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!
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 KROQ interview mentioned can be heard HERE
Many thanks to Shalhevet and Brett for the heads up on these links!
Chad Smith was at the premiere of the ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ movie that documents Glen Campbell’s final tour after the musician was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The premiere was held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on the 11th November, 2014. In the video clip, Chad explains that he wanted to be involved in the project because he grew up listening to Glen Campbell’s music as his own father was a big fan and that his father sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s himself, making the connection even more poignant.
In another piece of news, it’s been announced that Chad will attend the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California on Thursday as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities). The school is one of 35 schools in the US to be chosen for the project which identified schools that were deemed to need additional resources in order to help improve the overall educational experience of the pupils they taught. Chad will be speaking to the pupils and delivering art supplies and musical instruments. Source
Ex-RHCP drummer Cliff Martinez has worked on the team producing the soundtrack to the game Far Cry 4.
“It was an honor to be asked to write the music for the Far Cry 4 game as my first full-length video game soundtrack. It was exciting for me to be asked to take my usual minimalistic cinematic approach to the immersive game world. Any game where you can ride on a rampaging elephant is a project you can’t turn down!” Martinez said in a statement.
Far Cry 4’s soundtrack reportedly became available digitally on Tuesday, November 4. A limited edition 2-CD version of the soundtrack will also be available as soon as Tuesday, December 2, according to Amazon US. It’ll also be available on Amazon UK on Monday, December 8. A 3-LP edition of the soundtrack is also promised for January, 2015.
FarCry 4 is slated to release on Tuesday, November 18 in North America and Europe for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Source
Ultimate Classic Rock are hosting an online ‘Hall of Fame’ voting competition and the link is all over my Facebook pages right now as the first round features the Red Hot Chili Peppers versus Bon Jovi. I thought I’d mention it here … especially as RHCP were losing at the time I voted …so please get voting if you can! RHCP deserve to be a winning entry (no bias here )
“Two bands that have stretched the boundaries of classic rock since their 1984 debuts — Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers — square off in the first round of this month’s 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame competition.
Every month, our readers will decide which of eight legendary artists or bands will be honored for their contributions to the genre.
Sonically, this particular battle’s contestants are pretty far apart. Bon Jovi were among the leaders of the “hair metal” movement, adding keyboards and pop smarts to their Bruce Springsteen-inspired blue-collar tales to create anthems like ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ’Wanted Dead or Alive.’
Instead of pop, the Red Hot Chili Peppers blended a heavy dose of funk into their brand of rock ‘n’ roll, aided immeasurably by the skill of their founding bass player Flea. After arriving on the national scene with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground,’ the group made a huge leap in both songwriting and commercial success with their surprisingly diverse 1991 masterpiece ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ and continue to explore a more sophisticated blend of introspective alt-rock to this day.
So who gets to move onto the finals — Bon Jovi or the Red Hot Chili Peppers? It’s your call. You can vote once a day between now and Monday, Nov. 17, at 11:59PM ET. This month’s winner will be announced on Dec. 2. “
Vote here: Competition Link
Flea has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about the new Rd Hot Chili Peppers album that the band is working on. He confirms that the writing is nearly finished and that they are about to go into the studio in a couple of months. He describes the album as, “…cool. It’s super danceable, funky shit and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.” No actual time frame has been given as yet, but Flea also said, “I would hope that in a year from now, we have a record out and we’re on a world tour.”
The full interview can be found on Rolling Stone
As many of you know, photographer Dave Mushegain has been travelling around with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their tour in support of the ‘I’m With You’ album meeting with RHCP fans and taking photographs of them to include in a new book celebrating RHCP’s fans throughout the world. The book is about to be published and is called ‘Fandemonium’. As well as the photos by Dave Mushegain and accounts of 50 of the most devoted fans of the band, there is a forward by Anthony Kiedis. The book is due out in November and can be pre-ordered at most major online book sellers.
There will be two book signings with Anthony Kiedis to promote the book. One will take place on November 17th at Barnes & Noble, The Grove in Los Angeles and the other at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York on the 21st November. Both events take place at 7 p.m. and the New York date also features Anthony Kiedis in conversation with David Fricke who writes for Rolling Stone magazine.
A video featuring Anthony Kiedis to promote the book has also been released:
More can be found out here at the official Fandemonium website including sample layout pages, photos and a fan photo of the week section which currently features my online friend Henrik who I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times at concerts:
Fan Photo of the Week: Henrik
I really appreciate any information and scans that are sent to me for the website and everything I’m sent will find it’s way on here.
I know I’ve really fallen behind; real life has been a total pain over the last two years and the demands from all that’s happened have had to take precedence over the websites. I really hope things are a lot more sorted now and I’m on holiday from work so I have a little more time right now. I’m currently trying to work my way through the backlog that’s built up and all I can do is really apologize and say that I am grateful for all the contributions I’ve had. All of the back issues I’ve collected more recently are now scanned and online and I’m currently working my way through the three pages of site related emails I have- I will reply to everyone and I will get the scans I’ve been sent uploaded as soon as I can.
There are now over 400 magazine articles online between my two websites. If you are interested, the full list is here:
The Chili Source RHCP Articles & Scans Index
There is a chronological index, an alphabetical index and a list of all none English language articles, etc.