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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Albums Get Ranked Up!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be releasing a much anticipated new album in 2016.  However, with their current repertoire they have become one of the most successful and consistent bands in modern rock, so ranking their albums took quite bit of brainstorming. Focusing on the album as a whole and not the quality of the singles of each album was the main approach to this piece. RHCP’s first three albums are similar; a very young band trying to find its way.  However, when Mother’s Milk was released in 1989 the band finally tapped into their potential and the majority of the next six albums made the band one of the biggest, if not the biggest, band in modern rock music.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers (self-titled) (1983)
The first album from RHCP was very raw and lacked cohesiveness, which would be expected considering the band wasn’t considered a serious project by guitarist Hillel Slovak who backed out of recording the album.  Anthony Kiedis and Flea have mentioned over the years that they prefer the demo versions of most of these songs which were recorded with the original lineup featuring Slovak.  Reaching just below the Billboard top 200, RHCP’s debut included very few highlights, however “Green Heaven” is a fan favorite and “Out In LA” is the first song that RHCP wrote together.
https://youtu.be/42NQHVgw7j0

9. Freaky Styley (1985)
Produced by funk mastermind George Clinton, Freaky Styley had some high points, particularly the comical “Catholic School Girls Rule” but still failed to garner much commercial success.
Bassist Flea had this to say about the album for the 2003 reissue:
“I know the music on this record was just way too obscure to ever be popular in a mainstream kind of way, but to me it really holds its own as a definitive and substantial musical statement. More than any other record we ever made it falls into the category of “too funky for white radio, too punk rockin’ for black.” Of course, the songs were very far away from any pop format; I realize it is/was not just the racial segregation at radio that precluded it from being a popular record.”
https://youtu.be/6RuXFD4cOmM

8. The Uplift MoFo Party Plan (1987)
The Uplift MoFo Party Plan was the last album to feature all four founding members of the band. Guitarist Hillel Slovak would later die of a heroin overdose after the tour in support of the album, and drummer Jack Irons would quit the band being unable to cope with the loss of his friend.  As the RHCP sound continued to sprout, this album was their most successful one up to this point and was actually their first album to enter the Billboard top 200.  Some noteworthy tracks include “Fight Like A Brave”, “Me and my Friends”, and “Behind the Sun”.

7. I’m With You (2011)
The first album since One Hot Minute sans John Frusciante seems to be a band in rebuilding mode with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer who seemingly does not quite fill the shoes his predecessor left behind.  Many RHCP albums, specifically the ones released after the 1980’s, were very guitar heavy, but the guitar parts took more of a backing role with I’m With You. However, it seems that the talent of Josh Klinghoffer wasn’t the issue; the issue was in the production phase of the album as the recorded guitar parts were greatly turned down.  A fan re-engineered the album and posted the new version on youtube which brings the guitar parts out into the forefront. Many fans believe this change greatly enhanced the quality of the album and truth be told if that version was the one originally released it would have been ranked just below Blood Sugar Sex Magic on this list. However, based on the recording that was released, besides one of the most exceptional ballads the band has ever recorded in “Breaden’s Death Song”, the tracks don’t measure up to any of the singles that RHCP released since before Mother’s Milk. Tracks like “Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, “Look Around”, and “Monarchy of Roses” which all could be placed in the same category as “Suck My Kiss”, “Higher Ground”, and “Around the World” would all rank at the bottom of that category.  I’m With You was an album with great potential, but the decision to hide Klinghoffer’s talent greatly degraded the finished product.

https://youtu.be/LKxsvCgNzfc

6. Mothers Milk (1989)
Mothers Milk was the album that RHCP finally polished their unique sound to form something that was widely accepted on MTV and rock radio. The Stevie Wonder cover “Higher Ground” and the second single “Knock Me Down” both received significant air play and became the sound the band would feed off of for years to come. Other great highlights from this album include the Jimmy Hendrix cover “Fire” and the scorcher “Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky”.
https://youtu.be/xnZuj820zSA

5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Blood Sugar Sex Magik made the Red Hot Chili Peppers a worldwide phenomenon. Hard hitting and funky tracks like “Suck My Kiss” and “Give it Away” are the yin to the yang of two of the best ballads in the RHCP catalog in “Breaking the Girl” and “Under the Bridge”.  This album contained some of the band’s best singles, but as a complete piece wasn’t their best cohesive work.
https://youtu.be/XFkBVcjeCp8

4. One Hot Minute (1995)
The one off album featuring guitarist Dave Navarro in place of John Frusciante is a bit of an enigma. Flea once eluded that Navarro wasn’t a good fit for RHCP, and the band very rarely play a song from this album live. However, as a whole it is just about as great as the rest of their classics. It contains some of the bands more standard alternative rock tracks like “Coffee Shop” and “Warped” and along with the ballad “My Friends” and the fun oddity “Aeroplane” One Hot Minute is surprisingly RHCP’s most well rounded album.
https://youtu.be/Fgdrn_Y0XcE

3. By The Way (2002)
By The Way was critically acclaimed but a bit of a change of pace from the band’s previous releases. However, as solid as it was, the album wasn’t as consistent as Californication or Stadium Arcadium, even though “Can’t Stop” and “By The Way” were great singles. Other highlights include tracks like “Dosed”, “Universally Speaking” and “The Zephyr Song” in which the band strayed away from their norm and the tracks became a favorite among many fans.  Additionally, the track “Throw Away Your Television” may be the best track to come out of the By The Way sessions and has since become a spectacularly performed live staple.
https://youtu.be/zbn0oq0fZEA

2. Californication (1999)
After the release of One Hot Minute, five long years passed and the buzz surrounding RHCP had chilled a bit. There were some drug problems in the band during this hiatus plus the departure of Dave Navarro, however, that departure allowed for the return of John Frusciante, and the fire was restarted after the release of Californication. This album contains everything that makes the Red Hot Chili Peppers great songwriters. Tracks like “Otherside”, “Californication”, and “Scar Tissue” have the same essence that made “Under the Bridge” such a landmark track, and the funky “Around the World” was a throwback to the RHCP standard which helped get the critics back on their side.
https://youtu.be/zw7k8TCcukI?list=PLLu3jA528tg6fNKBTglt3Y4SFG5tduWI4

1. Stadium Arcadium (2006)
I can see it in the comments section already… This guy put which album #1!!!???
John Frusciante’s swan song.. or.. swan album (hardy har har) is, as a complete work, the Red Hot Chili Peppers BEST album.  Stadium Arcadium contains over two hours of great single worthy tracks and it’s difficult to single out a specific track that stands out amongst others because of the album’s consistency, and in all honesty, the singles may be the weakest tracks on the album.  Stadium Arcadium doesn’t have a track that is as epic as “Scar Tissue”, “Give It Away”, or “Under the Bridge” however, from start to finish, it is RHCPs most solid album and may actually be one of the best double albums of all time.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unreleased 1998 Song “Circle of the Noose” Leaks

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Original source of the leaked 1998 mix of “Circle of the Noose”

 

In the late 1990’s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on their last leg with Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. After touring the world for One Hot Minute, the band tried writing and recording new material with Navarro. Until now, nothing from those sessions have ever been leaked. In rare interviews and fan communities, a title, “Circle of the Noose” would surface up. Today, it was leaked to the world by rhcptv5 on Twitter, and posted on YouTube. Commenting on the song’s character, a tribute to qawwali devotional singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Navarro recalled in an AllStar 1997 interview that:

“One of the songs we’ve done is the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of…It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook. I really love it and we use a loop of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s really nice. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped- up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves.”

 

The song is available below, in the rough mix which has circulated in rare collector’s circles for some time. Artwork credited to Leandro Cabo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFtyQfoDoxA&feature=youtu.be

This news of course, occurs right as the Chili Peppers are at “home stretch” with finishing their new album:

Anthony Kiedis discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album last week on Jonesy’s Jukebox.

“We’re in the home stretch. I sang yesterday, I get a week off, I go back to finish.”

He added, “We’re going to back and listen to the songs, and see if we can beat them.”

“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him. [Producer Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio. We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.

Below is my interpretation of what the lyrics of “Circle of the Noose” could be:

Inspiration
Mess me up, makes me cry
Come and see me please
Dragonfly, so I don’t die
In a circle
Break my heart
So I can start

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Locomotive
Shoot me up
Shoot me down
Devasation boy
Deal me out, steal my joy
Good for nothing
That’s the one
My mother’s son

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

In the sun
And the sea
I’m for fun
and for free

Dog’s a-laughing
Laughing now
That I’m no-how
Human uniform
I’m so warm, inside this stone

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Human uniform

 

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Talks Bernie Sanders: “He’s Old And Cute”

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis discussed his support of Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Jonesy’s Jukebox earlier this week.

“This cat Bernie Sanders stood out as being honest and likable, and actually human, a human being who cared about other human beings. So right away, we said if we ever get a chance to play a benefit for this guy, we’ll do it. If he’s real, and he makes it that far, we’ll play a show for him. Low and behold, 9 months go by, he needs us to play, so we’re there for him.”

We offered to pay for the rent of the hotel, and Bernie would not accept, he said, ‘No, I can’t take your money. That’s not how I work, I’m not taking those size contributions from any groups or organizations. If I get the nomination, you are able to donate up to $2,700.’ [That is] very unpolitical like of him.

“He’s cute. He’s old and cute.”

“I think in this case I like the dude better. God bless the whole Clinton family. Bill, I like a lot, but I prefer Bernie to Hilary.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the effort to help elect Bernie Sanders to the presidency. The Los Angeles-based alternative rockers will headline an all-ages show at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday, February 5, as part of a FEEL THE BERN political fundraiser. Ticket sales will go toward Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Click here for tickets.

Tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Theatre at Ace Hotel will go on sale Friday, February 5, at 10:00 a.m. for $30.00 to $2,700.00 each plus service fees. Also, there is a presale right now for those of you who want to get your tickets early. Passwords: BERNIE and RCHP.

Drummer Chad Smith recently revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a new song in just 4 hours a few days ago.

David Bowie Turned Down Producing Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis appeared on Jonesy’s Jukebox earlier this week, and he revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers asked the late David Bowie to produce two of their albums. Alternative Nation transcribed the following quotes:

“Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion.

‘Who should we get to produce this record?’

‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’

‘Let’s get David Bowie!’

‘Okay, let’s call him.’

So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say no, respectfully. Then later we would write long e-mails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For 2 minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”

“We asked him to produce By the Way, as we were writing By the Way, and then we asked him again for our next record, which was Stadium Arcadium. He said no to us 2 or 3 times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no 8 times.”

David Bowie died from cancer on January 10th, just days after releasing his final album Blackstar. Red Hot Chili Peppers have covered “Suffragette City” in the past.

Anthony Kiedis Talks New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album

Anthony Kiedis discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album in a new interview with Citizens of Humanity. He compared writing on the new album to past albums.

“It’s strikingly similar in many ways. There are so many different stages that I have to try and be available in the creative process. We’ll have band practice and improvise—I listen and kind of lose myself and find melody and find rhythm in the moment. Then there’s the songwriting process, where the guys will give me an instrumental recording and I have to sit with that music. Then there’s the part where you’re just in the car and you get an idea, and you have to pull over and work on the idea because that idea might never come again. You’re on an airplane, or a train, whatever—whenever you feel that little tiny cloud moving through you that has some energy and some ideas. One thing I learned is to seize that, because you can say: ‘Oh, I’ll remember that!’ Sometimes I’m out there waiting for waves to come and I’ll get a great idea or a mediocre idea or maybe a couple of melodies that string together, and I’ll sit there and try to sing it over and over a hundred times so that I won’t forget. And then I get into my car; I’ll break out the phone and record it.

That part has changed, being able to record everything on your cell phone is different than it was 25 years ago, when you had to have a funky little tape recorder with you wherever you went. I’m a morning writer—I get up in the morning, clear the house out and get out my notebooks and my pencils and my CDs and my boom box and I’ll just sit there and write. I find that the more regimented I can be in putting a few hours of work in every day, the more benefits I reap when it comes to writing good songs. It’s like a painter that forces himself to paint every day, just hoping that could be the day it happens. I believe to be good you have to work hard. It’s the same with Flea; he practices constantly. He’s been playing bass his whole life, but he’s no good unless he practices every day.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers To Headline Music Festival In California

Earlier today, it was announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Florence + the Machine would headline the BottleRock Napa Valley, a music festival in Napa Valley, California, May 27th-29th of this year. This is the second American music festival they are headline this year, the other being Rock on the Range out in Ohio. Bottlerock

Tickets go on sale January 7th and are expected to be about $289 for a Three Day Pass.

As the Chili Peppers add the finishing touches to their eleventh studio album, and the second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Frusciante collaborator) , the band has quietly announced tour dates for the next year. They are all exclusively festival tour dates and all but one is in Europe. Next summer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be back in Europe to cover festivals such as Reading (England), Rock am Ring (Germany), Pinkpop (the Netherlands) and Roskilde (Denmark). They also will be found starting their festival tour dates at Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, May 21st-23rd. They have headlined several of these festivals in the past, such as Pinkpop and Rokslide. The tour dates are as below:

Date Venue Location
May 21-23 Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock am Ring Mendig Airfield, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock im Park Nuremburg, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 08 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Novarock Nickelsdorf, Austria Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Open’er Festival Gdynia, Poland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 02 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 06 U-Park Festival Kiev, Ukraine Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 09 Park Live Moscow, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Reading Festival Reading, England Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Leeds Festival Leeds, England Get Tickets | RSVP

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New 2016 Festival Tour Dates

As the Chili Peppers add the finishing touches to their eleventh studio album, and the second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Frusciante collaborator) , the band has quietly announced tour dates for the next year. They are all exclusively festival tour dates and all but one is in Europe. Next summer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be back in Europe to cover festivals such as Reading (England), Rock am Ring (Germany), Pinkpop (the Netherlands) and Rokslide (Denmark). They also will be found starting their festival tour dates at Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, May 21st-23rd. They have headlined several of these festivals in the past, such as Pinkpop and Rokslide. The tour dates are as below:

Date Venue Location
May 21-23 Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock am Ring Mendig Airfield, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock im Park Nuremburg, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 08 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Novarock Nickelsdorf, Austria Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Open’er Festival Gdynia, Poland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 02 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 06 U-Park Festival Kiev, Ukraine Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 09 Park Live Moscow, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Reading Festival Reading, England Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Leeds Festival Leeds, England Get Tickets | RSVP

 

As our last article reported, Tim and Cameron recently jammed with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who offered a major update on the band’s new album.

“He said the album has been finished musically for a while now, but they are still waiting on Anthony to track the vocals. He says the new album sounds very ‘emotional’. He smells like a freshly opened pack of printer paper.”

 

In anticipation, enjoy some videos from RHCP’s past, at some of these festivals:

Pinkpop 1988 (With original guitarist Hillel Slovak) “Fight Like a Brave”

Pinkpop 1988 Interview

Rokslide Festival 2002 “Scar Tissue”

Rock am Ring 2004 “My Lovely Man”

 

Readings/Leeds 2007 “Don’t Forget Me”

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Show With John Legend

Recently, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a charity show for the San Diego Foundation at Belly Up Tavern in San Diego. It became their 2015 full band live debut and it looks like it won’t be their last. Flea recently posted on Instagram more new about future tour dates: ‘A concert, fine art auction, and dinner this Saturday to raise funds for the Silverlake conservatory of music. The Rhcp is gonna do an acoustic set too. It is always a beautiful nightl when we have these fundraisers and so many great kids get to give their talents wings. I am so grateful to john legend for playing and equally so to the great kamasi Washington. There are still tickets available I know we are asking a lot of money for them but it’s for the kids not for us. We are a non profit school we are doing everything we can to help we care so much. There will be great art there by Thomas Houseago, Richard prince, Damien Hirst, jeff koons, urs fischer, gus van sant and Dana Louise Kirkpatrick. And more art that I forget about because I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. A magic night is in store.’

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers, as Josh Klinghoffer and Anthony Kiedis, played an acoustic set earlier this year. May 16th, the duo performed at UCLA Spring Sing, where Kiedis accepted the annual “George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement” from the UCLA Student Alumni Association, where Anthony Kiedis attended for a year after high school. The two performed Chili Peppers classics “By the Way” and “Otherside”, along with a Sly and the Family Stone cover, “If You Want Me to Stay”, a song covered on their sophomore album Freaky Styley with original guitarist Hillel Slovak.

Tickets for the show are $2,500 each. A table of 10 is $25,000. If interested, contact events.scm@outlook.com.

Flea is also working on establishing another children’s conservatory of music like the Silverlake location, but in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Flea is a vocal supporter of the arts for youth and is a proud father himself. His daughter Clara Balzary is known photographer and has accompanied the band on tour in recent years.

Below is the setlist from the last show and two videos of live rarities “Mommy, Where’s Daddy” and “Nobody Weird Like Me”:

Setlist:
Can’t Stop
Factory of Faith
Nobody Weird Like Me (First time since 2007)
Otherside
Police Helicopter (First time since 2003)
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Under the Bridge
Me & My Friends
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) (First time since 2012)
By the Way
Mommy, Where’s Daddy? (First time since 1999)
Give It Away

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PfSOhFdb4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PfSOhFdb4

Meeting Flea: Red Hot Chili Peppers Icon Made Me Faint

Flea. Some might refer to him as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Others might refer to him as “God.” Bottom line, he is Flea, and he is a very unique person. Jaco Pastorius, Bootsy Collins, John Paul Jones, Sid Vicious, and those before them, whether they realized it or not, were part of the world’s anticipation for the arrival of bass guitar’s savior, Flea.

Though do not be mistaken, Flea wasn’t always the great bassist he is today. Flea, early in life, was a child prodigy in trumpet playing and had no interest or extensive knowledge of any kind of rock music until high school, preferring jazz. His childhood inspirations included Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. In high school, befriending Hillel Slovak meant befriending punk rock, opening doors to so much different music. Funk became a common ground and the foundation for the Chili Peppers when they were established a few years later. Jazz’s influence on funk made the transition very natural for Flea. Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak and Flea all around the same time became enamored with George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic, the greatest music collectives of funk.

Similarly, I started playing trumpet in elementary school, but by no means was I a prodigy. After struggling with guitar in high school, I discovered the heart and soul of bass. My friend Keelan and I started learning at the same time, and we tried our best to out-Flea each other. He formally introduced me to the Chili Peppers – though sadly he could not join me Wednesday to meet the man himself, he had school.

Flea and Anthony Kiedis acted as executive producers for the Sundance Film Festival contestant Low Down, a film on the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany, based on the memoirs written by his daughter Amy-Jo Albany. Flea starred in the film alongside John Hawkes and Elle Fanning. It premiered on January 19th, 2014 at last year’s Sundance and was later released on October 24th, 2014 in New York, and a week later on Halloween in Los Angeles.

Flea and Amy-Jo Albany decided to host a DJ set in promotion of the film’s soundtrack on August 26th, 2015 at 5PM at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. I found this out at about 12:30AM, 15 hours prior to the event. My friend Evan told me as we were sitting in his apartment, midst me teaching my girlfriend Francecsa the Chili Peppers’ cover of “Higher Ground” on bass guitar. We had immediately decided to go. Evan and I stayed up all night, hoping to write poetry, which we half accomplished until the 6 cups of highly caffeinated tea hit my stomach wrong when I took my medication, Norflex, an anti-cholinergic muscle relaxant. I launched into a panic attack as it hit me: what if I have to go to the hospital and miss meeting Flea? Well, thinking about that didn’t help my anxiety at all. I made myself throw up for about an hour and a half, and slept for a few hours. We left for LA around 11 o’clock in the morning and made it to Amoeba in about an hour.

After we bought the merchandise applicable for signing (just in case they sold out), to kill time we decided to visit Hillel Slovak’s grave at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, about 15 minutes away. It was hot, hot, hot, red hot in fact, and we sat under a tree for a little while. Hillel became one of three Chili Peppers we would come in contact with that day. My girlfriend, Evan and I left back for Hollywood (not without saying goodbye to Hillel) to get some food and with anxious excitement, we returned to Amoeba. After this, the day only got weirder.

We hung out in Amoeba, contemplating which R.E.M. or Tom Waits albums to buy, when Evan jerks my arm down the aisle as I’m browsing for what John Frusciante albums the store carries. I’m not sure what I expected. Maybe Evan found an album we both love. Nope, even better.

Flea. Flea walked down the aisle a few feet from us and runs into some fans and poses for a quick picture, then disappears into the back room. I run up to the fans and talk to them about what happened, and no sooner than we finish our conversation, Flea comes back out, about 10 feet away from me. During the drive, I wrote a very nice letter to Flea, explaining how his music led me to the gospel that is music, and some other personal things about my life and music. The letter was probably 10-12 sentences long and in nervous, messy handwriting. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to give him the letter. So I walk up to him, not saying a word, and a friendly Flea says jovially, “Hey! What’s happening man.” Still, no words come out. I hand him the letter. “Thanks man, I’ll read it.” I wave goodbye, and faint on the hard linoleum floor. My girlfriend and Evan come and drag me up, and I get up unhurt, but definitely shaken.

We go outside for a cigarette and a much needed conversation. A gentleman walks up to us and pulls out a cigarette, and joins our conversation. He just got done taking a picture with Flea himself. The gentleman looks very, very familiar. He mentions he’s in a cover band, the Red Not Chili Peppers, who I only saw with my girlfriend about a week before. Angelo, the band’s new guitarist, is an incredible guitar god, very much worthy of holding the John Frusciante role in the RNCP. I shake his hand and take a picture with him. The four of us proceed to spend the next couple hours together.

The set started a bit late, but in the time between, I make eye to eye contact with none other than Anthony Kiedis. Standing around waiting for Flea and Amy-Jo to hit the stage, this time it’s my turn to pull Evan’s arm, and tell him semi-quietly, “Look! It’s Anthony! It’s the porno stache!” Sure enough, Kiedis is standing about 6-7 feet away from us, donning a black helmet and what I believed to be some kind of handkerchief. Kiedis makes his way down the aisle behind us and we exchange a quick and unforgettable glance. He is soon gone, nowhere to be seen.

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A flea hard at work

The DJ set featured mostly jazz tracks, particularly from the Low Down soundtrack they were promoting. Highlights included “Angel Eyes” by Joe Albany, and “Ruby My Dear” by Thelonious Monk. The energy of jazz felt alive, and the crowd slowly danced along and bopped their heads to the sweet sounds of brass. Flea was dancing too, in only the way Flea can. The set lasted about 45 to 50 minutes. As the last song was announced, we soon made our way to the line that was forming.

As the line drew shorter, so did my composure. Even the employee watching the line made note to Flea and Amy-Jo later on that I was “overwhelmed.” Indeed. Evan, in front of me, had only bought the book written by Albany, so indeed he took out a nearly empty cigarette pack of Marlboro 27’s to which Flea gladly signed. I handed Flea the vinyl and managed not to faint. I can’t even remember everything I said, even when I tried to retrace my words immediately after leaving the store. I said hi to Flea, and he returned the hi with his iconic smile. “I…I really dig you man.” I don’t remember his exact response, but it was a positive one. There was a moment where we just looked at each other smiling. I mentioned I was having trouble expressing myself and that I hadn’t really proofread the letter. He said it was no problem and that he understood. He said something along the lines of, “Sometimes silence speaks more than words.” I exchanged words with Amy-Jo briefly and told her that I was very anxious and had problems with anxiety. She acknowledged she suffered from similar issues. As I stepped away I managed to squeak out, “I love you Flea.”

“I love you too,” says Flea. I am elated.

I wait for my girlfriend outside of the line, and then the three of us waited for Angelo. My last words to Flea were “Have a good day Flea!”

“You have a good day too man!”

I wanted to ask him about the new album. I wanted to ask him about his bees. But, my mind just shut down when I was face to face with Flea. Lenin is quoted as saying, “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”. There are minutes where lifetimes happen. I had just been thinking the other day how cool it would be to meet Flea. Then, the opportunity just arose so spontaneously. I saw three Chili Peppers in one day. That’s not by any means an average day, but it was an awesome one. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music has been upheld by many great people in my life, and not all of them are here today. But the power of funk that they taught me I simultaneously keep hidden and wide open, for my heart to keep and the world to see. They are the ultimate fans’ band, a band who loves music just as much as their fans love theirs. It’s truly a beautiful thing. The Chili Peppers still got me by my soul to squeeze.

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The Low Down soundtrack is available here for purchase on Amazon.

To find out more about the Red Not Chili Peppers, Angelo’s band, visit their website here.

To visit Flea’s twitter and view his wisdom, click here.