Red Hot Chili Peppers fansite, news page and forum with dedicated RHCP magazine scan and articles section featuring Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea Michael Balzary, Josh Klinghoffer and John Frusciante.
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.
(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!)
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.”
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
-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!):
Stage During CalifornicationRHCP on StageRHCP on Stage
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
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.
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.”
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.
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).
The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on the UK’s Jonathan Ross TV show last Friday night (9th September 2011) . There were a few shots of them waiting to go onto the show (it’s a guest show and Jonathon Ross interviews different guests in turn and there are also shots ‘backstage’ interspersed with that) and they seemed in fine form joking around on camera e.g. one of the other guests is an actor who has performed as Sherlock Holmes and there was a scene of Anthony and Flea dressed up as ‘Sherlock Holmes’ with pipes and deerstalker hats and for another sketch about the length of a man’s ring finger being indicative of his sexual prowess …they are had very long fingers! Anthony and Flea were interviewed very briefly and then the band performed The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.
An interview (with mostly Anthony Kiedis but Flea also talks about the track Ethiopia) has been published in Loaded magazine in a feature on the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s new album? I’m With You? in the latest edition.
Here’s an extract:
And there’s no missing the most distinctly named bassist in the world. With his turquoise hair and matching tracksuit he dicks around on his guitar while talking at several million words an hour. Before we’ve even asked the obligatory question about the new album? he’s off. “There is a song called Ethiopia on the new record?” he starts. “Did you know I got lost out there?” It’s crazy? right? But I totally did.
“Damon Albarn has started his African Express Project? where basically a group of musicians go to a different country in Africa and jam with Africans? listen to African music and trip around. It was fucking amazing. So? Josh and I decided we’d go to Ethiopia. One day? we got the bus somewhere? before I got out to check this little side road. I turned around and the bus was gone. I was totally lost. I walked around this little town for about an hour. No one speaks English there and it was kind of crazy. I started getting really scared.” He looks scared even now? telling us about it.
“People were coming up to me and speaking to me? but I didn’t understand. I was tripping out with all these people staring at me and speaking to me. Eventually I managed to track down this guy and started screaming at him that I didn’t understand. But then? I thought? hang on so I do. So he found my friends and was totally nice. I told that story to Anthony when I got home? he wrote some lyrics and it became the song. To me it reflects the feelings of never letting fear dictate anything? only love.”