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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’ Flea Rips Donald Trump: ‘His Main Concern In Life Is Getting A Blowjob’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea ripped Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in a new Rolling Stone interview. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing for Democrat socialist Bernie Sanders tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

“I can’t take Donald Trump or anything he says seriously,” he says. “I just think that he’s a silly reality-show bozo and blustering guy who likes getting attention. I don’t think he wants to be president, and I don’t think he has a chance to be the president. He’s just some egotistical, silly person whose main concern in life is getting a blowjob. He wants to be on TV and he wants everyone to thinks he’s important.”

For Flea, Trump’s controversial statements on immigration and terrorism are more “silly theatre” than bold provocations. “I don’t think he even believes what he says,” Flea says. “He’s just a product of, if you yell loud enough and bluster around enough, people are going to pay attention to you. He works the media and they love it. I’m hesitant to even discuss it because I just find it all to be really trivial.

He later added, “He’s a real-estate bozo who was born rich and has parlayed it from being a money-scammer guy.”

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 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 & Garbage Members Rip Guns After California Terrorist Attack

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson had some strong words on Twitter today for the NRA and guns following yesterday’s terrorist attack on a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 and injured 21. Flea tweeted, “NRA wants every sick nut job to have an assault weapon.” Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson tweeted, “What to do about gun violence in America? Write to your senators and members of congress.Actively protest.Let’s galvanize the peacekeepers.”

A remote-controlled bomb was also left at the crime scene. The suspects for the shooting are Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were later killed in a shootout with police. Farook was a food inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for the last five years.

The couple had an ‘IED Factory’ in their home, with more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that could be used to make improvised explosive devices. A neighbor has stated that they saw suspicious behavior going on near the garage, but didn’t want to report anything out of fear of racial profiling.

Farook had ties to at least one person who has been on a terrorist watchlist. The FBI have taken over the investigation and are currently investigating possible links to ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups. Farook was born in the U.S., and he traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2014 and returned with his new wife, Tashfeen Malik. Malik was born in Pakistan, residing in Saudi Arabia until last year. Malik traveled to the U.S. on a K-1 visa (fiancée) on a Pakistani passport. The couple had a 6-month daughter.

The Church of the Woods has shared the name of one of the victims, Mike Wetzel, a father of six. The Church’s website has shared the following, asking for donations to Wetzel’s family: “In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings yesterday one of our own church family, Mike Wetzel, was one of the victims. As his spirtual church family we are doing all we can to help coordinate an effort with his wife Renee and their children. This page is an effort to do just that. At these early stages, these are the ways we can help the family. If more specific needs are made known, we will update you. Please continue to pray for Renee, his children, and his former wife Amy as they process this terrible tragedy and loss of their husband and father.”

Alternative Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to all of the victims and their families. Below is a photo of the Wetzel family.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea & Shaq Are On A New TV Show

Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and songwriter, makes very sporadic and unexpected appearances in the world of film and television. His filmography is actually a little bigger than his discography – with appearances in the last two of the Back to the Future films, the voice of Donnie in the Wild Thornberrys, the Big Lebowski, Duckman and the Decline of Western Civilization Part III. Flea’s a real cool guy. When I met him a couple months ago, we had this brief exchange of glazed eyes I’ll never forget at Amoeba Records and it was one of the more memorable things that has happened to me all year.  I might have embarrassed myself a little, but there was no way I was going to handle meeting Flea in a calm manner. Sadly, it’s not me.

Now, when my friend Justin said “Flea has a show”, I thought he was referring to a Flea solo concert. He confessed it was a television show and I was certain he was pulling my leg. Well, he was half-right. Flea recently starred in a pilot for Amazon Video entitled “Highston”, a show which may get picked up by Amazon Prime as film and television (post-television?) shows see a shift towards instant streaming release only. The premise revolves around a 19-year old named Highston Liggetts who is a little lost and perceived to be delusional and mentally ill by his family, save for the family member who might actually have real issues, Uncle Bob. The nature of his dissociative disorder is his strong and vivid perceptions of celebrity imaginary friends, from Oprah to Bill Gates. In this pilot however, his friends are Flea and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. Truly, an unforgeable trio. If the show is picked up though, it will have rotating cast. I can only hope Flea will write the score for the show afterwards.

The Highston pilot was a very, very clever piece. Since Calvin & Hobbes, it seems some of the best stories in any form of media involve the dichotomous worlds between imaginary friends and those who can’t see them. Australian (and later American) television series Wilfred is another good example of this format. Highston is different from Calvin & Hobbes and Wilfred in the fact that no one outside of Highston, the eponymous title character, can see his friends or their involvement at all. In both Calvin & Hobbes and Wilfred, characters outside of Calvin and Ryan see Hobbes and Wilfred respectively as a stuffed toy tiger and non-anthropomorphic dog.

I won’t spoil the ending, but Highston’s family wants him to either make something of himself within a week or get admitted to a psychiatric hospital. The pilot provides a lot of blunt but not still pushy nor distracting social commentary, especially on the way society handles mental illness. “No one is happy”, says Highston’s father, Mr. Liggetts. “But Flea and Shaq say they’re happy,” replies Highston. “WELL, that’s because Flea and Shaq are the only happy people! Everybody knows that,” as Flea and Shaq mock the parents to no avail other than what Highston can hear. The show also features some nasty, kooky and funky original basslines from Flea as Shaq teaches Highston dance moves. Highston is a very polite and empathetic person, but no one, especially his family cares to listen to him outside of an agenda they filter everything through.

Nothing I can say is really going to capture the show’s inherent wit and thought provoking social commentary undertones. Regardless if you have Amazon Video and/or Prime, it is available to watch for free here. If you’re a Chili Peppers fan, a basketball nut or just looking to kick back and relax with some new piece of television that isn’t 100% mind rotting, I would definitely recommend the pilot of Highston. Thanks again, Flea.

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: ‘The Police Don’t Move Me’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea discussed no longer enjoying listening to The Police and Sting in a new interview with Marc Maron, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“You know it’s funny for me, I like him fine, he’s great, but it’s a weird thing for me. When I was young I loved The Police. Around the time when I started playing rock bass too, I really loved The Police, but it’s the one band that just – and it’s really the only band, like any band I listen to, I go put on the record, and I love it as much as when I was 15 or 20 or whenever. But I put on The Police, and I got the greatest hits, and I finally [went to] put it on.”

“It didn’t hold up for you.”

“It’s the only band ever, and I still know it’s good, like the craftsmanship is good, it seems good, but I don’t know, it’s weird. People think I’m a moron.”

“For me he’s one of those guys, he’s a really good musician, without a doubt. He’s a great musician, he’s willing to try lots of different stuff. It’s just, I don’t cry, I don’t get moved, but I respect it, I just don’t get moved.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Dances On Dugout At Dodgers Game

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea celebrated his birthday early last night at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets NLDS Game 5 playoff game at Dodger Stadium by dancing on top of the dugout. Flea’s dancing unfortunately couldn’t help the Dodgers overcome the Mets, as the final score was 3-2 Mets in the deciding game of the series.

Flea tweeted, “Well that was a depressing end but thanks for the season Dodgers I love you always.” Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s beloved Chicago Cubs will play the New York Mets in the NLCS.

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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.’

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

Billy Corgan & Flea Are Quitting Twitter

They say all good things come to end. Just a few hour ago, William Patrick “Billy” Corgan and Flea announced the end of their tenures with Twitter and his intentions of closing his account. Billy says, “After mulling this for awhile, I’m deleting this account. So many thanks to those that have followed.” The actual tweets can be viewed below (while the accounts lasts?) :

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Corgan’s activity on Twitter was slowing down quite a bit, and it’s clear he wants to focus on his new project, People and Their Cars. Flea is at work building another music conservatory for children and finishing the new Chili Peppers album. There seems to be a trend starting against social media for several artists, for example Dave Navarro recently closed his page on Facebook. Social media makes it harder and harder to recede from the public view.

AlternativeNation recently published an article on his new project, and an excerpt is featured below:

“William Patrick Corgan (Billy Corgan) or as he often signs now, ‘WPC’, has always been ahead of the game with a little something extra. After a short hiatus from frequent tweeting, a couple of days ago Corgan returned to Twitter with his newest project: ‘People and Their Cars.’ While both people and cars are subjects in the blog, it is not what you think. The blog consists of vintage (or sometimes antique) photographs, a collection curated by Corgan himself. With Corgan’s ventures in music, poetry and teahouses, photography seems like a natural progression. A few days after the launch, Corgan announced the “Red Border Club”, an email listing for the blog. Benefits of joining the RBC include ‘the chance to receive additional images, but to be ‘first-in-line’ for updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books.’ No emails outside of confirmation have been sent out. Joining the RBC is also free, “with no catch, fees, or obligation to buy.” Corgan has always had a keen sense of art direction and the Pumpkins’ work has been influenced by the aesthetics of vintage photography (and other forms of visual art) over the years.”

If interested, register for the RBC here for updates on Corgan’s artistic pursuits!

 

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.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Reacts To Charleston Shooting: ‘Any Sick Madman Can Get A Gun’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea posted several tweets on Twitter responding to Wednesday night’s tragic church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Flea first tweeted, “Charleston shooting. You are kidding me. This is too much. Humans are an over rated species. Sick. God help us.” He later added, “Dylan Roof’s gun was a birthday gift.”

Flea then went off on the lack of gun control in the United States: “the usa land where any sick madman can easily get a gun. disgusting, deplorable, unbelievable.” He also retweeted two anti-gun messages.

Reuters reported yesterday, “A white man was arrested on Thursday on suspicions he killed nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina after sitting with them for an hour of Bible study in an attack U.S. officials are investigating as a hate crime.

The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended when 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested in a traffic stop about 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, South Carolina, where the shooting occurred, officials said.

Wednesday’s mass shooting at the almost 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, comes after a year of turmoil and protests over race relations, policing and criminal justice in the United States. A series of police killings of unarmed black men has sparked a renewed civil rights movement under the ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner.”

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Flea & Paul McCartney Top ‘Richest Bassists’ List

In a new article published by ‘TheRichest,’ the world’s top 10 wealthiest bassists were ranked. It comes as no surprise that legendary artist Paul McCartney tops the list with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

Influential alt-rock bassists also ranked among the richest bassists. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the no. 6 spot with an estimated net worth of $115 million, while Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic finished off the list at no. 10 with an estimated net worth of $40 million. Also making the list were Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler.

Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers Supergroup Antemasque Announces Summer Tour Dates

Antemasque, the supergroup featuring former members of The Mars Volta and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, have announced their summer tour dates. Following the July 15 release of the band’s debut album, Antemasque will embark on a tour with dates in Texas, Arizona, California, and Japan.

The band’s personnel includes ex-Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and drummer Dave Elitch, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

Flea recently posted a video of the Chili Peppers’ return to the studio, so it’s currently unclear whether or not Flea will be joining Antemasque on tour or if the tour commitments will further delay the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ eleventh studio album and follow-up to 2011’s I’m With You.

Below, listen to Antemasque’s debut single, “4AM,” and view the band’s upcoming tour dates:

8/02 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
8/03 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
8/04 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
8/05 – Dallas, TX @ Trees Dallas
8/07 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
8/08 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
8/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
8/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Forms New Band Antemasque With Ex-Mars Volta Members

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has formed a new band, Antemasque, with former The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and drummer Dave Elitch. Antemasque has revealed the lead single to their upcoming album, a song entitled “4AM,” which can be listened to below. The song has an upbeat, punkish vibe.

The Mars Volta officially disbanded last year, with the possibility of a reunion between Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala not completely ruled out despite some bad blood between the two. Flea collaborated with The Mars Volta with trumpet contributions on 2003’s debut album De-Loused in the Comatorium and 2005’s Frances the Mute, along with then-bandmate John Frusciante. Flea tweeted early Wednesday the following message:

Rolling Stone has reported that Antemasque will be a full-time project, and that Omar Rodríguez-López is still committed to his Bosnian Rainbows project as well as new album for that project. Listen to Antemasque’s lead single “4AM” below:

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