Red Hot Chili Peppers Are “Almost Done” With Their New Album

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith confirmed that the band are “almost done” with their new album. The effort will be the band’s first with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006 and it is expected to be released before their 2022 stadium tour.

Smith said the following about working with Frusciante again:

“We’re getting along great. John’s been back for a while now, so it feels completely natural. … We’re really listening to each other in a new way.”

He also added the following about the writing process for the new record:

“We were gonna play some festivals that obviously got postponed. So we could just plow through and write, and that’s what we did. It was kind of a blessing, because we want to come out with new music and play some new songs. It’s gonna be great when we finally go out next year and have a record to play, and a bunch of other stuff, obviously.”

Smith also had the following to say when asked if the band were worried about creating music that lives up to their past work with Frusciante:

“You can’t really think about that. All of our records are just real good snapshots of where we’re at that time. You can’t really go, ‘Oh, gee, I hope it’s as good as …’ Then you’re starting to have preconceived notions about what you want to write. Look, John hasn’t been in our group in 10 years. That’s a long time. So of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great. … We really like it and we’re proud of it and it has to start there. If other people like it, great. If people compare it to this or [say] it doesn’t sound like that, we have no control over that. But, yeah, we’re all really happy with the record.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers Officially Announce North American & European/UK Stadium Tour

Red Hot Chili Peppers have officially announced the dates for their North American and European/UK stadium tour. The trek will be the band’s first since they reunited with guitarist John Frusciante and they are planning to perform the hits as well as songs from their upcoming album.

Tour Dates:

Europe/UK:

06/04 Seville, Spain – Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
06/07 Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olimpic (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
06/10 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Goffertpark (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
06/15 – Budapest, Hungary – Puskas Stadium (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
06/18 Firenze, Italy – Firenze Rocks (festival date)
06/22 Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
06/25 London, UK – London Stadium (with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat)
06/29 Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park (with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat)
07/01 Glasgow, UK – Bellahouston Park (with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat)
07/03 Leuven, Belgium – Rock Werchter (festival date)
07/05 Cologne, Germany – RheinEnergieStadium (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)
07/08 Paris, France – Stade de France (with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat)
07/12 Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion (with A$AP Rocky And Thundercat)

North America:

07/23 Denver, CO – Empower Field at Mile High (with Haim And Thundercat)
07/27 San Diego, CA – Petco Park (with Haim And Thundercat)
07/29 Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (with Beck And Thundercat)
07/31 Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium (with Beck And Thundercat)
08/03 Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/06 Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium (with The Strokes and King Princess)
08/10 Atlanta, GA – Truist Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/12 Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/14 Detroit, MI – Comerica Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/17 E. Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/19 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/21 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
08/30 Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
09/01 Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
09/03 Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
09/08 Washington, DC – Nationals Park (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
09/10 Boston, MA – Fenway Park (with St. Vincent and Thundercat)
09/15 Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium (with The Strokes and Thundercat)
09/18 Arlington, TX – Globe Life Field (with The Strokes and Thundercat)

Red Hot Chili Peppers Score 18 New Platinum & Gold Certifications In The U.S.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have scored 18 new platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA. This includes the recent certifications of four tracks from “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.“

Here’s the full list of certifications:

  • “Under the Bridge” (6x Platinum)
  • “Californication” (5x Platinum)
  • “Dani California” (5x Platinum)
  • “Scar Tissue” (4x Platinum)
  • “Snow (Hey Oh)” (4x Platinum)
  • “Can’t Stop” (3x Platinum)
  • “Otherside” (3x Platinum)
  • “Give It Away” (2x Platinum)
  • “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” (Platinum)
  • “Dark Necessities” (Platinum)
  • “Tell Me Baby” (Platinum)
  • “Around the World” (Gold)
  • “Breaking the Girl” (Gold)
  • “Suck My Kiss” (Gold)
  • “The Zephyr Song” (Gold)
  • “Californication” (album) (7x Platinum)
  • “Stadium Arcadium” (album) (4x Platinum)
  • “The Getaway” (album) (Gold)

Four Singles From Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Earn New Gold And Platinum Certifications

Four singles from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 7x multi-platinum 1991 album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” have scored some new gold and platinum certifications from RIAA. They include: “Give It Away,” which has now gone 2x platinum, “Under The Bridge,” which has now gone 6x platinum, “Suck My Kiss,” which has now gone gold, and “Breaking The Girl,“ which has now gone gold.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Reportedly Selling Their Song Catalog To Hipgnosis Songs Fund

According to Rolling Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers are selling their song catalog to Hipgnosis Songs Fund. The deal is believed to have been made for about $140 million. This news comes after a number of artists including Shakira, Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), and Debbie Harry (Blondie) previously sold part or all of their catalogs to Hipgnosis.

Chad Smith On Upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: “It’s Very Exciting”

During a recent interview with New York’s Q104.3, Chad Smith talked a bit about the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album. He said the following:

“There’s something coming. I can say this: we’re making a record, we’re making new music, and it’s very exciting. I don’t know when it’s coming out, but we can’t wait for people to hear it, and we can’t wait to perform for people. Just like everybody else that really misses that experience.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Jack Sherman Passes Away

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has sadly passed away at the age of 64. The band commented:

“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed. Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform With Guitarist John Frusciante For First Time Since 2007

Yesterday (February 8), Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage with guitarist John Frusciante for the first time in over 12 years. The set took place during a private memorial show that the Tony Hawk Foundation organized in honor of the late Andrew Burkle, son of billionaire Ron Burkle. It’s worth noting that Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins filled in for Chad Smith during the performance.

As an added bonus, you can also see footage of Frusciante joining Jane’s Addiction onstage at the same event:

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer On John Frusciante’s Return To the Band: “I’m Happy That He’s Back With Them”

During an appearance on Marc Maron‘s “WTF Podcast,” Josh Klinghoffer opened up about his departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers. As previously reported, the guitarist was replaced by returning member John Frusciante in December. Despite this, Klinghoffer said he is “happy” to see Frusciante back with the group.

Klinghoffer said the following:

“I rode my bike over [to Flea’s house]. They just said, ‘We’ll get right to it. We’ve decided to ask John to come back to the band.’ And I just sat there quiet for a second and I said, ‘I’m not surprised.’ And the only thing I could think to say was, ‘I wish I could have done something with you guys, musically or creatively, that would have made this an absolute impossibility.’”

He also added that there is no animosity between himself and the band:

“It’s absolutely John’s place to be in that band. So that’s why I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s back with them.”

Klinghoffer went on to reflect on his time with the group:

“If John coming back had happened five years ago, it would have been hard for me, temporally, to weigh [my contributions] against what they had. Now, after 10 years, two tours, and almost three albums of writing, I’m really proud of what I did with them. I feel like we did create something.”

[via The PRP]