RHCP: Israel


The decision to play Israel by the band sparked a lot of controversy online with even a Palestinian group set up calling for the Chili Peppers to cancel the concert and it seems that the controversy is continuing in a different way as things don’t seem to be getting off to a brilliant start for Anthony Kiedis in the country; a local TV station is running an item on the arrival of the Red Hot Chili Peppers including footage of a brief altercation between Anthony and a camera man working for an Israeli TV station.

The article accompanying the video suggests that the vocalist was nervous but it seems more likely that he was annoyed by the man filming him while trying to enjoy the view from a viewing platform (a woman who was standing close to Anthony also walked off seemingly annoyed so maybe that was a factor too?) as Anthony can be just about heard saying something about a “nice welcome” in a sarcastic tone before going over to the camera man and appearing to punch the camera (from the comments made; the footage at this point is of the floor rather than what is happening) resulting in a brief argument between the two men.

Anthony is persuaded to get into the car by others around him while Dave Mushegain (AK’s close friend and RHCP photographer for the forthcoming fan based book) tells the cameraman repeatedly that he’s “done” filming.



Many thanks to Shalhevet & Ana for sourcing the links. News report with video link HERE

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Knebworth Tickets

I know from Facebook, etc. that there’s some panic over the arrival of Knebworth tickets for the RHCP concert on Saturday 23rd June. One of the tickets I ordered for a friend arrived this morning (I got the email notification to say they’d been sent yesterday) and I’ve had an email to say my other tickets and car park permit have been dispatched today… so they are coming out! Another friend is still waiting for her ticket and she was told that 67% of tickets have been dispatched so hopefully everyone will have got an email confirmation and the actual tickets in the next few days!

For those of you interested, it’s not actually a ticket but a micro-chipped wristband that has the full details of your ticket and any extras included in it; there’s also a leaflet with more details:

RHCP Knebworth 23rd June 2012: Ticket /wristband:

Red Hot Chili Peppers Knebworth wristband

RHCP Knebworth 23rd June 2012: Information Leaflet

red hot chili peppers knebworth england concert leaflet

red hot chili peppers knebworth england concert

 Update: Parking Permit

The rest of my tickets and the parking permit arrived today 😀


Frusciante NOT with RHCP at Hall of Fame Induction


An interview with Chad Smith for Billboard, that’s just been released, has confirmed that John Frusciante will not be appearing with the other Red Hot Chili Peppers members when RHCP is inducted into the Rock in Rock Hall of Fame; he also confirms that Anthony Kiedis is on the mend and that the band are preparing for the release of another single off I’m With You:

That said, Smith expects the group to be on the road for most of the rest of this year. With Kiedis “on the mend,” the Chili Peppers hit the road again on March 29 in Tampa, Fla., before heading to Europe in June, with some U.S. make-up dates in August and in the fall. So a new album certainly isn’t likely until the end of 2013 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers are also prepping for the release of a another single from “I’m With You” (“Brendan’s Death Song”) as well as the group’s April 14 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith says the group, which on that night will also include past drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez, will perform at the ceremony as well as host a private party the night before the inductions. Guitarist John Frusciante, however, will not be attending.

“He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect,” Smith says. “We asked him… He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”

But, Smith adds, that won’t dampen the celebration in Cleveland. “I’m very pleased about it,” he says. “Music’s not a competition. Yeah, you like to win Grammys and stuff, but (the Rock Hall) is different. It’s not like the flavor of the month or the flavor of the year; it’s for a long career we’ve been fortunate enough to have. I’m very humbled, because the people who are in there…it’s not a joke. It’s very cool. So we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun thing. There’s no pressure, like, ‘Are we gonna win?,’ none of that s***. We can just go and have a good time and celebrate with our friends and our families and our fans.”

Read the full Billboard article HERE 

Thanks to Ana and Andjelka for the heads up on this article.

Rolling Stone February 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers feature several times in the latest edition of Rolling  Stone to hit the bookstands! (It’s the issue with Ziggy Stardust on the cover).
Many thanks to Melanie for letting us know about this and sharing the scans with  us.



Red Hot Chili Peppers

The 02, Dublin,November 4th 2011

When he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2009, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer faced the tough task of convincing fans that he was a worthy replacement for the band’s recently departed slinger, John Frusciante. This Dublin stop on the Chilis’ I’m With You tour proves that Klinghoffer is highly proficient at playing Frusciante’s complex tunes, even if he never sounds as fluid as the man himself. The set list is heavy on the group’s hit period, from Blood Sugar Sex Magik-fueled early Nineties to the early-2000s standouts on Californication and By The Way. “Scar Tissue” sends the crowd into hysterics, and Anthony Kiedis wails an impressive rendition of “Under The Bridge,” whilst still finding time to tell security to go easy on an unruly fan, forward to the end, the band plays a jammed out cover of Neil Young’s 1969 classic “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere,” before wrapping with a frenetic “Give It Away.” Frusciante’s defection may have wounded the Chilis, but it hasn’t been a mortal blow.


Chilis Postpone Tour Due to Kiedis Foot Injury

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have postponed their US tour, which was set to launch on January 20th, so that frontman Anthony Kiedis can recover from multiple foot injuries. The frontman recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot,” said the band. Kiedis is expected to fully recover in time for the rescheduled trek, which kicks of March 29th in Tampa, Florida. The Chilis will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th.

The scans are for your info only; if you can buy this magazine please go out and do so 🙂 You can also subscribe to an online version of the magazine HERE

The latest RHCP tour dates!

Here you go- hope this makes a few more people happy! 🙂

04/27  Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre | On sale 1/27 at 10am
04/30  Ottawa, ON | Scotiabank Place | On sale 1/27 at 10am
05/02  Montreal, QC | Bell Centre | On sale 1/28 at 12pm
05/04  Newark, NJ | Prudential Center | On sale 1/28 at 10am
05/07  Boston, MA | TD Garden | On sale 1/27 at 10am
05/10  Washington, DC | Verizon Center | On sale 1/27 at 10am
05/11  Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Center | On sale 1/27 at 10am
05/25  St. Louis, MO | Scottrade Center | On sale 1/28 at 10am
05/26  Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena | On sale 1/27 at 10am
05/28  Rosemont, IL | Allstate Arena | On sale 1/28 at 10am
05/30  Pittsburgh, PA | Consol Energy Center | On sale 1/27 at 10am
06/01  Detroit, MI | Joe Louis Arena | On sale 1/27 at 10am
06/02  Cleveland, OH | Quicken Loans Arena | On sale 1/27 at 10am
06/04  Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center | On sale 1/27 at 10am
06/06  Cincinnati, OH | US Bank Arena | On sale 1/27 at 10am
06/07  Louisville, KY | KFC Yum Center | On sale 1/28 at 10am

More info on RHCP.com

Thanks to Shalhevet for reminding me to post this!

Anthony Kiedis Operation & US Tour Dates Rescheduled

Photos came out yesterday showing anthony Kiedis attending a Lakers game walking on crutches and with a cast on his foot; more information has come out today.


RHCP drummer, Chad Smith, has tweeted about Anthony’s injury:

“Ak had surgery mon.on his foot so he’s out for 8 weeks..our sincere apologies for the inconvience. ALL u.s. dates have been rescheduled.”

More information and rescheduled tour dates have been posted on RHCP.com page:

“Red Hot Chili Peppers regret to announce that they must postpone the start of their upcoming U.S. tour due to multiple foot injuries sustained by Anthony Kiedis. Anthony recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery.”


Tickets for the postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

Old Date    New Date      City                           Venue

01/20         04/02             Sunrise, FL               Bank Atlantic Center*

01/21         03/31             Orlando, FL              Amway Arena*

01/23         03/29             Tampa Bay, FL         Tampa Bay Times Forum

01/25         04/06             Charlotte, NC           Time Warner Cable Arena

01/27         04/04             Raleigh, NC              RBC Center*

01/28         04/07             Columbia, SC           Colonial Life Arena*

01/30         04/10             Duluth, GA               Gwinnett Center*

01/31         04/09             Greensboro, NC       Greensboro Coliseum

02/03         04/12             Memphis, TN            FedEx Forum*

02/04         10/04             New Orleans, LA      New Orleans Arena*

02/17         08/14             Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena*

02/18         08/15             Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena*

02/26         08/11             Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center*

02/27         08/12             Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center*

02/29         09/23             San Diego, CA          Valley View Casino Center*

03/02         09/25             Glendale, AZ             Jobing.com Arena

03/04         09/27             Denver, CO               Pepsi Center*

03/06         09/29             San Antonio, TX        AT&T Center*

03/08         10/20             Houston, TX              Toyota Center*

03/09         10/02             Dallas, TX                 American Airlines Center*

03/13         10/24             Tulsa, OK                  BOK Arena

03/15         10/22             Oklahoma City, OK   Chesapeake Arena

03/16         10/25             Little Rock, AR          Verizon Arena

 Source Many thanks to Andjelka for the update.

On behalf of everyone at TheChiliSource.com & AnthonyKiedis.net, I would like to wish Anthony a speedy recovery. Get better soon!

RHCP I’m With You Stage

Ret Hot Chili Peppers have a brand new stage set for their current I’m With You tour and RHCP Brazil decided to find out more; they’ve very kindly translated their original article into English and shared the information, interview and photos they have with us.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have started an epic world tour using the very best in the entertainment industry and a very experienced technical team.

Started in Germany on 07th October, the world tour for the new album “I’m With You” has a huge LED Backdrop panels made ??with V28 LSI Saco, a band’s logo drawn on the floor made with 30mm LED from Tait Towers and eight impressive chandeliers that move  and expand itself giving dynamism, depth and a three-dimensional performance.

The new stage has an octagonal shape as a base, from the logo of the band on the stage to the trussing and was fully designed by United Visual Artists (or UVA), studio based in London and intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation.

The RHCP Brazilian website  talked to David Bajt, d3 projects leader (UVA’s own software which you will understand more below), and he told many details about the new stage, that although it seems to be a very complex construction, it only takes 2 hours to build it up in those rooms.

 Did you receive some briefing from RHCP management to build the stage or the whole creation was 100% by UVA?

It was pretty much 100% UVA design, but of course it had to be realistic in terms of touring, and the band had to like it too.

 What are the sizes of the screens used at this stage?

Backdrop: 17.92m wide, 6.72m high

Floor: 21m wide, 12m.

Chandelier: 3.024m wide and high (closed), 9m high + trussing = approx. 10.5m high

 Are LED Backdrop and chandeliers’ resolution the same? What’s their resolution?

Every chandelier has the resolution 336×336

The backdrop has the resolution 640×240

The floor has the resolution 700×400

 There are 8 chandeliers, how they were built? Are they made using LED or another specific material?
The LED for the chandeliers are made of SACO v9 panels provided by Nocturne PRG. The chandeliers themselves has been built and engineered by Tait Towers. All movements are controlled by the Tait Navigator system, which sends all position, rotation and expansion data to d3 which automatically maps content onto them, regardless if they are open, closed or rotated.

 Do they stay only above the band or they also move towards above the audience?

The screens stay on top of the band, as they form one design together with the floor and the backdrop.

 I’ve seen the chandeliers expanding in some music and it looked like it was being opened above each tip of the asterisk. How does it work? Was it inspired on that screen created by Barco for U2 that expands as well?

We used the band’s logo as a key for the design – it’s on the floor, and the screens above the band reflect this in a more abstract way. Expanding screens are not new, but you don’t often see them in this versatile way. They expand using motors at the very top and very bottom of every chandelier, and all the tracking data goes into d3. d3 is our home-made integrated production toolkit, we (UVA) use it for all our installations. Using d3 we can pre-visualize the show in 3d, and use it to sequence all the content / kinetics. During the show we use it to control the video content, screens movements and live camera feeds. Both U2 and this RHCP show use 360 screens, so in that sense it is similar, although the feel to the whole show is very different. U2 also use our d3 system, so that is similar too!

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 What’s the speed they move?

It’s quick! It takes about 20 sec to go from completely closed to completely expanded.

 About lights, animation and screen movement: Is it everything automatic? Or who is in charge to control everything? Once I heard about a control called GrandMA, I don’t know much about this product but is it used?

Yes, the video operator (Leif Dixon) and the lighting designer (Scott Holthaus) both use GrandMa desks, which are used a great deal in the live music industry, usually to control the lighting. There are a lot of things going on during a big show like this – screen movements, video content, lights – and all these elements might all have their own system behind it. We successfully integrated d3 with a GrandMA for the first time, meaning that you can use the GrandMA desk to jump to the next cue in video content, for example. This gives the show controllers a lot more flexibility.

 The data from the screen positions comes into d3 automatically, but many of the screen positions and configurations have been programmed in during the production rehearsals. As soon as we get the set list from Anthony Kiedis (this is usually only 15 min before the show) we tell ‘Motion Rob’ who controls the screens to match the screen positions with the content of the songs. The lights and the video are ‘cue-based’, the video operator uses a GrandMa desk to jump to the next cue in d3’s timeline. The band is jamming and adding/reducing bars a lot so it’s impossible to use Midi timecode or similar. This is a real punk-rock band that improvises a lot, so a completely pre-made show would never fit with their musical spontaneity.

 About animation and lighting design process, were they made after the stage had been completely finished or was everything planned together?

Some content was planned during the design process but the lighting was sequenced during the production rehearsals. The good thing with d3 is that you can simulate all the video design months before the show opens! These animations were sent to the management and the band for approval.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 Some people complained about the fact there is no screen with live images of the band playing, that it could be good for those who are very far from stage. Why do all images have effects? Is it some RHCP decision to avoid illegal video on the internet?

This depends on the show, all of them are different – the ones in London and Germany for instance had a lot of real time camera with and without effects, but maybe you saw a different one?

 Who had the idea to make the RHCP logo on the floor using LED? What kind of material have you used to make a great visual effect and also to uphold all equipment above?

It was our idea here at UVA. We only specified the architectural shapes, screen movements, and the requirements of the LED screens (brightness, pixel pitch) and of course specifying how the lighting trusses would be designed. For example you can see that the 3 lighting trusses inside the chandeliers follow the same shape as the logo. It’s all been thought about very thoroughly, you have to when you are working on this scale. Tait Towers, who are specialized in building stages, made sure everything was engineered properly and the whole set works.

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 But the band put a carpet on stage so it’s almost impossible to see the asterisk, do you know why? Is the surface too flat or smooth?

It’s a very practical and personal reason: Anthony Kiedis has some trouble with his knees, so for some shows they had to put a soft carpet on the floor to accommodate this. This will be replaced with a transparent screen though so the logo is fully visible. The band really like it – in fact Chad requested the elevated drum stage he’s on to be a mesh (it wasn’t at first) so he could see the floor better!

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 How much weight each video screen has? How much tons approximately has the entire stage?

We don’t know, sorry.

 How do you make this transportation from one country to another?

There’s 5-6 big trucks shipping all the kit and another 5-6 tour buses transporting staff.

 How long does it take to build the entire stage on the show? There are bands that have more than one set in the next town they’d be playing in order to build it up in time, is it necessary to RHCP?

As designers, we only come up with the idea and how to get it built – so we don’t actually build up the stage. However, RHCP tour management have a very experienced and professional team that tour with the Peppers and build up the stage for their show. We know it only takes approximately 2 hours to build the entire stage!! so this is why they can travel and do a show somewhere else every day. 

 In terms of logistic, how difficult and expensive can be to bring this stage to Brazil?

Sorry, we don’t know this one either. This is part of the band’s management.

 For next year that will have outdoor gigs, stadiums and big arenas, will they use the same stage?

Yes, at least for the US part of the tour. We are not sure what will happen next, this would be up to the band’s management.

 All this structure is special for RHCP or it’ll be commercial line in the future?

Featuring the RHCP logo, it’s made especially for RHCP, so it won’t be seen anywhere else.

 What are the other bands that UVA works for?

We’ve designed the stages (and content) for bands like Massive Attack and Jay-Z but our production toolkit d3 is used by many bands including U2, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Robbie Williams, Battles, George Michael and many more.

 Thank you

More Photos

Credits to: James Medcraft

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You stage set up new

Many thanks to Altair at RHCP Brazil  for sharing this amazing information and for translating it into English too! The original article, in Portuguese, can be seen HERE for anyone interested.

RHCP Romania Tallinn 30th July 2012 Ticket Details


RHCP are due to play Romania on 31th July 2012 in Bucharest (Romania)

Red Hot Chili Peppers Bucharest 31st July 2012

Many thanks to Viorel and Eva who have provided the information on this; Eva has told me that there is a club, FBI Concert Club, that people can join (free) and this will allow them to purchase tickets in a pre-sale on Thursday. An an activation link will be sent to you by email that you then use to access the ticket sale to buy tickets.

Here’s the link to join the club: RHCP Romania Sales link

Tickets will go on sale via this link on the 8th December at 10 am Estonian time. (2 hours ahead of GMT).

Ticket Details:

Front Row tickets: Will need to buy fanzone tickets which are 79 euros.

Regular Tickets: The first sale of regular tickets will be at 49 euros each. This will then rise to 55 euros and again to 59 euros closer to the concert.

RHCP Poster competition, Israel Update and Grammy Nomination

RHCP to Play Israel:

After weeks of rumours, it has now been confirmed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing a concert in Israel next summer which is great news for all of our Israeli friends who have been waiting a very long time to see Anthony Kiedis and RHCP.

It’s official: Ten years after the painful cancellation, the band “Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first show in Israel on September 10, 2012, and stand on the stage of the Yarkon Park in Tel – Aviv. In recent weeks we have reported on the contacts of producer Shuki Weiss bringing Israel and tonight (Thursday) are exposed to all information and ticket sales launched.

The sale will be held at the ticket office “Castle”, when the price of a limited number of presale tickets will be 320 dollars*. Then he will climb up to -390 dollars* per ticket. In addition, like many previous instances, will have the option to pay a “gold ring” in the region close to the stage in 750 shekels, and a VIP card, which includes seating Invision Power Board with Joshua Gardens parking and refreshments, at 1,200 dollars.

Source and original post (sorry, this is a Google translation * and it appears to have exchanged the word shekels for the word dollars- see first comment.)


RHCP 2011 Grammy Nomination:

Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You Best Rock Album Grammy Nomination


Red Hot Chili Peppers have received a nomination in the best rock album category for I’m With You in the 2011 Grammy nominations. Source

RHCP.com Facebook Poster Competition:

The official RHCP website has launched a competition on their Facebook page whereby sharing the new Red Hot Chili Peppers video for Monarchy of Roses enters you with a chance to win one of 15 posters signed by Anthony Kiedis and the rest of the band:

Want to win an “I’m With You” poster signed by the band? Just share the new Monarchy Of Roses video to all your Facebook friends now, and 15 winners will be contacted at random by Tuesday, December 6th to win!


RHCP Facebook Page and link to share

Thank you to Shalhevet, Ana and Anna for info and links.