The City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida, is hosting an exhibition of photographs spanning a thirty year period by photographer Jim Leatherman. The exhibition includes photos Leatherman took of the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
In the front row, sweat-soaked victims braced themselves against stage-diving kicks to the face that caused noses and gums to gush. On stage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tore shirtless through songs off recently released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was 1987, Flea had maybe one tattoo, Hillel Slovak was still alive and Orlando photographer Jim Leatherman drove six hours to plant himself in this seedy part of Atlanta to watch the Chili Peppers’ bloody blossom. From the second story of the venue where Leatherman perched, his shutter snapped an overhead perspective of an intense shared experience – a memory that three years later, when the Chili Peppers played Visage Nightclub in Orlando, brought singer Anthony Kiedis to tears when Leatherman showed up with the photos.
“Timing is the most important thing for me,” Leatherman says. “I’m not just there to take a picture. I want to wait for the exact moment. I’m always looking through the viewfinder, always looking through the screen. Waiting, waiting, waiting.”
Leatherman approached the rock star and shyly gifted him the photos, planning to simply pass them on and then back off. (Note that while his camera intrudes fearlessly to catch intimate moments during pivotal performances, Leatherman’s social demeanor is humbly unobtrusive.) Instead, Kiedis barked for him to come closer, and the pair sat for nearly half an hour while Kiedis went through the photos and reflected on his friendship with original Chili Peppers guitarist Slovak, who had died between the Atlanta show and the Orlando date. According to Leatherman, Kiedis cried off and on during the exchange.
“At the time, Mother’s Milk had just come out, so [Red Hot Chili Peppers] were starting to get really big,” Leatherman says. “I just thought he would be this kind of weird, scary party dude that really wouldn’t give me the time of day, and he turned out to be the sweetest, most emotional guy that I’ll never forget. It was cool, and just to have somebody appreciate my pictures was even more cool.”
The exhibition runs from its opening today (April 16th 2015; exhibition opens at 6 p.m) until May 15th at the City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
Full story and source: Orlando Weekly
Those of you in England might be interested to know that Tony Woolliscroft’s photographs are being featured in a new exhibition in Aldershot so those of you who didn’t get to see his previous displays, in Bedford and Stoke-on-Trent, now have another chance to see his work. Tony of course was the author/photographer behind ‘Me and My Friends’ featuring his photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and he took many of the iconic images of the band that we are used to seeing. His work has featured in music magazines over the years such as RAW and Kerrang! The new exhibition features all of his work rather than concentrating on just RHCP but the Chilis (and Foos) will always be prominent;
But it is his work with RHCP and Foo Fighters that Mr Woolliscroft said he retained the greatest affection for, both as a professional and a fan.
“For 25 years, they have dominated the rock scene,” he said.
“You’re incredibly lucky if you get just one band you work with who go supersonic – I had two.” Source
Admission to the current exhibition of Tony’s work is free and ends on 25th February 2015.
Venue details: West End Centre, Aldershot (For more information: www.westendcentre.co.uk or call 01252 408040).
A bit of a surprise to get up and see these photos this morning as I’d seen nothing on the websites I check or in the news feeds saying they were due to play. It seems that the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala which benefited the J/P Haitian Relief Organization yesterday (January 10th 2015).
Apparently they were the surprise performance of the evening which I guess is why so little was known about this in advance (other than Chad posting a photo of his drum kit shortly beforehand). Source
Clip of By The Way from Chad’s Instagram page: http://instagram.com/p/xtHtlsRo8-/
Many thanks to Shalhevet for the info!
Around the World… 2015 has happened, is happening or is about to happen! Best wishes for 2015 and a big thank you to everyone for following this website and for your help & support over the past year.
I’ve received this email, and I thought I’d post it in case anyone is interested:
Calling all Red Hot Chili Peppers Superfans in the New York area!
Do you know every single word to every single Red Hot Chili Peppers song?
Are you all about Anthony Kiedis? Think they were at their best with John Frusciante? Or are they nothing without Flea’s energy?
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This just showed up in my search feeds and it’s worth posting even though it’s not news, or in fact new, in case people haven’t seen it. Their first TV performance. Enjoy
Funky fact for today, Twitter have released figures for the music related tweets made during 2014 and apparently:
The top draw was the end of the Super Bowl half-time show with Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which inspired 229,533 TMP (Tweets per minute). Source
PS, Another issue of Rockinfreakapotamus is now scanned/photographed and online: Vol 2, no 2
SiriuxXM Lithium are holding a RHCP fest for the Thanksgiving Weekend featuring Anthony Kiedis and also music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers as part of the promotion for ‘Fandemonium’:
Anthony Kiedis is coming home for the holidays! Join the RHCP frontman all Thanksgiving Weekend long for Lithium’s Red Hot Chili PeppersFandemonium Feast! He’s talking about the new book, Fandemonium. Plus, serving up extra helpings of RHCP music. #RHCPFeast
Many thanks to Shalhevet for the link!
Along with the couple of articles featuring Flea (post below), a lengthy article has come out featuring Chad Smith. It is a five page interview with Music Radar and discusses a number of things including Chad’s recent collaboration on ‘The Process’ album with Bill Laswell and Jon Batiste, his appearance at the Greenfield school as part of the Turnaround Arts program and there is also a comment about the new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album:
So what’s the status with the next Chili Peppers record? Where are you guys at with it?
“We’re writing our songs, and we’re really close to getting in to start recording. I think we’ll probably go up to December, do a little pre-production on ‘em, and then we’ll take a little Christmas break. I hope to be recording after the first of the year.
“We’ve probably worked up close to 30 songs. I don’t know if we’ll record all of them. I think last time we overdid it a little, so we’re trying to really hone in on the ones that’ll rise to the top. Maybe we’ll do a bit more pre-production so we can make sure the songs are the best they can be. Traditionally, we’ve always recorded 25 or 30 songs, so we’ll see. It won’t be 50 like last time. [Laughs] We always say, ‘Oh, we’re doing to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ and then it always turns into an epic fucking thing. This time, I thing we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity.” Source: Music Radar
Angra, Feli and Pamela at the Signing
So, yesterday and the signing of Fandemonium! The book signing was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with wristbands being available from 9 a.m. and was held at Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles. Originally the event was advertised as having Anthony Kiedis and photographer David Mushegain in attendance but during the day it was announced that more than one Red Hot Chili Pepper band member would be there! …
As it turned out, RHCP were represented by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Flea. David Mushegain was of course there (if you don’t know, Dave is the person at the table with a red bandana) and milling around in the background were several other recognizable faces including Chris Warren (Chad’s drum tech whom many of you will have seen playing on stage with the band during the ‘I’m With You’ tour concerts) and Anthony’s girlfriend, Helena Vestergaard.
Fan Photos of the Signing:
Many thanks to Feli for this video
A massive thank you to my friends, Angra, Feli and Pamela, who went yesterday and who have shared their photos and videos with us! Love you my RHCP sister and T-shirt Experiment girls! <3
Other photos I believe are by Brian Gove/WireImage.
If anyone else has info/photos/video of the event and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you!