The last album Red Hot Chili Peppers released that was worth a damn was Californication, back in the twentieth century, so yeah, a different world. The two times I saw Red Hot Chili Peppers in the twenty-first century, they were terrible both times. However personal prejudice notwithstanding, expect to hear a lot from the band in 2016.
First, they are already set for a couple of European Festivals, so expect them Stateside, indeed, unless AEG steals their thunder, expect them at Governors Ball. Not a bad place to catch the band at all, I wouldn’t mind them headlining a night, they are big enough.
So why are they on tour you ask? How about this:
“Flea owns a really great studio now,” said guitarist Josh Klinghofer last summer. “I’ve been recording with the Chili Peppers every day. We’ve written musically 30 songs now. We sort of did this last time, which was my first album. We piled a shitload of stuff on Anthony and he actually came through. He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end. We recorded 50 last time. We released an extra 17 that didn’t go on the album. We are conscious to not do that again, but we’re already up to 28 or 30 songs. (Rick Rubin producing) is sort of up in the air still. Normally he becomes involved in the arranging process but he hasn’t yet been which is good for me. I like it the way we are doing it so far. There hasn’t been an official producer named yet, so in the absence of that, you never know what could happen.”
Let’s hope they pair it down to the best eleven and dump the rest.