Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis: New Guitarist Brings a Different Experience

Story by Cat Badra

Singer says new Red Hot Chili Peppers album is ‘moody and dreamy’

Funk-rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 10th studio album, I’m With You, this weik, and according to lead singer Anthony Kiedis, the release indicates an entirely new Red Hot Chili Peppers. That freshness is thanks, in no small part, to new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who swapped places with longtime six-stringer John Frusciante.

Kieids told MTV News the new guitarist is “definitely a big part of why it’s different: different person, different chemistry, different experience, different era … we’re a new band, and thank goodness. It seemed to be, whether we liked it or not, time for change to take place.”

One big change on I’m With You was the writing process. Most of the songs started on piano, not guitar, and gradually evolved during the recording experience. The outcome is a very intricate, wistful-sounding collection of Peppers tracks.

“It’s more ethereally complex and layered and kind of spooky and moody and dreamy, yet still profound,” Kiedis said. “…The spirit of the Red Hot Chili Peppers remains and changes and moves on. It’s us, with a whole new thing.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, which includes Kiedis, Klinghoffer, bass player Flea and drummer Chad Smith, are presenting a song-by-song live concert showing, by satellite, of I’m With You in select movie theaters around the world this week. The guys will be play the entire album, plus some Peppers hits, on Tuesday (Aug. 30), in a high-definition cinema event. Tickets are available at partaking theater box offices and at the Red Hot Chili Peppers movie website. Photo credit Ellen Von Unwerth.

 

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