Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis: We Have a ‘New Chemistry’

’90s rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers drop new album next week

Los Angeles funk-rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers drop their oh-so anticipated new full length, I’m With You, on Tuesday (Aug. 30), and lead singer Anthony Kiedis is opening up about the writing process behind the smash single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.”

Kiedis wrote the lyrics to the song in — of all places — his bedroom. He knew the guys had a hit on their hands immediately.

“It was everything under the sun and really, it was the new chemistry of our band. It was Josh, it was Chad, it was Flea. Kind of that sensation of reinvention was a very exciting process,” he told Los Angeles alternative radio station KROQ.

“Everybody did their homework and brought their best to the room. Just listening. That was my inspiration. Listening to what would happen. And being a person who’s been around the block a few times. I took notes. The lyrics I wrote in my bedroom earlier in the day and some of them were on the spot in the studio…”

Kiedis added that the band had a “strange process of kind of creating a chorus for that song in the studio because originally it was an hour-long dance groove–which we loved.”

As for new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer joining Kiedis, Flea and drummer Chad Smith and taking the legendary spot of John Frusciante, Kiedis says the band was a timely part of their growth as a band.

”Intimidation is not fruitful when you’re on the same team,” he said. “And with Josh, I think there was a great deal of equality when we began. I like to lovingly say we joined Josh’s solo act–the three of us.”

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is currently the Peppers’ biggest modern rock hit.




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