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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.”
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!):
Flea and Anthony Kiedis were interviewed by The Sun newspaper about the UK dates for 2012 and the interview was published today along with a video. Here’s an extract:
I met the band in Paris, shortly before they hit the stage at the Bercy Arena on their current tour, to talk about their huge UK dates next year.
As well as Knebworth, they will play their first big outdoor gig in the north-east, at Sunderland FC’s Stadium Of Light.
Surf-dude Anthony knows his waves — and has considered taking on some of the north-east’s beaches.
He said: “Britain has good waves, it’s just really cold. Just north of Newcastle there’s a great wave spot, but you have to be a polar bear to take it on. Who knows?”
The UK is a big deal for the band and talking about the dates Flea, who is one of the best characters in music as well as one of the best musicians, said: “Hell yes man, I’m ready to do it. England is a place where it’s always been exciting for us to go.
“For any American band, you grow up loving all this English music. And to go over there, you feel like you have to honour all this.
“Like we’re going to do this Knebworth thing, like Zeppelin played it, you know what I mean.
“It’s just awesome. We’re going to do our best to play our hearts out, to let go of our brains and be animals, let the music flow and give every fibre of our being to the process. I just wanna explode. I’m going to brutalise Knebworth, like a wildebeest let out of a cage that hasn’t eaten in six months.”
MTV have announced that RHCP will perform at the European Music Awards in a few days time:
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Perform at the 2011 MTV EMA!
MTV has just announced the first artists in the lineup of performers at the 2011 MTV EMA in Belfast on 6th November: the Red Hot Chili Peppers! The legendary funk-punk rockers from Los Angeles, California, fresh off the release of their chart-topping album I’m With You, will be joining us for what promises to be an amazing event. The Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums and won six GRAMMY ® Awards. They won the Best Rock Act EMA in 2000, the Best Live Act EMA in 2002, and the Best Album EMA in 2006, for Stadium Arcadium. “We haven’t played in Belfast in a long time, so we’re really looking forward to performing at the 2011 MTV EMA and seeing all our fans!” the Chili Peppers (frontman Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer) say of their upcoming EMA appearance. We’re pretty darn psyched too, guys! Plus, here’s another cool tidbit about this year’s EMA: For the first time, the star-studded show will be coming to you live from not one, not two, but THREE venues in our host city. We’ve already announced that one stage will be at the Odyssey Arena … but as for the locations of the other two, you’ll just have to keep checking back at mtvema.com to find them out!
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.”
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.”
I’ve just added the scan and full transcript of an Anthony Kiedis interview from 7 Nights which is a supplement with the Sunday Mail, a newspaper from Scotland (UK). Here’s an extract:
But after the group’s tour of last album Stadium Arcadium in 2007 (the album became the group’s first US number one and also went to the top in Britain), John quit and Josh joined in 2009 after a self-imposed two year hiatus.
Anthony said: “One of the bits of karmic joy was that at a point in time where maybe it would be difficult to keep it fresh, along comes a shift in our lives, whereby John decided that he wanted to do something else, creating an opportunity for us to be fresh again.”
There was no fall-out with the band that includes other founding member Flea on bass and drummer Chad Smith – and it seems Anthony doesn’t have a real reason, or one he’s giving us, as to why John quit.
He said: “Maybe he wanted to start off by doing something fresh on his own and maybe somewhere in the recesses of his mind he wanted to create an opportunity for us to do something fresh without even knowing it.
“It wasn’t even a divorce, it was like ‘mission accomplished, go rock out, we’ll see you somewhere along the way!’”
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, the group’s first single in four years following the 2007 release of Hump de Bump, is now on the radio ahead of the album I’m With You, Josh’s first with the band.
He fills Chili guitarist shoes that include John, Dave Navarro and Jesse Tobias – but Anthony doesn’t think Josh should be intimidated.
He said: “Josh has played with PJ Harvey, The Sparks and Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley, so really I had some flipping big shoes to fill.
“Those are like a whole gang of strong vocalists that he’s accustomed to playing with.
“But does anybody care about the shoes I had to fill? No, I didn’t think so.”
Anthony is excited about the new Chilis line-up. He said: “It feels fun and like a good fit, and I think more will be revealed when we start playing live and doing things like that.
“Musically I think we’ve reinvented ourselves in the best way possible where it’s still The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s the Josh Klinghoffer era of Red Hot Chili Peppers.”