Navarro and Smith Reminiscing about RHCP Woodstock Performance

Yahoo Entertainment is running an article about Dave Navarro phoning in to Chad Smith’s radio show with the two reminiscing about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance at Woodstock in 1994 wearing giant light bulbs. They also mention dressing in Arctic clothing to appear on the Letterman Show:

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Flea and John

Flea and John were seen chatting at a boxing fight in Los Angeles at Staples Center at the weekend:

Josh Klinghoffer Interview

I think it’s working and it’s still growing and the most important thing is the three of them are three of the greatest people I could ever consider friends.

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Josh Klinghoffer has been interviewed for Winnipeg Free Press. There’s a brief history of the band and then a short interview with Josh where he talks about working with the band, the mundane trials of touring versus the feeling you get when playing liv,e and Chris Cornell’s death.

25th Anniversary of Blood Sugar Sex Magik!

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Rolling Stone is running an article on ’10 things you didn’t know about BSSM’ and you can read it HERE

Radio.com is also running an interesting article.

 

And Chad Smith has been interviewed discussing the album:

Transcript:

Loudwire interview with Chad Smith for 25th Anniversary of Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Blood Sugar Sex Magik turns 25. Pheew! I can’t believe that it’s that long when we made that record. It doesn’t seem like it. You know the band was in a very exciting place creatively at that time. I remember it was the first time that Rick Rubin had worked with us and we recorded in this house in Hollywood so we weren’t in a proper, regular studio and we all lived in the house. We had a bunch of songs and John especially was coming into his own as a song-writer and feeling very comfortable in the band. Prior to that, John and I had sort of joined around the same time and we had done Mother’s Milk in 1989 and we toured and the chemistry of the band was really, we were firing on a real high level. We toured a lot, got to know each other musically and personally a lot, and sort of solidified that chemistry and wrote all those songs together. It was fun, man. I think back on it and it went really quickly, I mean we did the album in two months and yeah, Anthony was singing more and the songs were becoming more melodic and this is the first time I remember, thinking like wow listening to the play back that this is the first time that the band’s organic natural sound and energy’s been captured on tape, as it was back then. And we were just really excited with the way the songs we were playing and the way they were coming out. And of course we were playing with Rick and Brendan O’Brien was engineering, went on to be a great, amazing producer. It was just like a perfect storm, everything was happening at the same time. And then, rock music was changing as well, you know, I think people were getting were tired of that whole Sunset Strip kind of hair metal thing which was sort of popular at that time… We were doing what we were doing anyway, as we had been for a long time but then bands like Nirvana came along and you know, the Seattle scene. We went on tour with Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins and I remember that being a really exciting tour, feeling that like, something really exciting is happening in music. And we were happy to be part of it. Yeah, that Nirvana record came out the same day as ours; I didn’t know that … but two pretty good records. But they were just so amazing. It was an incredible band. And again having Dave Grohl in the band, you know I think it was the first record they did with him. And you know those songs, obviously it’s an incredible record and we did get to tour together at the very end of ’91. Right after Christmas we did a west coast tour together. It was Pearl Jam was the opening band, Nirvana and then the Chili Peppers and we played up and down the west coast. And I just remember being in the Cow Palace, San Francisco, on New Year’s Eve and watching Nirvana launch into Teen Spirit and the crowd and the place was just like …amazing. Like nothing I have ever felt before. It was so exciting and so, I just can’t explain the feeling. It was incredible. And just like, this is something, we are seeing something really amazing. And they were great and, you know, it was a great time for music and we were just happy to be at the right time when it was all going on. And, it’s probably my favourite because of those reasons I said, it’s probably my favourite record of mine to make with the band. I love all of our records and they all have a special place, but because it was happening at that time and the band becoming, we became pretty popular after that record and ‘Under The Bridge’ came out a few months later and everything sort of changed for us and our band. But those initial six months was like really cool.

RHCP U.S. Tour 2917

2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

 

First dates for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to play America have been announced with more to be added!

From the official website:

January 5 | San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center ^
January 7 | Houston, TX | Toyota Center ^
January 8 | Dallas, TX | American Airlines Arena ^
January 10 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center ^
January 12 | Memphis, TN | FedExForum ^
January 14 | Tulsa, OK | BOK Center ^
January 15 | Wichita, KS | Intrust Bank Arena ^
January 18 | St. Louis, MO | Scottrade Center ^
January 20 | Lincoln, NE | Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
January 21 | Minneapolis, MN | Target Center ^
February 2 | Detroit, MI | Joe Louis Arena *
February 4 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre *
February 7 | Boston, MA | TD Garden *
February 10 | Buffalo, NY | Key Bank Center *
February 12 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Arena *
February 15 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden *
March 2 | Denver, CO | Pepsi Center *
March 4 | Glendale, AZ | Gila River Arena *
March 5 | San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center *
March 7 | Los Angeles, CA | Staples Center *
March 12 | Oakland, CA | Oracle Arena *
March 15 | Portland, OR | Moda Center at Rose Quarter *
March 17 | Seattle, WA | KeyArena *
March 18 | Vancouver, BC | Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *

^ Support = Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons
* Support = Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Pre-sale tickets available Wednesday, September 21st at 10am local, except Los Angeles which begins on Tuesday, September 20th at noon PT. Log in to the RHCP Community for your unique password. Go to your PROFILE and click USER SETTINGS. Your unique pre-sale password will be under YOUR PROMO CODES.

General on sale starts Friday, September 23rd at 10am local for all dates, except the following cities begin at noon local: Dallas, Tulsa, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Toronto, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. General on sale for San Antonio begins on Saturday, September 24th at 10am local.

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