It’s even harder to believe, or accept, that guitar hero John Frusciante has left the Los Angeles band (we expect some more sublime solo sets Johnny boy). The Los Angeles band come back harder and grittier with Monarchy of Roses, which is a guns blazing track for rock’s royalty. Over the last 28 years, the band has overcome everything from death to Dave Navarro. So Frusciante split, Flea joined Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, Kiedis started a family, and longtime drummer Chad Smith started a band with tequila huckster Sammy Hagar. For Flea and Kiedis, however, the band is in their DNA. They’ve lived their entire adult lives as Chili Peppers and one day they’ll be buried in Chili Pepper-shaped coffins, wearing nothing but the aforementioned tube socks, strategically placed.
The new lineup hit the studio with longtime producer Rick Rubin and laid down the basic tracks for a new album in record time (for the Chili Peppers, anyway). Eventually, the rest of the band joins the fray. It’s the Chili Peppers at their very best, regardless of who’s holding the guitar.
It’s not the Chili Peppers best album, but it just might their least labored. It almost sounds as if Frusciante’s departure enabled them to make the kind of album that Frusciante would have loved to play on. (It’s also currently the number one song on the Billboard Top 25 Rock Songs chart, so there’s that.)
For the first half of the album, the band seems determined to prove to the world that the Chili Peppers are still the Chili Peppers. Of course, this band could release an album of Klezmer music and everyone would know it was the Chili Peppers. It’s also a token of appreciation to the Chili Pepper fans that have stuck by the band through countless line-up changes and solid reassurance that the band is still vital without John Frusciante. "I'm With You," the new album from multi-platinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers is released today, August 29th, on Warner Bros. Records.
The band, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, are bringing the album to the global stage with a song-by-song live concert performance, via satellite, to select movie theaters around the world. Red Hot Chili Peppers LIVE: I'm With You is the first -- and only -- time the new album will be performed in its entirety by the band. The album was produced by Rick Rubin -- who produced the band's previous five albums, "Stadium Arcadium" (2006), "By The Way" (2002), "Californication" (1999), "One Hot Minute" (1995), and "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (1991) -- and mastered for iTunes using high-resolution sourced audio to provide fans with an incredibly rich listening experience.
One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including "Best Rock Album" for "Stadium Arcadium," "Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group" for "Dani California," "Best Rock Song" for "Scar Tissue," and "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" for "Give It Away."
In October, the band set off on a European tour.