Many thanks to Stingray Music for letting me know about this interview with RHCP’s Chad Smith.
Date: Saturday 30th July, 2016
Location: Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Parallel Universe or Maggie- Parallel Universe was played
*Josh Klinghoffer: ‘I Would For You’ by Jane’s Addiction*
Under The Bridge
By The Way
Give It Away
Flea and Anthony Kiedis were interviewed for RTL 102.5 the other day. The interview is now online. It’s in Italian but I’ve just received a translation of it into English!
The interview can be found HERE
The speaker says how this is an absolutely exclusive interview, the only one for Italy, about “The Getaway”.
The interview took place in Paris on the 13th of June. He had to choose only two of the Peppers to speak with, and he asked for Anthony Kiedis and Flea. The other male speaker asks how the Peppers were feeling, he says that he found them really concentrated, really focused on this new album, that means a lot for them, that shows some changes, starting from the producer!
After Dark Necessities, he says something about the dazzling career of the band, reminding the two upcoming Italian concerts.
According to the interviewer ,the new album goes back in time even if the RHCP said goodbye to Rick Rubin and started to work with Danger Mouse. We can clearly feel purer sounds, Flea’s bass as the main character, a better sound articulation! Anthony answers that even if he respects his valid opinions, he doesn’t think that the album takes them back to the past, or better, there are some peculiar sonorities belonging to the past, but there’s a lot about future as well, it’s a kinda combination of those two sides. There’s a strong and rude power that can remind you of the old Red Hot, but in the new album we have brand new sounds, a new range of emotions and a brand new energy! Danger Mouse brought them a fresh and actual way of producing that let them reaching heady new lands. So, yes, there are some links with their past, but according to AK the whole album sounds really new!
The question after The Getaway, it’s about Flea writing his memories and how the band establishes their peculiar rhythm and sound on his bass. He kindly answers specifying that each one in the band is a part of the rhythm, not only him, even if he really appreciates his compliments. Than he says how writing the autobiography it taking a lot of time, considering that he’s writing on his own, with no help at all, and assuming that he’s involved in the creation of songs and in the development of the tour. He finds difficult, on side to make order in all his thoughts and memories, and on the other to produce something good, as he is a devote lover of literature since the very young age.
After Tell me Baby and By the Way, the interview goes on asking Anthony if it has been difficult to write and to record the new album. He says that it was, but in a good way. They learned so much during the recording, step by step, falling and rising. For example, Danger Mouse likes writing in studio, a thing that put pressure on them, ‘cause they have to do it! At the beginning it was really annoying, but Brian made them feeling each day more comfortable, he’s been able to show them that they can do something that they never expected they could really do in such a good way! And that is what a good producer does! He used to say to AK:”Come on, let’s sing an idea for this music!”leaving him like:”What?! Should I really do it now?! Can I just try?!” DM:”No, not trying! Just sing!”…for example, Go Robot’s vocal line went out in that way!
Then, the Interviewer asks Flea something that every RHCP fan desires to know! Does he express himself in such a crazy way (as he does on the stage) even in his personal life? He doesn’t seem, he maybe has got a deeper personality, just thinking about, for example, his passion for literature. So, are there two Fleas? He says that he’s the same person, but he distinguishes his public life from his personal life! He’s an entertainer, so when he express himself as an artist, he tries to do his best to entertain the audience. His personal life, is his personal life, even if he loves humanity. He think that the love that you’re able to feel shows what you truly are! But, of course, you’re also what you are and what people think you are, when they’re watching you on the tv or on their pc. He hopes that people, in their perception, love him, but he can’t control that!
The following question, is about the track called Dreams of Samurai, that feels like psychedelic, with Beatles’ ghosts in the atmosphere…we want to know if AK agrees with those impressions! He does! And he says thank you for noticing those intentions hidden in the song. He also says that Beatles’ ghosts are always welcome to join the party! Come on John Lennon, come on George Harrison! We’re always waiting for you! In the song there are also some background female vocals, from a Brian’s idea! The song has got an unusual timing, that for a long time made AK unable to compose a proper vocal line! It is not in 4/4 but he goes on in strange way, almost obsessive! One day, he figured out how to sing on it, and everything was alright! They definitely wanted to be more psychedelic, with that song, and he’s looking forward to play it live!
The radio plays Snow and Scar Tissue, and the interview goes on, asking Flea the meaning of The Getaway’s cover. He answers that it’s merely art, they make art! It is no didactic, not politic, it’s something ambiguous that people can interpret that can touch everyone in a different way! Definitions kill art! The most awful thing in the world, in Flea’s opinion, is that some people think that the only possible reading of the reality is theirs! There are a lot of different realities, and all of them deserve respect! But, back to the album cover, the girl is definitely Josh, the raven is definitely Anthony, the bear is definitely Chad and the raccoon is definitely Flea! Contradicting everything he said before!
The Getaway hosts such an unexpected collaboration, too! RHCP ft. Elton John! Anthony explains that it all begun when they composed the song called Sick Love! When they were listening at the final product, they observed sounds similar to the Elton John’s song, Bennie and the Jets, so they wanted to credit him, to pay him for his sounds. So they called Elton, explained him the situation and he offered by himself to join them in order to play the song! He’s funny, he’s warm, he’s humble…a true gentleman! He’s been through anything, and now he plays in our band!
The last question wants to enquire about the perception that the band has about the Italian fans, even if they’re followed worldwide! Anthony states that Italy is one of the best indicators of the quality of their works. It was proved when they recorded Californication, because they were in Italy on the day the album was released in the country, and AK heard few Italian guys, singing out loud Otherside inside their car, the very same day the album went out!! He thought it was impossible, but as he heard it, he felt really great about their new work, he understood it was a good one! So Italy is like a barometer (and he tries to say the italian word “barometro”), we know that if Italy likes what we’re doing, we’re doing a great job!
Thank you so much to Giorgia for translating this! It’s really appreciated 🙂
There is an interview on RTL 102.5 at 3pm today (local time: Italy GMT 1 hour+).
I’m totally losing track now but I don’t think I’ve posted this interview with Anthony Kiedis for Stern (Germany). There is a lengthy article and a video. (If anyone can translate the article, we’d really appreciate it!).
Finally a UK magazine (my collection has been feeling left out!) is running a review. The latest edition of Kerrang! (June 25th; issue 1625) has a full-sided review of The Getaway with the paint press release photo plus a snippet of the video interview they aired with Anthony Kiedis.
Entertainment is also running a fairly lengthy interview with Anthony Kiedis in which he discussed working with Danger Mouse rather than Rick Rubin, Elton John playing on Sick Love, etc:
How have the Peppers maintained a fruitful working relationship for so long?
We never had any confusion that everything should be equal: the sharing of the work, the sharing of the money, the sharing of the joy, the sharing of the pain. That was a big step in the right direction for us having the potential for longevity, because so many bands break over “Hey, I wrote that!” We do love and respect each other; we do fight regularly. Our attitudes, our moods, and our egos clash — but we’ve been able to work it out. We’ve been able to roll with the punches. Flea and I are like brothers. I don’t think that relationship will ever end no matter what, because you can’t quit your brother. You just can’t.
There’s another German article HERE
And also an online video from Argentina:
I guess it makes more sense to do the round up in a new post…
Five minute Video on Le Parisien TV; you can just make out Anthony’s replies in English- the video is in French and his replies are translated.
An article from Francais Express (in English) which talks about Anthony’s relationship with Helena Vestergaard ending and how he felt working with Elton John.
An article from Stern, Germany, with a brief video.
An article from Alternative Nation where Anthony talks about his sex life…
A video of Anthony’s Facebook Q & A session; not the whole thing as there were difficulties with the broadcast I believe:
Virgin Radio (Britain) Anthony Kiedis chats to Edith Bowman:
And I’ll add it here as well as the relevant post but here’s the video of the iHeart radio Launch party for The Getaway:
Many thanks to the A team!
I’m losing track of everything here so I’ll make a new post and add links as they come in! It’s a crazy day to be a RHCP fan today! 🙂
I posted a small extract from a Radio X interview by Chris Moyles with Anhtony Kiedis recently (it’s the one where Anthony talks about saving a baby). Here’s a link to the whole interview: Anthony Kiedis on Radio X (click on the Listen Again tab and it should work). Anthony’s part starts at 2:39:24
An article from Germany: Deutschlandradio Kultur (Thanks to Henrik!)
A brief article and a video link talking about the ‘rough patch’ after John Frusciante left the band from Alternative Nation (Thanks to Shalhevet)
A video from Audio Boom
An article from Vanity Fair Italy (Thanks to Ilenia)
Thanks to my AA team today for their help! 🙂
UPDATED: Full show can be seen HERE
RHCP was recorded performing in France on Tuesday for a TV show which was shown today.
Live Performance Date: 14th June 2016
TV release: 16th June 2016 on Canal+
Location: Studios SFP .
Give It Away
We Turn Red
The Longest Wave
Nobody Weird Like Me
By The Way
The video for RHCP’s ‘Dark Necessities’ single is now out. It only appears to be on the band’s Facebook page so I can’t currently embed it (will do so when I can).
New two-part interview with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Anthony does one voice over; the rest is Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer and Flea)
Question: On the radio
Flea: The first time I ever heard myself on the radio was in 1979 when I played in a group called Anthym.
Chad Smith: I was in Detroit, Michigan where I grew up and I was in a band called Toby Redd, with two ‘d’s. And we were kind of a modern rock band in the late 80s.
Flea: I remember it so well. We all were gathered round and drinking beers and stuff and waiting for it as we knew we were going to come on the radio in this three hour time period. We were so psyched and our song came on the radio and we couldn’t believe it. And the song was called ‘Clocks’ and the guy said, “And here’s a band called Anthym with a neat little ditty called Clocks.” And it came on and it was like this neat New Wave ditty [Flea sings, “do de doo dee de dee…” something like that!] and that was it and you know it was really exciting.
Chad Smith: It was pretty exciting. I remember we did an interview with the station late at night and then I drove home and I remember sitting in my driveway and listening to the radio station and hearing our interview which was obviously taped and waiting for them liketo talk to us. [Mock voice] “And a new band got a new record deal and this is their new song dada dada dah.” And I was like wow this is so cool. I cranked it up and wasby myself in the parking lot area of the driveway in my house at like midnight listening to our song. It was like pretty, pretty exciting to think you could even be on a station that played all of what I thought were like my favourite bands and heroes and I didn’t feel worthy, you know? [Laughs]
Flea: It’s funny coz I always think of that like you know we just put out our single for this new record last week, the song ‘Dark Necessities’, and I always have that feeling. I knew the song was coming out last Wednesday at 7a.m. I was up at 6.30 lying in my bed, put on my phone, put on the radio and I was like I wonder if they are going to play it when it comes out and sure enough, at 7a.m bam! there is the song. You know music is such an interior thing, you know, you sit by a room with your piano, your bass, whatever you write music, you get together with your friends and you kind of circle the wagons and you hold up in a room and you write and create and you write them songs. Then you get in the studio and once again, you know once again you circle them wagons, make a little bigger circle, and bring in a producer and shit and get into it and make this thing. And it’s all so personal, you know, and all of a sudden it’s all done and bam! it’s out in the world and it becomes there for everybody and it’s a really wild feeling, you know? It’s like thing that’s become so personal interior becoming for everybody and people are gonna like it or not like it or yell at ya or love ya or hug ya or tell ya to get lost. So it’s a crazy experience but every time I’m still excited to hear it on the radio and I still get this feeling man. I’m like 53 years old and I still just like, “we’re on the radio!” and my daughter’s running around and I’m like, “Sunny! SunnY! Get in here,” my 10 year old daughter, “we’re on the radio!” And she’s like, “Which one papa?” [squeaky voice]. And we’re dancing around the kitchen hearing it and stuff and making oatmeal. So it’s you know, it’s exciting.
Chad Smith: So yeah, you know that feeling never really goes away for me. Feel like a little kid. It’s like Christmas, oh my god… [laughs]
QUESTION: Last thing you heard on the radio?
Josh Klinghoffer: The score of a play-off game.
Chad Smith: Whoever was singing, what’s that song from Frozen? [someone speaks in the background]. That one! The Frozen song. I think Hamilton is the new Frozen for adults.
Flea: Dee dee do dee dee dee doo do….
Question: What does ‘The Getaway mean to you?
Chad Smith: Well, The Getaway obviously means the title of our new record.
Flea: Well, The Getaway means something intangible to me. But the thing is it makes me think about the band. The band’s always it’s been a real sanctuary for me, in the chaos of the world, growing up as a street kid kind of stuff, being able to bond with my friends and having a place to feel safe to be myself. You know we get mad, hurt each other’s feelings; it’s a real family and a brotherhood. The band has always been a place for me to getaway to. I mean not running away from ourselves but changing and growing and learning and becoming kinder, stronger and more beautiful people.
Chad Smith: You know there is a lot of stuff kinda going on in the world right now with refugees and a lot of people are struggling and when I think of it right now, that’s it. The sad part of it.
Josh Klinghoffer: The first title that we all agreed on. I don’t know. I suppose it means kinda like norms or practices that the band is used to. The way the record is made. The way some of the songs were written. The person that produced the labum.
Flea: I’m excited that on the album, which is a relatively short album for us as we tried to cut it down, we cut off songs that we really loved, but it’s thirteen songs long and every song really occupies its own emotional space.
Chad Smith: Yeah The Getaway is coming out. Dark Necessities has been out as a single; you know I’m really happy with that song. I think it has lots of elements of the Chili Peppers but also is real different and has some growth and change in it. So I think it’s a really good example of where we’re at now as a band.
Josh Klinghoffer: There’s a song called ‘The Hunter’ which I think is a beautiful song, sort of different to anything the bands done before.
Chad Smith: ‘Dreams of a Samurai’ which is the last song on the record, which if it was up to me I wouldn’t have put it last- you see when you’re in a band, there’s a democratic situation and everybody has their vote and I didn’t want it to get lost (?) because I think it’s a really cool song for us.
Josh Klinghoffer: Yeah. No nor did I.
Chad Smith: Again, different a lot of growth.
Josh Klinghoffer: Yeah. That’s truly an interesting song with choir, with some strings, maybe.
Chad Smith: I think we played the song maybe twice so it’s caught a real good spontaneous moment for us.
Flea: I don’t really have favourites. I just love the creative process as a time capsule of where we’ve been during this portion of our lives, you know?
Chad Smith: I don’t know who came up with the title, it might have been Anthony, our singer.
Anthony Kiedis voiceover: Our new song Dark Necessities is about a group of unemployed astronauts sitting around a Ralph’s parking lot trying to eat ice-cream through their astronautical helmets and not having great success.
Question: What is included with the Limited Edition release of ‘The Getaway’?
Josh Klinghoffer: Apparently a cassingle
Chad Smith: I think that was Flea’s idea. A cassette. And then you get some of his toenails that he probably clipped last week and a couple of strands of Anthony’s pubic hair, and one of Josh’s old tennis shoes. Nothing from me.