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.”

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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.”

Watch Post Malone Cover Black Sabbath And Alice In Chains With Members Of Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, And Jane’s Addiction

During his performance for the “Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents: New Years Eve 2021” livestream event, Post Malone performed covers of Alice in Chains’ “Rooster” and Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” with drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), producer/guitarist Andrew Watt, and bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). The group were also joined onstage by guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses) during “War Pigs.” You can see footage of all that at the 2:11:11 mark in the below video:

Late Van Halen, Rush, Power Trip, Etc. Members Featured In NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” Segment

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Neil Peart (Rush), Riley Gale (Power Trip), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac), Brian Howe (ex-Bad Company), and Jack Sherman (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) were among the musicians featured in NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” segment. You can watch that video HERE.

Metallica, Foo Fighters, And Red Hot Chili Peppers Members To Be Featured On New Ozzy Osbourne Album

It was previously revealed that Ozzy Osbourne was already working on a follow-up to “Ordinary Man” and now we have some more details on the effort. According to producer Andrew Watt, the album is “about halfway” done and it will feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Watt told Guitar World the following:

“We’re about halfway through. But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe. We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer. So it’s taken a little longer this time, but it’s cool because the last one was made in this, like, swift love affair of passion, like, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible!’ [laughs]

But this time everyone’s moving a little slower and we’re taking a little more time. And the songs, there’s some songs on there that are like eight or nine minutes long that are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it.”

He also had the following to say about the various guests:

“There’s a bunch of people involved. I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy‘s band. And Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair – it kind of harkened back to Ozzy‘s ‘80s era, in a great way. And I think it’s so cool for a rock fan to be able to listen to half an album with Chad Smith on drums, and then you flip it over and you get to hear Taylor Hawkins.

And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And so there was no point in Ozzy or me doing this again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel like we’re achieving that.”

He also added the following when asked about the sound of the record:

“Well, we’re just halfway through, so it could still change. Some of these songs we have could wind up not even making the album. So I can’t really say yet. But in the end it’s all Ozzy’s decision. When he tells me we’ve got the album, that’s when I’ll stop.”

Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Post Malone, And More Recently Jammed Together

Producer Andrew Watt, who has worked with Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, etc., recently celebrated his 30th birthday with an all-star jam. The session saw Watt rocking with Post Malone, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). A short clip and some photos can be found below:

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Me Happy 📸 @davidmushegain

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Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Just Discovered Cannibal Corpse

It looks like Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea just recently listened to Cannibal Corpse for the first time. He tweeted the following about that:

[via Loudwire]