Josh Klinghoffer Interview


Josh was interviewed backstage at Rock On The Range. I’ve added a transcript- I haven’t typed it all out because a lot of it was unclear as Josh’s voice is really muffled at times and the presenters talked over him a lot.


Presenters talking about shaving legs and Josh is joining in but very unclear…Then they finally seem to start the interview and talk about Josh playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What was it like when you did get that phone call [about being in RHCP]?
Josh Klinghoffer: It was shocking and exciting and kind of a beautiful moment. I was at a baseball game [talks about the teams]… it was July when Flea called me and we didn’t actually get a chance to play together until October.
So Flea made the call?
Josh Klinghoffer: Yes, Flea made the call.

Talking about Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse, etc. Presenter says RHCP have played some weird shows leading up to this e.g. half shows and then New Orleans and asks about what they are going to play now.
Can you give anything away? Are you going to step it up for Rock on the Range? Not that you need to. But you know what I’m saying.
Josh Klinghoffer: Yeah, it is a fairly rockin’ set. When we were invited to come here someone reminded us it was a very rock set … Are you sure you guys want to do this?

One of the presenters asks if her favourite song is on the set list. Josh says he’s seen the set list once and that it wasn’t included for this show although they have started playing it live. But he will ask about it. Presenter jokes she will shave his legs if he doesn’t. And that she now knows his name (in the starting bit she asked what he was called!).

They then talk about the new record being out on the 17th June and that there are 13 songs on the record and the presenter says the Chili Peppers are generous with their albums.
Josh Klinghoffer: Are you a fan of longer albums? Coz there’s always an argument, not an argument but a disagreement and there was with the last album and there was with this album about how many songs to release. It was 15 to start off with and then we took two off it. Brian [Danger Mouse] …we were aiming for 10 or 11 songs as we like shorter albums… so we settled on 13. With 13 we had to make a double vinyl rather than fitting it onto one. So there are pluses and minuses in that it kinda breaks up the whole album but I don’t know how people listen and if they listen to a whole album.

Presenter talks about how he likes to listen to records in order from beginning to end and how he got a record player for his birthday and which vinyls (includes Mother’s Milk). And then about what Brian/Danger Mouse is doing. Then asks what Josh is listening to.
Josh Klinghoffer: I’m not sure. It’s been a long time since I bought a new record. I listen to older stuff, I listen to weird African records and … [gets talked over]

Presenters talk about New Orleans style music (Zydeco] and then mention Ethiopian music.
Josh Klinghoffer: Well, Flea and I went to Ethiopia in 2010. And Flea told Anthony about getting lost and not being able to find all of us which was shocking because we turned around and he was gone. And yeah, I love Ethiopian music. I loved it over there. We’re trying to figure out how to get over there and play.

Ends with them joking about playing Aeroplane and that ‘Joshy’ hates her if it’s not played.

RHCP Tour 2016: Rock on the Range


The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Rock on the Range, Ohio, last night (May 22nd).

Set List:

Can’t Stop
Dani California
Dark Necessities
Nobody Weird Like Me
Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Right On Time
Higher Ground
Under The Bridge
Suck My Kiss
By The Way

Around The World
Give It Away

Dark Necessities
the first track released from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ forthcoming new album was played live for the first time! (It should have been played at the cancelled Weenie Roast and presumably would have been on the set list at the album launch party but both were cancelled due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization.)


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Dani California:

Suck My Kiss



Around The World:

Give It Away:

By The Way:

Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie:

Can’t Stop:


Many thanks to the AA team/Ana Paula and Shalhevet

RHCP at Rock On The Range Tonight (22nd)

This info is correct as far as I can tell!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are due on stage for their Rock on the Range performance at 9.20 p.m. local (Ohio) time according to the published schedule:


We can’t currently find a working live stream. One got taken down and another one is asking for credit card details even though it’s free… Umm! If we find something, we will update.



Hope everyone going has an amazing time! This is for you:

“Freer than a bird
‘Cause we’re rockin’ Ohio”

ET Canada Interview with Anthony Kiedis


RHCP’s frontman, Anthony Kiedis, has given an exclusive interview with ET Canada on his health and recent hospitalization and why the Red Hot Chili peppers had to cancel the shows:


Anthony Kiedis: Yeah, I’m good. Thank you. I think I had to get really sick to take a look at myself and get to the causes and conditions of my own health. And it turned out to be a good thing albeit being painful and a very sad to have to cancel the show. We don’t really do that. I’d rather play deathly ill than not play at all but in this particular instance, I was starting to go down as into the ground, so I got rushed to the hospital, got some help and now I get to figure things out.

ET Canada: That’s one of the things I’m interested from your perspective; this band is never one that cancels shows and I think that’s why people were so concerned but do you think it was blown out of all proportion? Coz I remember…

Anthony Kiedis: Umm…I think it was a slow news day.

ET Canada: Yeah, yeah.

Anthony Kiedis: Was what it was. Umm… yeah, you know when I opened my phone and saw I was on the news, I was like everything must be OK in the world today if that’s what’s making the news. Ummm… we don’t like to cancel shows. I had a teacher in high school who was called Carolee Brogue who was Peter Pan on Broadway when she was a kid, and she had uncontrollable diarrhoea but there was a matinee to play and a regular show to play, and she played them both with a diaper on, and she taught the acting class I was in that the show must go on. Don’t hang it up just coz you’re not feeling good, there’s a lot of people involved here, make it happen. So that’s been my philosophy for life until you just fall over and can’t actually stand up to play. So…

ET Canada: Are you comfortable telling us what happened or no?

Anthony Kiedis: Yeah. Basically I had inflammation in my guts. I had a stomach virus a few weeks ago and I’ve had operations on hernias from singing and…

ET Canada: Oh, really?
Anthony Kiedis: Yeah, coz I sing loud and dance and sometimes you rip your stomach open. So the scar tissue, the flu virus conspired to create an impassable inflammation so nothing I was eating was getting past the stomach and that becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out. So I had to be pumped clean in the hospital and lo and behold, I’m on the mend. But it’s a process.

ET Canada: How do you feel now?

Anthony Kiedis: Good. Not great but good.

Chad Smith & Flea Talk to Sirius XM

Sirius XM have released a few extracts of Chad Smith and Flea talking to Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready, at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans a few weeks ago.

Update: Here’s the full interview:

Red Hot Chili Peppers interview with Mike McCready (2016/05/17) from Tchefuncte Bonaparte on Vimeo.


Flea: I was listening to Prince a lot. He was a real big part of our development, my development.
Did you ever get to play with him?
Flea: I never did.
It would have been something like you guys would have crossed paths.
Flea: I never did. I never did. .Anthony hung with him I think once but in the pantheon of guys that we listen to a lot and stuff, especially like, because there’s few records ypu man we were so… Pre-Purple Rain, pre-1999 actually whatever the record is before that; Dirty Mind, Controversy. Like, what’s that 12” he put out? Time? In time? [Flea hums]

I kinda knew stuff a little bit after that. Sign of the Times was my record.

When is the new record coming out?
Flea: Soon. It was just mastered like yesterday.
The new single?
Flea: The new single is going to be called, ‘Go Robot’. And it’s a funny, funky, up-tempo jam. And it’s funny because when we were mixing and writing it and stuff …it was a real… I wanted it to sound like Controversy by Prince.”

Do you guys have any idea how integral and important you guys are to us as a band? And do you remember those early touring when we were with you?
Chad Smith: I do
And how important it was to us how cool you treated us. You know. And that’s just to me, I’m saying that but there are so many… [stumbles for words a bit] Stone wanting to play with Jack Irons to Jack Irons knowing Eddie to that whole thing.
Chad Smith: Umm. We have a connection. Yeah. We have a serious connection
But it could be said that we wouldn’t exist without the Chili Peppers
Chad Smith: No. Nah, nah, no…
In a lot of ways. It would be tough. We got to go out onto that tour with you, Blood Sugar Sex Magik when you guys were blowing up and you were super cool to us and introduced us to a whole way of this is how we do it. And now, you’re monitor Smity(?) is now our tour manager, Carey who was with Ratsound who was with Dave Rat…
Chad Smith: You poached all of our guys!
We poached all of your guys! Because they were all so good. You know?
Chad Smith: And they loved you. And I’m glad that it’s worked out as… you know?
Do you know how much we love you is what I’m trying to say?
Chad Smith: I do and it’s really nice for you to say that and you know, ummm…
Do you remember that tour of ’92?
Chad Smith: Yeah, I do!
Me too
Chad Smith: I do. It was a long time ago.
It was
Chad Smith: We were young men. And I used to be crazier.
Chad Smith: Yup!
Me too
Chad Smith: Yeah. Well, we were young and like you say, music was kinda charging. But I remember but I don’t know if you know this is that we were getting ready to go on tour, we were rehearsing at this place called the Alley in the Valley that we used to play all the time. And Smashing Pumpkins were already on the bill. And it was like, I want to say it was not long before, maybe a month before or maybe less. I don’t know but maybe you would know because you would know when, like you’re like you’re going on tour. But, Flea came, we were looking for a third band to go on tour and we like arrrrr, what can it be or who or what? And Flea was like, Jack Irons is friends with this Eddie who sings in this new band and they’ve put their record out and it would be really cool, you guys listen to it as a favour …
I did not know this
Chad Smith: Maybe take them out as your opening band.
Jack Irons?

Chad Smith: S sure why not? I remember sitting around his car. He used to have this Mercedes that had every panel of his car painted a different colour.
Chad Smith: Flea yeah. Clown car. Very Subtle. Wouldn’t know who as going down… [laughter] ‘90? Or ’91 was it?
That wasn’t a soft model, maybe. for a Mercedes you’re saying. Wow!
Chad Smith: Wow. It was definitely a wow car! And I remember him hitting, I think it was a cassette. [mumbling]
It probably was, yes.
He puts a cassette in. We were all hanging out smoking cigarettes. After rehearsal and listened to like about 30 seconds. And we were like, that’s pretty good. Yeah, OK! [Laughter]
I’m gonna thank you right now for doing that!
Chad Smith: And that was it. Everyone was in a good mood that day!

Phew! I’m glad you guys all left rehearsal in a good mood. So you might of heard… I guess the record must have been out. It must have been out then or something. Was it [?] or was it a three song EP or something
Chad Smith: Literally. I don’t want to be disrespectful at all. But we listened to it.
I did not know that story
Chad Smith: That is a true story. That is a true story. And then you guys come out with us. And..
It was so much fun.
Chad Smith: We had a blast.
My god it was so fun!
Chad Smith: We all had fun!
So fun! It was our first big tour. You guys were like hitting [?] hard.We were just like playing to 25 people, for 50 people but it didn’t matter. We had 8 or 10 songs maybe. And then you guys were so cool to us. … What I thought is personally when we were starting to make it is when Anthony wore our hat one night. He wore a Pearl Jam hat and I was like, we’re starting to make it! Anthony’s wearing our hat!

Chad Smith Interview on Absolute Radio

Chad Smith has just been interview on Absolute Radio here in the UK (May 17th). I’m not a typist so I couldn’t keep up with everything so I took notes. Milan at has recorded it but I have a migraine and sorry I don’t feel like transcribing the whole thing now. These are the main things:


Everyone said hello and then the interviewer asked about Anthony Kiedis following his hospitalization and cancellation of the Weenie Roast gig:

CS: Anthony Kiedis had stomach flu a couple of weeks ago and it came back. He’s on the mend and we will be playing this weekend (Ohio, Rock in the Range).

The conversation then moved to the new RHCP album, ‘The Getaway’ and the release date being a month today:

CS: [Joking] It’s like having a c-section on the 17th June and it’s coming out! Ready or not!

He then went on to mention the ups and downs e.g. Flea breaking his arm the first time they were in the studio.

It then moved to a discussion about Rick Rubin not producing for the first time in 25 years.

CS: We love Rick Rubin and he’s a great friend of ours but we just wanted to do something different and try someone new be inspired in a different way which lead to Brian and Nigel. Collaborative effort

‘Dark Necessities’ was then played with a crazy intro from Chad!

CS: Talking about live performances; proper bands love to play!

On playing festivals:

CS: It’s difficult putting a set list together because we want to play new songs but at a festival don’t have just fans so it’s a difficult balance. Also have a shorter set which has an effect.

On set lists: Anthony Kiedis is in charge of writing the set list and how his voice is feeling is taken into account but we all have an input. Says he thinks Reading set list will be different to the Leeds set list.

Fan Question: Chad Smith explains they’ve not played anything live yet. They had planned to play Dark Necessities at Weenie Roast. They haven’t played any of the new songs yet.

Talking about playing the new songs: I love ‘Turning Red’; ‘Go Robot’ is a funky song I love playing. Will possibly be a single.

Fan Question: Where do you see the band in 10 years?

CS: Playing concerts and enjoying life! Will keep going! What else could I do?!




Latest News on Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is feeling a little better each day and…  he’s home! I think that’s the news everyone wanted to hear!

We continue to send Anthony our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and also send our love to his family too as they have been through a really stressful time as well.

UPDATE: A British newspaper is running an article about Anthony Kiedis being out eating sushi with Flea on Sunday. I had linked to it previously. People immediately wondered about that (the sushi and the date) and there has been a lot of discussion about it because hair lengths (Flea) were different… My ‘AAA’ team have been working over time and we had the location of the photo, checked it out and there isn’t even a sushi place in that area. There is an organic food store which would have made more sense. However, I’ve just had verified word that this story is false. Anthony Kiedis was not out eating sushi on Sunday!

RHCP Still to Play Rock on The Range

Local news sites in Ohio are reporting that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will still be playing at Rock in the Range at the weekend. Although tomorrow’s iHeart Radio launch party for the new RHCP album, ‘The Getaway,’ has been postponed, a spokesperson for the band has confirmed that the band are expected to go ahead with the Ohio concert as scheduled. This extract is taken from The Columbus Dispatch:


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are still expected to perform at Rock on the Range on Sunday even though lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized over the weekend, a spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Source and full news story

RHCP Album Launch Party Postponed

I don’t think this will be a massive surprise to anyone but the launch party scheduled for RHCP’s ‘The Getaway’ on Tuesday has been postponed due to Anthony Kiedis’ illness and hospitalization. It has also been announced that Anthony is suffering from intestinal flu::



Anthony and iHeart Radio update

Due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th. They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes. Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon.


Photos of RHCP at KROQ Weenie Roast


Getty Images have uploaded a number of photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (of course without Anthony) at KROQ’s Weenie Roast yesterday (14th May). Some of the photos show Chad Smith and Flea being interviewed backstage prior to the concert (video in post below) and the others are of Chad Smith, Flea and Josh Klinghoffer on stage announcing to the audience that RHCP would not be playing due to Anthony Kiedis being taken to hospital :(