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.

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Fundraiser 2016

Last night the Red Hot Chili Peppers played at the annual fundraiser hosted by Anthony Kiedis and Flea for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Date: 23rd September, 2016

Location: The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles

Set List:

Included…

Around The World

Dark Necessities

Goodbye Angels

Sick Love

By The Way

Californication

Mommy Where’s Daddy

Parallel Universe

Photo Credits: Kimberly Hunt Nolte

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Many thanks to Kimberly for the information and for so kindly giving us permission to use her photographs. Thanks also to Shalhevet for sourcing the video links.

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.

RHCP on Tour 2016: Rams’ Game Pre-game Mini-set

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Date: 18th September, 2016

Location: L. A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Details: Pre-game set before the match between the LA Rams v. Seattle Seahawks

Set List:

Can’t Stop

Dark Necessities

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Video recording broadcast live from the event on our Facebook page can be seen HERE

Many thanks to Angra for all of this!

Update! Will add as appropriate 🙂

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Pre Game Performance!!! Hawks vs. Rams!!! #GoHawks #RHCP #RedHotChiliPeppers #LOB #LAColiseum @aprilla_c @lacoliseum

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It’s Confirmed! RHCP to appear at Rock in Rio 2017

After a lot of speculation and rumour, it has finally been confirmed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing Rock in Rio 2017 as the closing headline act after attracting the festival’s largest attendance in 2001. Apparently more information will be released shortly with the Rock in Rio card going on sale in November.

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Source: Rock in Rio Facebook

New RHCP Band Member Interviews

Several New Articles/Interview of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are out!

Anthony Kiedis Interview from Finland:

Updated: An English translation has been added

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There’s an interview with Anthony Kiedis from Finland on the national broadcasting website YLE.  He talks about taking his son on tour, RHCP working with Danger Mouse on the new album and the US presidential campaign.

English translation:

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Free time is the worst for ex-junkie

 

Anthony Kiedis has arrived to the ends of the Earth. That’s how Finland seems in the eyes of the world-famous rock star and Hollywood. The route here should be familiar, because this is the sixth time in Finland for one of the biggest rock bands in the Earth, Red Hot Chili Peppers. This time Kiedis’s eight-year-old son is with them.

It’s been almost 30 years since the first visit. The televised gig at Provinssirock drew attention not only with its energy but also because the only thing the band wore were tennis socks to cover the strategic parts.

 

– We were young, healthy boys from Hollywood. Maybe we were looking for the sexual vibes in our performance that are in our music. We did “sox on cox”-performance in special occasions, and the gig in Provinssirock was obviously one of them.

 

The death of one of the founding members of the band, the guitarist Hillel Slovak, cast a dark cloud over the first gig in Finland. He died of drug overdose not long after the tour.

 

-When we came back home to Los Angeles, Hillel was thinking about his future: Should I change my habits or should I stay the safe, dangerous road. We didn’t understand how deadly some drugs can be. In some cases trying once is enough.

 

– I still miss him. On the other hand the tour had gone well and it left a beautiful memory of him.

 

“Drugs are still part of my psyche”

 

Anthony Kiedis has a long history with drugs as well. He has been sober for years, but the drug background still affects his life.

 

– It is definitely a part of my psyche. I have been sober for a long time, but drugs are still a part of me.

 

The are numerous stories of the rambunctious tour-life of the rock bands. Maybe to somebody’s  surprise Anthony Kiedis thinks months-long tour is a safe environment.

 

– On tour I am at work. Focused. I have things to do. It’s harder after the tour, when you go home. Then I am isolated. And what’s even worse, I have free time. Then you have to be careful.

 

One motivation to making an effort is the fact that Kiedis is a father to an eight-year-old son. He is with him in Helsinki.

 

– I want him with us on tours. Of course sometimes he is at home and goes to school. But it is fun that we can do stuff together during long tours. I thought of showing him a bit of Helsinki, maybe we’ll make a short walk to the parks. It is important that he gets at least little influences from rest of the world.

 

Change from producer legend Rick Rubin 

 

Red hot Chili Peppers is one of the most popular bands in the world. The band has sold tens of millions of albums. A key influencer on the background has been Rick Rubin, the producer wizard, for over two decades. When Red Hot Chili Peppers started working on their latest album, they let him go, though.

 

– Maybe that’s just that, we had worked with him for so long. We had to challenge ourselves, to step out of our comfort zone. To do something, that forces us to change.

The producer on The Getaway -album which was released during the summer is Danger Mouse, who is better known in the electro music genre. He has worked with Beck and The Black Keys, who are heavily influenced by traditional rock’n’roll. Anthony Kiedis says Danger Mouse is nice, but firm guy.

 

– The way Danger Mouse works is completely unique. His creative work happens in the studio. It’s very spontaneous. Sometimes we would go to the studio in the morning with nothing, and at midnight when we went home, we’d have a finished song.

 

– He would tell our bassist Flea to play like James Brown. Or change it to something else if he didn’t like what he heard. He was actively involved in the song writing process.

 

The presidential candidates of USA are poison

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers is not know as very political band. Anthony Kiedis, who is in charge of lyrics, admits that the band has no political agenda. Despite of that he perks up when we start talking about the presidential campaign of USA.

 

– We were with democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. He was an exceptional candidate: Trustworthy, smart, empathetic.

 

-Last 130 years, ever since industrialism, the presidents of United States have been puppets of billionaires like Rockefeller. They have decided who will be the next president with their dollars. Bernie couldn’t be bought.

 

Kiedis’s favourite didn’t reach the final round. Two bad candidates were left.

 

– I have to pick one of two poisons. Maybe I will choose slower death aka Hillary. She just got sick though, which can have a surprising impact in the result. What is important is how fast she can recover and if she can give a strong impression on TV debates.

 

Kiedis thinks Republican candidate Donald Trump is a reality TV star who is not measured on the same scale with other politicians.

 

– We look at him like he’s an entertainer. If Trump lies or says something outrageous, we think, that that’s just the actor he is.

 

In the United States publicity is everything. That’s why musician who have searched stardom are a part of the political game. Anthony Kiedis doesn’t feel pressured to state his political opinion, though.

 

– I don’t think about fame. I just want to tell the truth. Also, I am not politically active artist. I make music because I want to create something beautiful and positive into this world. In the end, politics are quite depressing.

 

Many thanks to Linda for this!

 

 

 

MTV Finland Review and Flea Interview Video:

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There is also a review of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ recent concert in Helskini on MTV Finland‘s website- it translates through Google Translate pretty well for anyone interested. It’s titled: “Comment: Red Hot Chili Peppers – the world’s worst and best band?” and that sums up the nature of the article. The reviewer seems to to be saying he has been disappointed by RHCP’s live performances in Finland in the past however, the latest performance comes off more favourably and they do have some massive hits hence his “worst and best” comment.

However, right at the bottom of the article there’s a brief video interview (no embed code/direct link) with Flea talking about playing Finland in the past e.g. Provinssirock back in 1988 and how exciting it is to be in Helsinki both then and now.

 

Josh Klinghoffer Interview on Pirate Radio

Again no embed link, but you can listen to it on the Unofficial Josh Klinghoffer website. He talks about playing with RHCP and he specifically mentions ‘Encore’ as well as his influences.