UPDATED: Video added
Chad Smith visited the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities) on Thursday (13th November). There are photos of the event on the Turnaround Arts Facebook page:
The Monterrey Herald also has a large article on Chad’s visit to Mary Chapa School with several videos and photographs.
A slightly different photo to the one most of us are used to from the Abbey Road shoot by photographer Chris Clunn. Enjoy
I’ve just uploaded the article HERE (it’s a feature on the work of Chris Clunn and doesn’t seem to mention the Chilis other than include this photo- the article is in German) but I thought the photo was worthy of adding to the front page.
Chad Smith was at the premiere of the ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ movie that documents Glen Campbell’s final tour after the musician was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The premiere was held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on the 11th November, 2014. In the video clip, Chad explains that he wanted to be involved in the project because he grew up listening to Glen Campbell’s music as his own father was a big fan and that his father sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s himself, making the connection even more poignant.
In another piece of news, it’s been announced that Chad will attend the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California on Thursday as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities). The school is one of 35 schools in the US to be chosen for the project which identified schools that were deemed to need additional resources in order to help improve the overall educational experience of the pupils they taught. Chad will be speaking to the pupils and delivering art supplies and musical instruments. Source
Flea has been interviewed by Rolling Stone as part of the promotion for his role in the movie, ‘Low Down’; he talks about comparisons between his own life and that of the main character in the film especially growing up in a household where music and drugs played a large part plus Flea’s own experiences of taking drugs. Here’s an excerpt:
Given the parallels between Amy-Jo’s story and your experience growing up, what goes through your head when you’re watching the movie?
For me, the whole thing just feels very dreamy. Obviously, it’s a sad thing – having a drug addict parent as a little kid and stuff. My greatest hope is that people see the freedom and the joy that’s there, too. Amy and I grew up in very similar circumstances: We’re the same age, and I grew up in Hollywood with a junkie jazz musician parent that’s like absolutely crazy. I read the script and I was like, “Holy fuck.” We were [both] like, yeah, there were the hard parts – the challenging parts of dealing with someone with a substance abuse problem and the bummer of it – but there was also the music, man. I was a kid, and those guys would be in my living room, playing, jamming, I just couldn’t believe that people could do that. It gave me such a high watermark for what human beings are capable of in my life. So I hope that you get that a little bit in the movie.
Full interview on Rolling Stone. For more on ‘Low Down’ the movie, please see our earlier post HERE
Ex-RHCP drummer Cliff Martinez has worked on the team producing the soundtrack to the game Far Cry 4.
“It was an honor to be asked to write the music for the Far Cry 4 game as my first full-length video game soundtrack. It was exciting for me to be asked to take my usual minimalistic cinematic approach to the immersive game world. Any game where you can ride on a rampaging elephant is a project you can’t turn down!” Martinez said in a statement.
Far Cry 4’s soundtrack reportedly became available digitally on Tuesday, November 4. A limited edition 2-CD version of the soundtrack will also be available as soon as Tuesday, December 2, according to Amazon US. It’ll also be available on Amazon UK on Monday, December 8. A 3-LP edition of the soundtrack is also promised for January, 2015.
FarCry 4 is slated to release on Tuesday, November 18 in North America and Europe for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Source
Flea features in the Die Antwoord video for their song ‘Ugly Boy’. If you want to check him out, Flea’s main appearance starts about 3.18 and lasts for a couple of seconds. He’s also in the video briefly later on.
The video also features cameos from Marilyn Manson and Jack Black… and someone who looks very like Cara Delevingne. Source
Ultimate Classic Rock are hosting an online ‘Hall of Fame’ voting competition and the link is all over my Facebook pages right now as the first round features the Red Hot Chili Peppers versus Bon Jovi. I thought I’d mention it here … especially as RHCP were losing at the time I voted …so please get voting if you can! RHCP deserve to be a winning entry (no bias here )
“Two bands that have stretched the boundaries of classic rock since their 1984 debuts — Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers — square off in the first round of this month’s 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame competition.
Every month, our readers will decide which of eight legendary artists or bands will be honored for their contributions to the genre.
Sonically, this particular battle’s contestants are pretty far apart. Bon Jovi were among the leaders of the “hair metal” movement, adding keyboards and pop smarts to their Bruce Springsteen-inspired blue-collar tales to create anthems like ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ’Wanted Dead or Alive.’
Instead of pop, the Red Hot Chili Peppers blended a heavy dose of funk into their brand of rock ‘n’ roll, aided immeasurably by the skill of their founding bass player Flea. After arriving on the national scene with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground,’ the group made a huge leap in both songwriting and commercial success with their surprisingly diverse 1991 masterpiece ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ and continue to explore a more sophisticated blend of introspective alt-rock to this day.
So who gets to move onto the finals — Bon Jovi or the Red Hot Chili Peppers? It’s your call. You can vote once a day between now and Monday, Nov. 17, at 11:59PM ET. This month’s winner will be announced on Dec. 2. “
Vote here: Competition Link
“I just want to teach music to as many kids as I can and supply arts education,” he told Rolling Stone, noting that the funds will be used for a new building that will double the student capacity to well over 1,000. About 200 kids currently attend for free. “Arts are as important as athletics and academics. It’s the three A’s.” Source
News reports are beginning to come in for the fourth annual fundraiser held at Ron Burkle’s home for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The event raised a staggering $1.25 million for the Conservatory of Music and included performances by Rufus Wainwright and Bruno Mars. Paintings by artists such as Damian Hirst, Raymond Pettibon & Richard Prince (Flea made the winning bid on one of his pieces) were also sold at the event. All four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were present at the event with the evening being co-hosted by Anthony and Flea.
Read more at Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to Shalhevet for sourcing the Rolling Stone link.
Just to let anyone who is lucky enough to be able to go to either of the ‘Fandemonium’ signings with Anthony Kiedis & photographer Dave Mushegain at Barnes & Noble in The Grove, LA on 17th November or the other event in New York on 21st November where Anthony is to interviewed by David Fricke, details are being updated on the Barnes and Noble website. Current information is that the LA event will be by wristband admittance (more details to be announced shortly) and the NYC event info is advising that there will be limited seating (with book purchase) and that the seating will open at 5:00 pm (on the 4th floor). No photographs, CDs or memorabilia are permitted at this event.
Please check the websites yourself before you go to make sure you have the latest info
For more information on Fandemonium please see our earlier post HERE
Chad Smith has released a brief video of the band signing copies of the new Fandemonium book that is due on sale to the public shortly on his Instagram account:
For more information on Fandemonium please see our earlier post: Fandemonium by Dave Mushegain