Josh Klinghoffer Interview


Josh was interviewed backstage at Rock On The Range. I’ve added a transcript- I haven’t typed it all out because a lot of it was unclear as Josh’s voice is really muffled at times and the presenters talked over him a lot.


Presenters talking about shaving legs and Josh is joining in but very unclear…Then they finally seem to start the interview and talk about Josh playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What was it like when you did get that phone call [about being in RHCP]?
Josh Klinghoffer: It was shocking and exciting and kind of a beautiful moment. I was at a baseball game [talks about the teams]… it was July when Flea called me and we didn’t actually get a chance to play together until October.
So Flea made the call?
Josh Klinghoffer: Yes, Flea made the call.

Talking about Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse, etc. Presenter says RHCP have played some weird shows leading up to this e.g. half shows and then New Orleans and asks about what they are going to play now.
Can you give anything away? Are you going to step it up for Rock on the Range? Not that you need to. But you know what I’m saying.
Josh Klinghoffer: Yeah, it is a fairly rockin’ set. When we were invited to come here someone reminded us it was a very rock set … Are you sure you guys want to do this?

One of the presenters asks if her favourite song is on the set list. Josh says he’s seen the set list once and that it wasn’t included for this show although they have started playing it live. But he will ask about it. Presenter jokes she will shave his legs if he doesn’t. And that she now knows his name (in the starting bit she asked what he was called!).

They then talk about the new record being out on the 17th June and that there are 13 songs on the record and the presenter says the Chili Peppers are generous with their albums.
Josh Klinghoffer: Are you a fan of longer albums? Coz there’s always an argument, not an argument but a disagreement and there was with the last album and there was with this album about how many songs to release. It was 15 to start off with and then we took two off it. Brian [Danger Mouse] …we were aiming for 10 or 11 songs as we like shorter albums… so we settled on 13. With 13 we had to make a double vinyl rather than fitting it onto one. So there are pluses and minuses in that it kinda breaks up the whole album but I don’t know how people listen and if they listen to a whole album.

Presenter talks about how he likes to listen to records in order from beginning to end and how he got a record player for his birthday and which vinyls (includes Mother’s Milk). And then about what Brian/Danger Mouse is doing. Then asks what Josh is listening to.
Josh Klinghoffer: I’m not sure. It’s been a long time since I bought a new record. I listen to older stuff, I listen to weird African records and … [gets talked over]

Presenters talk about New Orleans style music (Zydeco] and then mention Ethiopian music.
Josh Klinghoffer: Well, Flea and I went to Ethiopia in 2010. And Flea told Anthony about getting lost and not being able to find all of us which was shocking because we turned around and he was gone. And yeah, I love Ethiopian music. I loved it over there. We’re trying to figure out how to get over there and play.

Ends with them joking about playing Aeroplane and that ‘Joshy’ hates her if it’s not played.

RHCP Tour 2016: Rock on the Range


The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Rock on the Range, Ohio, last night (May 22nd).

Set List:

Can’t Stop
Dani California
Dark Necessities
Nobody Weird Like Me
Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Right On Time
Higher Ground
Under The Bridge
Suck My Kiss
By The Way

Around The World
Give It Away

Dark Necessities
the first track released from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ forthcoming new album was played live for the first time! (It should have been played at the cancelled Weenie Roast and presumably would have been on the set list at the album launch party but both were cancelled due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization.)


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Dani California:

Suck My Kiss



Around The World:

Give It Away:

By The Way:

Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie:

Can’t Stop:


Many thanks to the AA team/Ana Paula and Shalhevet

RHCP at Rock On The Range Tonight (22nd)

This info is correct as far as I can tell!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are due on stage for their Rock on the Range performance at 9.20 p.m. local (Ohio) time according to the published schedule:


We can’t currently find a working live stream. One got taken down and another one is asking for credit card details even though it’s free… Umm! If we find something, we will update.



Hope everyone going has an amazing time! This is for you:

“Freer than a bird
‘Cause we’re rockin’ Ohio”

ET Canada Interview with Anthony Kiedis


RHCP’s frontman, Anthony Kiedis, has given an exclusive interview with ET Canada on his health and recent hospitalization and why the Red Hot Chili peppers had to cancel the shows:


Anthony Kiedis: Yeah, I’m good. Thank you. I think I had to get really sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my own health. And it turned out to be a good thing albeit being painful and a very sad to have to cancel the show. We don’t really do that. I’d rather play deathly ill than not play at all but in this particular instance, I was starting to go down as into the ground, so I got rushed to the hospital, got some help and now I get to figure things out.

ET Canada: That’s one of the things I’m interested from your perspective; this band is never one that cancels shows and I think that’s why people were so concerned but do you think it was blown out of all proportion? Coz I remember…

Anthony Kiedis: Umm…I think it was a slow news day.

ET Canada: Yeah, yeah.

Anthony Kiedis: Was what it was. Umm… yeah, you know when I opened my phone and saw I was on the news, I was like everything must be OK in the world today if that’s what’s making the news. Ummm… we don’t like to cancel shows. I had a teacher in high school who was called Carolee Brogue who was Peter Pan on Broadway when she was a kid, and she had uncontrollable diarrhoea but there was a matinee to play and a regular show to play, and she played them both with a diaper on, and she taught the acting class I was in that the show must go on. Don’t hang it up just coz you’re not feeling good, there’s a lot of people involved here, make it happen. So that’s been my philosophy for life until you just fall over and can’t actually stand up to play. So…

ET Canada: Are you comfortable telling us what happened or no?

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah. Basically I had inflammation in my guts. I had a stomach virus a few weeks ago and I’ve had operations on hernias from singing and…

ET Canada: Oh, really?
Anthony Kiedis: Yeah, coz I sing loud and dance and sometimes you rip your stomach open. So the scar tissue, the flu virus conspired to create an impassable inflammation so nothing I was eating was getting past the stomach and that becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out. So I had to be pumped clean in the hospital and lo and behold, I’m on the mend. But it’s a process.

ET Canada: How do you feel now?

Anthony Kiedis: Good. Not great but good.

Chad Smith Interview on Absolute Radio

Chad Smith has just been interview on Absolute Radio here in the UK (May 17th). I’m not a typist so I couldn’t keep up with everything so I took notes. Milan at has recorded it but I have a migraine and sorry I don’t feel like transcribing the whole thing now. These are the main things:


Everyone said hello and then the interviewer asked about Anthony Kiedis following his hospitalization and cancellation of the Weenie Roast gig:

CS: Anthony Kiedis had stomach flu a couple of weeks ago and it came back. He’s on the mend and we will be playing this weekend (Ohio, Rock in the Range).

The conversation then moved to the new RHCP album, ‘The Getaway’ and the release date being a month today:

CS: [Joking] It’s like having a c-section on the 17th June and it’s coming out! Ready or not!

He then went on to mention the ups and downs e.g. Flea breaking his arm the first time they were in the studio.

It then moved to a discussion about Rick Rubin not producing for the first time in 25 years.

CS: We love Rick Rubin and he’s a great friend of ours but we just wanted to do something different and try someone new be inspired in a different way which lead to Brian and Nigel. Collaborative effort

‘Dark Necessities’ was then played with a crazy intro from Chad!

CS: Talking about live performances; proper bands love to play!

On playing festivals:

CS: It’s difficult putting a set list together because we want to play new songs but at a festival don’t have just fans so it’s a difficult balance. Also have a shorter set which has an effect.

On set lists: Anthony Kiedis is in charge of writing the set list and how his voice is feeling is taken into account but we all have an input. Says he thinks Reading set list will be different to the Leeds set list.

Fan Question: Chad Smith explains they’ve not played anything live yet. They had planned to play Dark Necessities at Weenie Roast. They haven’t played any of the new songs yet.

Talking about playing the new songs: I love ‘Turning Red’; ‘Go Robot’ is a funky song I love playing. Will possibly be a single.

Fan Question: Where do you see the band in 10 years?

CS: Playing concerts and enjoying life! Will keep going! What else could I do?!




RHCP Still to Play Rock on The Range

Local news sites in Ohio are reporting that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will still be playing at Rock in the Range at the weekend. Although tomorrow’s iHeart Radio launch party for the new RHCP album, ‘The Getaway,’ has been postponed, a spokesperson for the band has confirmed that the band are expected to go ahead with the Ohio concert as scheduled. This extract is taken from The Columbus Dispatch:


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are still expected to perform at Rock on the Range on Sunday even though lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized over the weekend, a spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Source and full news story

Photos of RHCP at KROQ Weenie Roast


Getty Images have uploaded a number of photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (of course without Anthony) at KROQ’s Weenie Roast yesterday (14th May). Some of the photos show Chad Smith and Flea being interviewed backstage prior to the concert (video in post below) and the others are of Chad Smith, Flea and Josh Klinghoffer on stage announcing to the audience that RHCP would not be playing due to Anthony Kiedis being taken to hospital :(


RHCP Cancel Weenie Roast


News is coming from Weenie Roast that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had to cancel their appearance due to Anthony Kiedis being taken to hospital. The rest of the band came onto stage well before the group’s scheduled appearance to say they would not be playing as they were taking Anthony to the hospital. Flea made the announcement.



There’s now a video online of the announcement which you can see HERE

Update: Billboard have updated their news story (link below) to say:

According to a rep for the radio station, Kiedis was taken from the venue in an ambulance suffering from extreme stomach pain. A diagnosis is unknown at this time.

Chad Smith’s wife, Nancy, has tweeted this:



There are currently no more details. We will obviously update if we find out any more.

Billboard are now running the story HERE


Update: David Mushegain has posted this on Instagram:



Sending our thoughts and love to Anthony, his family and the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers <3