chili Peppers at the O2 Arena Photos Thursday 10th November 2011

Photos of just Anthony Kiedis on AnthonyKiedis.net

(For those of you waiting for the promised reviews of both nights they are coming as soon as I have time to finish them- hopefully tomorrow! But RHCP concerts keep getting in the way!)

 

 

 

RHCP on cover of Russian Magazine

I’m sorry but I don’t have a transcript for this and have no idea what it says but RHCP feature on the cover of a Russian magazine; there’s a three page article with lots of photos, a two page photo poster of the band and an article which I assume is about I’m With You.

Full scans HERE

 

 

Kiedis & Klinghoffer Interview Online- Guitar World October 2011

I’ve just got a copy of the edition of Guitar World featuring the interview with Anthony Kiedis & Josh Klinghoffer (both are featured on the cover). The interview is very detailed, well written and has a few unique photographs of Kiedis & Klinghoffer that were commissioned for the article.

Here’s an extract:

“Josh is a subtle, sublime and poetic musician,” Flea says. “He’s not this guitar virtuoso/guitar hero guy. He’s a real all-around musician. He plays drums and piano as well as guitar, so he gets a real big picture of the music and has a real intuitive sense of when something is serving the song or not. He puts chords together in a beautiful, unique, Josh kind of way. At the same time he’s very rooted in traditional songwriting and the traditional way chords move. He really has his own take on it and pumps up the system. And he has a very warm, beautiful sound on the guitar.”

But Flea wasn’t always so gung-ho for the new guy. If Anthony Kiedis is the band’s self-pro-claimed “pathetic optimist,” Flea tends to skew the other way. At first he didn’t want to continue the band without John Frusciante.

“Oh. I’ve considered pulling the plug a million times,” he confides. “That’s nothing new for me. Things get to be a bummer and I start going, ‘Mmm, this is kind of a drag.’ And I just couldn’t imagine doing it without John. When he did up and leave, though, some time went by and I just started feeling this deep love for the band and wanted to continue it. Plus, I missed Anthony. So we got Josh.”

The newest Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist is appreciably younger than the other Chili Peppers. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for anyone. “I’ve always been the youngest one in most performing situations,” Klinghoffer says. “The funny thing is, I’m probably in the worst shape, physically, of all the guys in the Chili Peppers. But being in this band doesn’t feel too dissimilar to anything I’ve ever done before. I’m just making music with people I love, which I have a habit of doing. I’ve never done anything other than what I love.”

Read the rest of the article plus full scans HERE: RHCP Guitar World October 2011

RHCP on Special Edition Q Magazine

RHCP are featured on a special edition cover of Q Magazine (UK). Q magazine is celebrating turning 25 and has 25 special covers for the current November magazine:

November sees [sic] Q turn 25 and we are in the mood to celebrate. With 25 exclusive covers to collect we have been rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of music from the past 25 years. We speak to the likes of Muse, Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Jay–Z (the list goes on) and discover the music that has changed their lives. Select the cover of your choice, or treat yourself and go for the full set; from the modfather to the godfather of modern hip–hop, from the noughties Glastonbury headliners to the architects of 90?s brit pop, there is a cover and a star to satisfy every taste. We hear about the music that has changed their lives, which has helped them shape our life and provide the soundtrack to yours.

Anthony Kiedis Flea Josh Klinghoffer Chad Smith Red Hot Chili Peppers new line up

RHCP are featured on cover number 15 and the magazine is available to order online HERE. It costs £4.99 (including post & packaging) in the UK and £5.99 for the rest of the world.

(I’m not sure if RHCP are featured in the magazine; have ordered a copy but I haven’t seen it yet).