RHCP on Tour 2016: Rams’ Game Pre-game Mini-set

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Date: 18th September, 2016

Location: L. A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Details: Pre-game set before the match between the LA Rams v. Seattle Seahawks

Set List:

Can’t Stop

Dark Necessities

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Video recording broadcast live from the event on our Facebook page can be seen HERE

Many thanks to Angra for all of this!

Update! Will add as appropriate 🙂

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Pre Game Performance!!! Hawks vs. Rams!!! #GoHawks #RHCP #RedHotChiliPeppers #LOB #LAColiseum @aprilla_c @lacoliseum

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New RHCP Band Member Interviews

Several New Articles/Interview of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are out!

Anthony Kiedis Interview from Finland:

Updated: An English translation has been added

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There’s an interview with Anthony Kiedis from Finland on the national broadcasting website YLE.  He talks about taking his son on tour, RHCP working with Danger Mouse on the new album and the US presidential campaign.

English translation:

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Free time is the worst for ex-junkie

 

Anthony Kiedis has arrived to the ends of the Earth. That’s how Finland seems in the eyes of the world-famous rock star and Hollywood. The route here should be familiar, because this is the sixth time in Finland for one of the biggest rock bands in the Earth, Red Hot Chili Peppers. This time Kiedis’s eight-year-old son is with them.

It’s been almost 30 years since the first visit. The televised gig at Provinssirock drew attention not only with its energy but also because the only thing the band wore were tennis socks to cover the strategic parts.

 

– We were young, healthy boys from Hollywood. Maybe we were looking for the sexual vibes in our performance that are in our music. We did “sox on cox”-performance in special occasions, and the gig in Provinssirock was obviously one of them.

 

The death of one of the founding members of the band, the guitarist Hillel Slovak, cast a dark cloud over the first gig in Finland. He died of drug overdose not long after the tour.

 

-When we came back home to Los Angeles, Hillel was thinking about his future: Should I change my habits or should I stay the safe, dangerous road. We didn’t understand how deadly some drugs can be. In some cases trying once is enough.

 

– I still miss him. On the other hand the tour had gone well and it left a beautiful memory of him.

 

“Drugs are still part of my psyche”

 

Anthony Kiedis has a long history with drugs as well. He has been sober for years, but the drug background still affects his life.

 

– It is definitely a part of my psyche. I have been sober for a long time, but drugs are still a part of me.

 

The are numerous stories of the rambunctious tour-life of the rock bands. Maybe to somebody’s  surprise Anthony Kiedis thinks months-long tour is a safe environment.

 

– On tour I am at work. Focused. I have things to do. It’s harder after the tour, when you go home. Then I am isolated. And what’s even worse, I have free time. Then you have to be careful.

 

One motivation to making an effort is the fact that Kiedis is a father to an eight-year-old son. He is with him in Helsinki.

 

– I want him with us on tours. Of course sometimes he is at home and goes to school. But it is fun that we can do stuff together during long tours. I thought of showing him a bit of Helsinki, maybe we’ll make a short walk to the parks. It is important that he gets at least little influences from rest of the world.

 

Change from producer legend Rick Rubin 

 

Red hot Chili Peppers is one of the most popular bands in the world. The band has sold tens of millions of albums. A key influencer on the background has been Rick Rubin, the producer wizard, for over two decades. When Red Hot Chili Peppers started working on their latest album, they let him go, though.

 

– Maybe that’s just that, we had worked with him for so long. We had to challenge ourselves, to step out of our comfort zone. To do something, that forces us to change.

The producer on The Getaway -album which was released during the summer is Danger Mouse, who is better known in the electro music genre. He has worked with Beck and The Black Keys, who are heavily influenced by traditional rock’n’roll. Anthony Kiedis says Danger Mouse is nice, but firm guy.

 

– The way Danger Mouse works is completely unique. His creative work happens in the studio. It’s very spontaneous. Sometimes we would go to the studio in the morning with nothing, and at midnight when we went home, we’d have a finished song.

 

– He would tell our bassist Flea to play like James Brown. Or change it to something else if he didn’t like what he heard. He was actively involved in the song writing process.

 

The presidential candidates of USA are poison

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers is not know as very political band. Anthony Kiedis, who is in charge of lyrics, admits that the band has no political agenda. Despite of that he perks up when we start talking about the presidential campaign of USA.

 

– We were with democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. He was an exceptional candidate: Trustworthy, smart, empathetic.

 

-Last 130 years, ever since industrialism, the presidents of United States have been puppets of billionaires like Rockefeller. They have decided who will be the next president with their dollars. Bernie couldn’t be bought.

 

Kiedis’s favourite didn’t reach the final round. Two bad candidates were left.

 

– I have to pick one of two poisons. Maybe I will choose slower death aka Hillary. She just got sick though, which can have a surprising impact in the result. What is important is how fast she can recover and if she can give a strong impression on TV debates.

 

Kiedis thinks Republican candidate Donald Trump is a reality TV star who is not measured on the same scale with other politicians.

 

– We look at him like he’s an entertainer. If Trump lies or says something outrageous, we think, that that’s just the actor he is.

 

In the United States publicity is everything. That’s why musician who have searched stardom are a part of the political game. Anthony Kiedis doesn’t feel pressured to state his political opinion, though.

 

– I don’t think about fame. I just want to tell the truth. Also, I am not politically active artist. I make music because I want to create something beautiful and positive into this world. In the end, politics are quite depressing.

 

Many thanks to Linda for this!

 

 

 

MTV Finland Review and Flea Interview Video:

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There is also a review of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ recent concert in Helskini on MTV Finland‘s website- it translates through Google Translate pretty well for anyone interested. It’s titled: “Comment: Red Hot Chili Peppers – the world’s worst and best band?” and that sums up the nature of the article. The reviewer seems to to be saying he has been disappointed by RHCP’s live performances in Finland in the past however, the latest performance comes off more favourably and they do have some massive hits hence his “worst and best” comment.

However, right at the bottom of the article there’s a brief video interview (no embed code/direct link) with Flea talking about playing Finland in the past e.g. Provinssirock back in 1988 and how exciting it is to be in Helsinki both then and now.

 

Josh Klinghoffer Interview on Pirate Radio

Again no embed link, but you can listen to it on the Unofficial Josh Klinghoffer website. He talks about playing with RHCP and he specifically mentions ‘Encore’ as well as his influences.

Odd & Ends: Videos

A couple of recent videos of the band:

Josh and Chad playing ice-hockey

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Josh covering  REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’ in the bathroom….!

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RHCP to open for the Rams in a pre-game mini-show on Sunday (18th)

RHCP on Tour 2016: Oslo

(Sorry before the Stockholm one I’ve just posted- playing catch up here!)

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Photo credits: Henrik Lewandowski

Date: 8th September, 206

Location: Telenor Arena, Oslo, Finland

Set list:

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01. Intro+ Dark Necessities
02. Dani California
03. Scar Tissue
04. The Adventures of Rain dance maggie
05. Right on Time
06.Parallel Universe
07. Feasting on The Flowers
08. Snow
09. Sir Psycho Sexy
10. They’re Red Hot
11. Wild World by Cat Stevens (solo Josh) / Go robot
12. Californication
13. Under The Bridge
14. Sick Love
15. By The Way
ENCORE
16.Jam (What Is Soul) Dreams of a Samurai
17. Give it away

 

Notes:

RHCP started with Dark Necessities!
First time play for Feasting on the Flowers

Many thanks once again to Henrik Lewandowski for his information and photos.

 

 

Info Round Up

A couple of photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers fromStockholm (they played a concert there last night. Deap Vally [sic] have been the support group on recent gigs):

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Source: RHCP Instagram

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Source: Deapvally Instagram

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A German article about the recent RHCP Street Gigs concert in Berlin- scroll down to the bottom and it has a number of photos of the set up and early arrival of guests in a slideshow at the bottom.

RHCP at Reading Leeds Festival
A review of the Reading Leeds Festival from the current edition of Kerrang! (September 10; 1636)
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STILL PUTTING THE JAM INTO EVERYONE’S MUSICAL SANDWICH

THERE’S AN idea in Hollywood that you do ‘one film for them [the studio] and one for you’, suggesting that giving people what they want provides you with the leverage to indulge in personal passion projects. It’s a philosophy that the Chills continue to adopt in their live shows, as the LA veterans gild their hits-strewn sets with the kind of funk work-outs that people negatively associate with them. Admittedly, tonight they exercise uncharacteristic restraint, but we still have to go through ‘jams’ before opener Can’t Stop. Such indulgences are made more palatable by the fact it’s all imbued with the kind of energy and vim that can’t be cultivated in a practice room — not to mention a little charm (“Make me a bed of mud, I’ll sleep next to you tonight,- purrs frontman Anthony Kiedis after Dark Necessities). Meanwhile, the unbeatable trio of Californication, Under The Bridge and By The Way provides some of the weekend’s most unifying moments. (JH)

Go Robot!

The new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ video to accompany the single ‘Go Robot’ directed by Tota Lee is now out!

You can view it HERE (sorry can’t find an embed code; only a link)

Screen Shots from the Video:

Josh Klinghoffer Interview

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Josh Klinghoffer has been interviewed for The Daily Record. During the interview he talks about playing Scotland’s T in the Park Festival following a concert the previous day in Moscow and also the muddy conditions there:

“T in the Park came during a strange week because we had done a lot of travel.

“We had overnighted from Moscow so when we got to T in the Park it was a strange, gloomy, muddy summer’s day after we had just been in Russia. We didn’t know which way was up.

“I remember being a little surprised to return to the mud, though I guess you expect it from time to time up there at T in the Park.

He then goes on to say that he and band were unhappy at how far away the fans were from the stage:

“I remember having a good time at the show, though the crowd were quite a bit further away than usual, which I didn’t like. I like the crowd to be as close to the band as possible.”

He also discusses the whole Fox TV debate where Fox news presenter, Greg Gutfeld, called the Red Hot Chili Peppers the worst band in the worse only to then issue an apology saying he meant to call them the worst band in the universe.

He said: “Much like most of the things they report, they are quite incorrect about that, too. They know they are ridiculous. We don’t need to tell Fox News they’re a joke.”

The Fox presenter’s comments came after seeing an article about Flea meeting a gorilla, called Koko, from the California’s Gorilla Foundation and he compared the animal to Anthony Kiedis (who came off unfavorably in the comparison). Josh explained that he’d heard the meeting between Flea and Koko was going to happen but that he doesn’t feel he’ll be replaced in the band after Koko was videoed playing Flea’s bass:

“I was at a girlfriend’s wedding in the mountains so I didn’t see it straight away. It looks like an amazing experience but it doesn’t look like I should feel threatened.”

The end of the interview talks about how Josh has been received by RHCP fans and that some have not been welcoming after he replaced previous guitarist John Frusciante and how he deals with that reaction.

Josh added: “I still continue to get flak. The internet is a scary place.

“You can’t help but notice a nasty comment on YouTube when you go there to look at a live performance video of yourself or some footage of how the band used to play a song.

“There is lots of lovely footage too but it is funny that people can be so insensitive and think that it means something to post their negative comments online.

“In the back of my head, when Flea initially asked me to join the band, I considered everything – including all the flak I might get from people who are devoted to my predecessor.

“You have to keep reminding yourself that it is make believe and doesn’t really reflect the way everyone thinks – positive or negative. That’s why we are in such a strange political climate.

Source and full article: The Daily Record

RHCP Tour 2016: Berlin

UPDATED: Full video added

Date: 6th September 2016

Location: Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany

Set List:

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Photo Credit: Henrik Lewandowski

 

Can’t Stop

Dani California

Dark Necessities

Otherside

Tell Me Baby

The Getaway

Snow ((Hey Oh))

Go Robot

Californication

Look Around

Soul to Squeeze

Sick Love

By The Way

Encore

Cover: Part of Lust For Life (Iggy Pop)

Goodbye Angels

Give It Away

 

Notes: This was a private concert e.g. competition winners were able to attend. It was the first concert in Germany to be filmed in 360 degrees.

For those watching the live stream in Europe- it seemed that US IP addresses were blocked- there were mixed results. Some streams (with the 360 degree camera?) were giving really fuzzy results with lagging sound but other streams (traditional cameras?) were giving excellent quality- which is why my screen shots are from the latter half of the concert as initially I was battling with the poor quality stream until I found out about the other link. A couple of screen shots from the poorer live stream:

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Screen Shots from the Live Stream: