RHCP to Begin Recording in July… Kiedis Music Award

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Anthony Kiedis is to be awarded the UCLA Gershwin Award on May 16th in recognition for his services to music. Anthony’s mother, Peggy Noble Idema, was interviewed about her son receiving the award for a local newspaper and during the interview she mentioned that RHCP will start recording the new album in July:

Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and one of Grand Rapids’ most famous exports, will be the 2015 recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Award.

Presented by the University of California Los Angeles’ Student Alumni Association, the honor is a lifetime achievement award handed out annually to landmark figures in the music industry. The UCLA website calls Kiedis “one of the most influential artists in the alternative rock boom of the early ’90s,” and the university will place him among previous recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Alanis Morissette and MC Hammer.

“This really makes me proud,” Kiedis mother, Peggy Noble Idema, of Lowell, said. “Both my parents and Grandpa Idema were huge Gershwin fans – I grew up with their music.”

The award will be bestowed upon the singer at UCLA’s May 16 alumni day.

Kiedis, 52, was born in Grand Rapids, and lived here until he was 11, attending Brookside Elementary School. He frequently visits the area to visit his mother and other relatives.

Red Hot Chili Peppers last performed locally in 2012, at Van Andel Arena, its fourth time headlining the venue since 2000. The band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Recording for the band’s 11th studio album is set to begin in July, Idema said.

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Cuba for Klinghoffer!

Brief Josh Klinghoffer interview talking about performing in Cuba and how much RHCP want to play there too:

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The band’s guitarist said the historic thaw in Cuba-U.S. relations is a great opportunity for more U.S. bands to visit the island.

U.S. rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers want to play in Cuba, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer told local press in Havana Monday. “We have been planning to visit Cuba for a while, when I told the band that I was coming they all wanted to come with me and I can assure you that we will come soon, I’ll insist every week until we play here,” said Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer, who first visited Cuba 10 years ago, said he became “obsessed” with the idea of returning since his initial trip. The Chili Peppers guitarist was in town playing at a famous Havana club with the Roots drummer and producer, Questlove. Klinghoffer also said that the historic thaw in the Cuba-U.S. relations is a great opportunity for more U.S. bands to visit the island.

 

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Jim Leatherman Photographic Exhibition Featuring RHCP

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:

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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

 

 

New Tony Woolliscroft Exhibition

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

 

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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).

RHCP First Performance of 2015!

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-/

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Many thanks to Shalhevet for the info!

Auction for RHCP Signed Lakers Jersey

For anyone interested (Christmas is coming! It would make a lovely present for someone!), a Lakers’ jersey signed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is up for auction to help raise money for WhyHunger. WhyHunger is a non-profit organisation working to end poverty and hunger.

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This item is closing on  December 10th at 12:10pm and can be bid on now at: http://bit.ly/1t5gEds