Newly Uploaded RHCP Magazine Scans

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I’ve finally got hold of a copy of the current edition of Rhythm magazine that features a lengthy interview with RHCP’s very own Chad Smith- 12 pages including unique photos taken in London plus the cover photo. Article and scans HERE It should be available to purchase in the UK but I wasn’t able to buy a copy locally; mine came from eBay.

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I’ve also just uploaded scans from a magazine from 1995 featuring Anthony Kiedis and Flea on the front cover and some quotes from them plus another full page photograph. Juice 1995

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.

Odd & Ends: Videos

A couple of recent videos of the band:

Josh and Chad playing ice-hockey

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Josh covering  REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’ in the bathroom….!

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RHCP to open for the Rams in a pre-game mini-show on Sunday (18th)

RHCP on Tour 2016: Oslo

(Sorry before the Stockholm one I’ve just posted- playing catch up here!)

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Photo credits: Henrik Lewandowski

Date: 8th September, 206

Location: Telenor Arena, Oslo, Finland

Set list:

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01. Intro+ Dark Necessities
02. Dani California
03. Scar Tissue
04. The Adventures of Rain dance maggie
05. Right on Time
06.Parallel Universe
07. Feasting on The Flowers
08. Snow
09. Sir Psycho Sexy
10. They’re Red Hot
11. Wild World by Cat Stevens (solo Josh) / Go robot
12. Californication
13. Under The Bridge
14. Sick Love
15. By The Way
ENCORE
16.Jam (What Is Soul) Dreams of a Samurai
17. Give it away

 

Notes:

RHCP started with Dark Necessities!
First time play for Feasting on the Flowers

Many thanks once again to Henrik Lewandowski for his information and photos.

 

 

RHCP on Tour 2016: Stockholm

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Date: 10th September, 2016

Location: Tele2 Arena; Stockholm Sweden.

Setlist:  

01 Can’t Stop
02 Dani California
03 Otherside
04 Dark Necessities
05 She’s Only 18
06 Search And Destroy
07 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
08 Go Robot
09 Californication
10 The Getaway
11 Look Around
12 Under The Bridge
13 Sick Love
14 By The Way
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15 Goodbye Angels
16 Give It Away

 

Notes: They covered Search and Destroy by Iggy Pop and The Stooges

Many thanks to Henrik Lewandowski for his set list information!

Videos:

Latest Scans Published

I’ve just added several more scans to the collection. The first couple are current/recent publications:

Drum! September 2016 Lengthy interview with Chad Smith:

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Hot Press from Ireland, August 2016. An interview with Flea about his break up with girl friend, making music, etc.

The current edition of Kerrang! (September 10th; 1636) has a multi-page article on the Reading/Leeds Festival and there’s a review of RHCP as part of that. There’s a transcript on the page for anyone who wants it!

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And finally from me, a back dated French magazine from 2002, Hard Rock It has a two page article and a review of RHCP at Paris (Olympia) on 4th June, 2002.

 

And then we have a number of non-English scans which have been sent by Red Hot Chili Peppers Club Mexico  -many thanks for their following contributions!

Circus magazine

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2009 August el sol de Toluca

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Metal Hammer (85) December 1994, Spain:

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Rockmania 1995

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And also the Spanish edition of April 1994’s Rolling Stone

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Hungarian Interview with Flea

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Flea was interviewed recently while on tour in Hungary; you can read the original interview HERE. Besides some basic information about the band, the new album and the Budapest concert, the article is also contains an interview with Flea which has been translated into English for us:

Translation:
Flea says before the first Budapest show: “We arrived in Budapest earlier this week because this city is the first stop of the fall arena tour, so we had to rehearse the show, plus we have new visuals. Recently we had a festival tour in Asia, North America and Europe.”

Flea talks about his Hungarian roots, namely that his paternal grandfather emigrated from Hungary to Australia. “It was nice to walk the streets of Budapest with my ten year old daughter. I was truly touched by being here, and knowing that I am also the part of the Hungarian culture. However, I have never lived here, never spoken the language, and have no knowledge about relatives living here. My name does not really sounds like a Hungarian one either, however, I can imagine that when the immigrants of the first half of the century arrived to Australia their names were recorded by pronunciation, and the authorities might have misheard them, and recorded them incorrectly.”

Flea does not remember their 1996 show in Hungary. “However, I remember that we arrived three days before the show because I wanted to watch Dire Straits perform here.”

The band recently seems more cohesive than ever. When John Frusciante left the band in 2009, Flea thought that it might be over, however, Josh came and the band works with him perfectly. “I guess all the band members would give four different answers to what defines the band’s inner strength. We are different personalities, we think different, we have different musical taste and background. But I am sure we share the love for music which strengthens creativity. Anthony and I still share an intense relationship, we consider each other as brothers, at the same time we have this ongoing rivalry between us. When I go on stage my goal is to let the rhythm get through me and make people feel touched by the music.”

The new album The Getaway looks like it lacks the rebellion and anger which the albums from the 80s and 90s owned.
“Tell those people who say that that I’ll knock them out. Putting the jokes aside, if you know any band in the world that rocks more than us, you are wrong. The intense rock is still defines our music… The Red Hot Chili Peppers is only able to take a step forward if we introduce new elements to our music.”

Flea also remembers the Blood Sugar Sex Magik era. He says they were able to truly relax in the studio that time first. “It was a crazy time, we have just began to learn life.”

He talks about his bees too: “The balance of nature is very important to me. The death of the bees is a huge issue all around the world. It is also important to me to eat healthy food, and honey is one of those. Cooperation between the bees for a long-term goal can be a good role model for our band chemistry as well.”

 

Many thanks to Csenge H for the link and the translation- much appreciated!