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Catching up on things that the chaos of Christmas has meant I haven’t got round to posting before…
Chad Smith News
There was an interesting interview with Chad Smith on Rolling Stone. He was answering questions sent in by fans on Twitter and the replies cover everything from the new RHCP album, to socks, to Will Ferrell& drum-offs/ cow bells to Chickenfoot.
Chad Smith is also scheduled to appear as a guest on the “Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas” which is returning to Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts in 2015. The weekly music sessions will once again feature a different special guest at each show in January and March with Chad due to appear on the debut show on Friday, January 2nd, 2015. General admission seating is $20 per session. Source
Pearl have announced the release of two new limited edition Chad Smith signature snare drums. Full details on Music Radar
Anthony was interviewed in front of fans in NYC yesterday as part of the promotion of ‘Fandemonium’. During the interview he announced that Rick Rubin would not be producing the new album,
Rick Rubin is sadly not producing this record… We’re about to experiment with some different individuals that are good at producing music so when one of them clicks, we’ll let you know who it’s going to be. It’s pretty exciting. I feel like it’s a better batch of songs than we’ve had in a long time…and I’ve never seen these boys so hungry to roll up their sleeves and make a record.
Update on the new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album based:
In an interview this morning with KROQ, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis announced that the Chili Peppers will be returning to the studio to record their newly written album next month. When approached about details, Kiedis stated that he wants the new album to only be 13 songs, however it is likely that they will “put 10 more songs on top of that.” Kiedis felt that this album will show Josh Klinghoffer’s coming of age as their guitarist and that the new material will have him, as a guitarist and songwriter, stand out a lot. Kiedis also talked at some lengths about his friendships with his bandmates, and how they have come to effect him musically and emotionally. No producer or other production members were mentioned regarding the album’s recording and production, reinforcing the rumors of a different producer than “fifth Chili Pepper” Rick Rubin for the new album. Source
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that the band will reissue their 2011 album I’m With You as a tour edition with added bonus material. The tour edition of I’m With You will contain 8 bonus tracks that have been taken from RHCP’s singles and B-sides. The album will be released on January 11, 2013, a week before RHCP headline ‘Big Day Out 2013′ in Sydney, Australia.
I’m With You – Tour Edition – Bonus Disc
1. Strange Man
2. Long Progression
3. Magpies on Fire
4. Victorian Machinery
5. Never is a Long Time
6. Love of your Life
7. The Sunset Sleeps
8. Hometown Gypsy
Look Around is the latest song to be chosen as a single from RHCP’s I’m With You album and two videos have now been released to accompany the song-one the actual music video and the other a behind the scenes look (both below).
The video is based upon four rooms; one for each of the four band members. Each room roughly reflects the band member it belongs too and includes their own art and belongings among the props! The band performed with each person mostly confined to their own room although Anthony Kiedis dances through the rooms at various times. It was filmed in the round in just four takes! The video was directed by Robert Hales. Source
BTW Anthony’s son Everly bear appears in the video too!
It also seems that RHCP will be playing a concert in Greece next summer (no actual details yet) according to Rock Pop Greece Magazine.
Thanks to Mbir for the link and details.
Behind the Scenes: Monarchy of Roses video:
The official RHCP YouTube channel has uploaded a brief behind the scenes video of the making of the video for the single Monarch of Roses; it featues green screen shots and and goofing about; enjoy :
Thanks to Laura, Mark and everyone else who’s linked me to this
Back Issue Magazine Scans:
Two new back issues featuring interviews with Anthony Kiedis amongst other features have also been uploaded. Both are from the British music magazine Q with one magazine from 1999 concentrating on Californication and festival dates and the other from 2006 looking at the UK concert dates and Stadium Arcadium.
Here’s an extract from the 1999 magazine review of Californication:
But even if there appears to be nothing essentially different about Californication, the band’s intrinsically eclectic nature ensures that they wander into new musical areas: the dreamlike Road Tripping is McCartney’s Blackbird as viewed through acid trails; the tumbling, jazz-flecked Porcelain features Kiedis at his most poetic, softly lamenting squandered youth and drug-decayed beauty (“Are you wasting away in your skin?/Someone said you’re fading too soon/Drifting and floating and fading away”).
While All Saints’ cooing Xerox of Under The Bridge (without the “drawing blood” lyric) perhaps fuelled the argument that behind the tattoos and pecs, Red Hot Chili Peppers are fine songwriters, the five-minute title track recalls the reflective atmosphere of their best-known song with an unambiguous comment upon the more shallow values of their adopted West Coast home where earthquakes are “just another good vibration”. Elsewhere, they reinforce their knack for great, unusual; pop with the Police-echoing Otherside, the skippy, oblique Scar Tissue and the strident, rallying Easily.
Here’s an extract from the 2006 Anthony Kiedis interview:
Dodgy burger van or bring your own sandwiches?
I’m sure a rarefied, elitist pig when it comes to eating clean, good food I can’t even begin to imagine playing a show and having to eat the catering you see at some of these places.
What’s your fantasy festival line-up?
Pretty much any guitar player named Jimmy, whether it’s Page or Hendrix. Jimmy Page came to see us a couple of times when we played London, and it was really the most exciting backstage moment we ever had. But I’ve never been able to see him play. I’ve never also seen Patti Smith play, but I think I might get a chance to see her this summer. She may even join us for a number.
The magazine also features several mentions of Stadium Arcadium e.g. recommended album with Wet Sand named as one of the month’s top 50 songs etc.
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!
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 wasjust 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?
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 *
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:
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.”