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.

Watch First Trailer For HBO’s “Woodstock ‘99: Peace, Love, And Rage” Documentary

The first trailer has been shared for HBO’s new documentary on the infamous Woodstock ’99 festival. The film, which is titled “Woodstock ‘99: Peace, Love, And Rage,” will be released on July 23 as part of HBO‘s new “Music Box” series. Woodstock ’99 was held in Rome, NY back in July 1999 and it ended up turning into a disaster. The conditions for the crowd were poor and things turned destructive during Limp Bizkit‘s set, before fires and riots broke out during Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ set. Multiple cases of sexual assault were also reported.

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]

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Helmet, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Members To Be Featured On “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Tribute Album

The track listing has officially been revealed for the new Andy Gill and Gang Of Four tribute album, “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four.” That effort will be released on May 14 and it will feature members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Helmet, Nova Twins, and more.

“The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Track Listing:

CD 1:

01. IDLES – “Damaged Goods”
02. Tom Morello & Serj Tankian – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Helmet – “In the Ditch”
04. 3D x Gang Of Four – “Where the Nightingale Sings” (feat. Nova Twins)
05. Hotei – “To Hell With Poverty”
06. Gary Numan – “Love Like Anthrax”
07. Gail Ann Dorsey – “We Live as We Dream, Alone”
08. Herbert Grönemeyer – “I Love a Man in a Uniform” (feat. Alex Silva)
09. LoneLady – “Not Great Men”
10. JJ Sterry – “5.45”

CD 2:

01. La Roux – “Damaged Goods”
02. Everything Everything – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Dado Villa-Lobos – “Return The Gift”
04. The Dandy Warhols – “What We All Want”
05. Warpaint – “Paralysed”
06. Flea & John Frusciante – “Not Great Men”
07. The Sounds – “I Love A Man In A Uniform”
08. Hardcore Raver in Tears – “Last Mile” (“Broken Talk” cover)
09. Killing Joke x Gang of Four – “Forever Starts Now” (Killing Joke dub)
10. Sekar Melati – “Not Great Men” (live version)

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer commented:

“There was never any doubt in my mind that I should finish what Andy had started. He took so much pleasure from hearing from artists which track they had chosen and why. He was delighted by the tracks he lived long enough to hear. Even in what turned out to be his final days of life, he listened to mixes on a laptop in his hospital bed and asked me to send notes and responses to the contributors on his behalf. He also talked to me about further musicians he hoped to coax to come on board. After he died, I made contact with several of these. All said yes.”

Pre-orders can be found at gangoffour.uk and if you missed it, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian‘s cover of “Natural’s Not In It” can be found HERE.

Miley Cyrus Recruits Elton John, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Etc. For Her Metallica Covers Album

Back in October 2020, Miley Cyrus revealed that she was working on a Metallica covers album and now she has confirmed that the effort will feature some special guests. She said the following about that during an appearance on “Capital Breakfast With Roman Kemp“:

“I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ featuring Elton John on piano. I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers]—so many all-stars. I’m so excited about this collaboration. Andrew Watt produced it, and I’m really stoked. I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and me—I love it when ingredients don’t quite fit.”