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.
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.”
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.”
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:
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.”
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Red Hot Chili Peppers recently reunited with guitarist John Frusciante and now it looks like they are working on a new album as well. Drummer Chad Smith confirmed the news during an interview with Rolling Stone:
“I was given strict orders for this interview: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT THE BAND.’ But, yes, John is back in the band, and everyone knows that. We’re psyched. The festivals are the only shows booked. For now, we’ll mostly be concentrating on new songs and writing a new record. We’re all real excited to make new music.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have parted ways with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. With this news, the group have also confirmed that John Frusciante will be returning to their lineup. The band commented:
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is a beautiful musician who we respect and love. We are deeply grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us. We also announced, with great excitement and full hearts, that John Frusciante is rejoining the group. Thank you.”
Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2020 Boston Calling Music Festival. That event will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston, MA on May 22-24. The full lineup, which will feature over 60 artists including another headliner, is expected to be revealed in January.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will be releasing his memoir “Acid For The Children” on November 5 via Grand Central Publishing. Pre-orders for the 400-page book can be found on Amazon.
Here’s a synopsis:
“In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
As promised, Red Hot Chili Peppers live streamed their special show at Egypt’s Pyramids Of Giza earlier today (March 15). You can watch that below: