Posted on November 17, 2011 by Josh
Just wanted to write a quite note expressing how fabulously, f%#cking, fortunate I feel be on tour with such wonderful people like Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Fool's Gold and Foals. Watching Femi and the wonderful folks in his band every night was such an uplifting experience for me. Seeing the guitarist Ope Awomolo up close, watching his fingers move is a beautiful and hypnotic thing that I recommend everybody seek out. It was such a joy having them out and we all thank them!
At the moment here in the UK, Fool's Gold has been rocking with us every night! I think I played on the same bill as the singer and bass player Luke when we were fifteen. Maybe fourteen? Raven's playhouse in North Hollywood, anyone? That was over half my ago. Tonight, Luke and I will be on the same bill at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. I probably listened to Pulp or Cabaret Voltaire on my way to that Raven's show. I think I'm a little less nervous now than I was back at the Raven's Playhouse where I seem to recall playing most of the gig with my back to the crowd of about twenty two people. There will be a few more than that there tonight and I hope you ALL enjoy Fool's Gold! They are one of the most joyous and inventive conjurers of pop music around today. Again, Lewis is an unbelievable guitarist and watching him up close is a incredible honour! Brad came up and blew a ripping solo on "Did I Let You Know" and tore the roof off the MEN here in Manchester the other night. We thank him for that! I love these guys!
Next leg we have Foals who we did a few shows with in South America. I'm surrounded by cool and interesting guitar players on this tour and I love it. I look forward to seeing more of those lads as we tear the final pages off the 2011 calendar.
Again, it's such an amazing privilege to be in a band that has the opportunity to tour with such important and inspiring bands. I know support acts aren't always what one might want to see when you're excited for a headliner, but I really appreciate everyone giving our friends we have out with us a chance to make your heart feel good. The RHCP have always had friends and great people on tour with them. I opened for them a few times and it's always such a loving environment onstage, offstage, backstage and it seems, in front of the stage.
Thank you for all the smiles I've seen thus far.
Posted on November 11, 2011 by Flea
This run through Ireland, NOrthern Ireland, and Engladn so far has been fulfilling. Playing the music is always such an emotional thing. There are a lot of different levels of it for me. In one way, I go into a total animalistic single focus on rocking for all I'm worth, giving everything I have to make each song it's deepest most intense groove, to give every ounce of strength and concentration I can channel to every dynamic and emotiona twist and turn of the flow of the music. In another way, I just want to connect with the audience, to feel y'all, to do everything i can to uplift you, to share the magic from the divine source from where this music comes from, to get myself out of the way and let that happen. An in another way, the show, the music, all of it is a sanctuary for me, a safe place away from the chaos and pain and suffering of the world. Man, the whole thing is such a cathartic experience. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.
Yeah these shows have been fun. While we were here in London, the launch happened for the basses created by the great artist Damien Hirst and myself. Damien painted each one individually, they are all different and man they are just beautiful and wild!. You can see them at the 'Other Criteria' shop on New Bond Street in London. You can also see pictures of them at Othercriteria.com. They are really amazing pieces of art, and every one of them is signed by Damien and I. Some of them come with additional artwork by Damien, and collaborative artwork by Damien and I. They are Dope! Rope a Dope!!! All of the profit from the sale of these things will go to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, I will not take a penny, and Damien is not even taking back the expenses he incurred making them, he has donated all his time and energy for free. He is a man among men with a heart the size of Leeds. The deluxe editions of the basses also come with individually handpainted cases, and are chockfull of great art surprises. Just sayin.
We had a party for the basses on the night of the launch and Josh and Chad and Mauro and I jammed at it and let our freak flags fly as high as we could. Then Ronnie Wood joined us for a jam, and it was a goooooooood one. That ol' Ronnie Wood is a superb musician, it is always a beautiful thing to play with him.
So I find myself this morning at still at the hotel in London, bout to get it together to go get on a whirlybird and head for the gig in Glasgow tonight. Letyour freak flag fly. Peace and Love to all.
Posted on November 05, 2011 by Flea
Last night was such a fun show in Dublin. Truly, Ireland has been an amazing place for us to pay through the years. There is something about the soul of the place that really touches me. An intangible thing, can't describe it, but it blows me away. I think the greatest crowd I ever witnessed was when we played Belfast in '91. It was the most explosive feeling I ever got from an audience they were just on fire. Anthony begs to differ with me, he say the audience we had in Buenos Aires a couple of months ago was just as intense, but I don't know. I guess it really is a matter of how you pecieve it at the time, sometimes the most still audience can be listening the deepest and it is a whole other kind of intensity. But man, sometimes you can walk out on stage and they really blast your face off! I hope no other countries feel like I am diminishing their connection with us, there are certain times and spaces when a magic thing happens that is impossible to control. That time in Belfast there was just a feeling in the air. It was a time of a ot of trouble there, tanks rolling down the empty streets and guys walking around in groups of four holding maching guns scared to death. There was a lot of tension in the air. Also, the Rollins bnd opened up the show and really stirred up some emotions, it was just a wild night.
I purchased a tim whiste the other day in Dublin. I like to sit in my room and play it and try to eek out some melancholy tunes. Gets me in touch with my Itrish heritage. On my father's side, his grandfather came to Australia from Ireland and his grandmother came from Hungary. My mothers side is all from England as far as I know. I was born in Australia, left there when I was 4, movied to the suburbs of New York when I was 11, then came to L.A. when I was 11. I just consider myself from L.A. I really love Los Angeles, people have such a weird impression of it around the world. It is really a soulful place. People just think about the film industry and the shalowness and power hungry weirdos and psycophants that are invoved in it. There is also an impression of Beverly HIlls and the weird shallowness of thoughtless wealth that is there. The truth is all that shit is but a fraction of what L.A. is. It is such a multicultural place, so many ethnicities, and cultures, and art and music and cool little working class communities. Such a great proximity to the mountains, the ocean, and the desert. Anyways, I'm not patriotic at all. I love the United States, I live there and there is so much beauty and freedom, but I dont care about it any more than I do about Botswana or Timbuktu if you know what I'm saying. I just love the divine energy that flows through all of us and everything, and as far as I can tell, the ratio of cool thoughtful people to selfish assholes is pretty similar everywhere I go, it crosses all ethnic, cultural, and economic boundaries.
I am addicted to the episodic television program 'Friday NIght LIghts'. It really isnt that great, but there are parts of it that are great and I just cant stop watching it. I'll be hapy when I am done with it. Well., I;m gonna go hit the steets of Dublin a little bit and see what I can find.
Posted on November 03, 2011 by Anthony
it's been a long time since i've written into the ether so please feel free to let me know who you are. it all started a couple of years ago when the need to reconsider the brotherhood of the sacred red heart chili peppers led us to the livelihood that is josh klinghoffer. we plugged into amps and tuned into each other for 12 months of jamming, song writing, snacking, parking lot baseball and big sur bike riding. in a nut shell that's how we came to be a band. it was a grateful time and to create without expectation from the wandering spotlight is a beautiful thing. we found our songs and recorded them. i kind of knew what to expect from chad and flea but discovering the dedicated flow of josh's musical conviction in the studio was a wild ride. the whole experience was a microcosm of life where every conflict leads to an opportunity and every triumph is followed by a challenge. i'm already back in line to take that ride again. one more time, i feel like we've only just begun. then, we hit the road running. a 3 club california tour of the unannounced variety was first up. we executed with vicious joy. flea picked big sur as show one, josh picked nevada city as show two and i pleaded for west hollywood's the troubadour for show number three. chad killed it at all of them and the rock show baptismal was a cherry smashing blast. off to hong kong to test the arena waters. listening to josh play that first arena show in hong kong was like lucid dreaming. i realized we were becoming what the spirit of this band had always wanted us to be. my hat is off to all of the people who attended that show. no pun intended. before heading up to japan for summer sonic fun, flea, clara balzary (our on tour photographer) and i took a ferry ride through hong kong harbor to a little residential island. we walked, got sweaty and bought tin cups to commemorate our day....after a few more sopping wet days of sweltering mid summer japanese heat, a notion came to play. a friend of mine had been mixing it up with the crowds of the summer sonic festivals and taking photos of the their fascinating faces. the energy and appearance of these fans made me want to know more about them. who they are, where they come from and what their relationship to the music of our band is all about. so now my friend, david mushegain is traveling town to town with us while we tour the world to meet, photograph and interview our fans. we'll call them 'redheads' to pay bizarre homage to the fans of the grateful dead aka 'deadheads'. links will be set up from our various sites if anyone is particularly interested in participating in the making of this book...since japan we have been around the world playing a wild ass variety of shows from the silliest of television programs to the most soulful of exchanges with south american audiences. shows played in germany, sweden, denmark, holland and france were uplifting all day and all night. thank you people for the endowment of ecstasy. i feel like our evolution as a group has hit exponential strides and has found it's way into a rhythm of happiness that, as a band, is rare. i am so grateful for the current creative nature of this moving saturnalia. it's got me jonesing to reclaim the stage and our next show in ireland awaits. let there be love.
Posted on November 03, 2011 by Flea
Well, here's my first blog for our new website. I have decided to use punctuation and capitals. No more internet jargon or lame abbreviations. No more psuedo poetic garbage from me! It took a while to get this website up, but here you have it. The inspiration for the look of the website came from the great artist Josef Albers work with color science. I know that none of it looks anything like Albers, but he was an inspiration nonetheless.
We have begun our world tour in earnest, and it has been amazing for us. The crowds have been phenomenal and I feel our new version of the Red Hot's getting better all the time, I believe that we are locking into something that can unleash the power of the GODZZZ. We have had some transcendant shows, and it feels like we are getting better everyday. I really love my bandmates alot, and feel so grateful to be doing what we are doing. The feeling of hope and potential for the future of our band is a vibrant and colorful one indeed. I just wanna rock with the boys day in and day out, I haven't felt so inspired about the Red Hot Chili Peppers in quite some time, it feels like a new beginning and our energy is focused like a mofo.
I am deciding whether or not I should curse or not in the course of this blogging. My day to day language is full of foul mouthed base communications, but in the interest of promoting a higher level of speech I will refrain from profanity. Wait......let me try it....fuck fuck shit shit fuck fuck fuck shit, ahhh no that didnt sound good, no more profanity and that's it. We have a short break from tour right now, I am on a little
holiday and staring out to a beautiful river in the lovely town or Cork, Ireland right now. This town is beautiful, I truly love Ireland.
That's it for now.
Sending love to one and all (even mean people),
Posted on November 03, 2011 by Chad
Hey everybody! Finally.. we got it up! Welcome to our brand new site.I hope u find it beautiful,informative and entertaining. We will be keeping you up to date with all things chili pepper.Photos,new music, videos, shows etc,and just a place to meet and talk with your friends. We will be keeping u all up on the latest and greatest! See u on the road....aaaand were off!.......love, Chad
Posted on November 03, 2011 by Josh
I'm not, as you'd say, the biggest blogger. I've never done it. I've never really communicated en masse. I'm thinking it'll take a few to find my rhythm. My blog rhythm. Rhythmic blogging?
In that this is my first blog, or first entry, I'm not even sure what the appropriate term is, let me just say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into the band. It means more to me than you can imagine. Thank you.