In a series of Chad Smith’s interviews regarding the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ future, this one probably looks more optimistic than any posted beforehand. So, I think it makes me smile and since we all know that we’re soon going to read the full version of John’s interview with THC, this can only put everyone in a good mood, don’t you think?
Here’s an excerpt that’s most relevant, you can read the whole article, which also concerns Chickenfoot and Chad Smith’s Boombastic Meatbeats over there on Billboard.
“That’s the plan,” Smith tells Billboard.com, noting that what was announced as a one-year break turned into two for the quartet after touring to support 2005’s “Stadium Arcadium.” “Everybody was like, ‘Y’know, I really like having this time off, not being a Chili Pepper and doing other things…It’ll be two years in September, so now we’re ready. You can’t force people to play when they don’t want to play or aren’t ready to play or whatever — not in our band, anyway.”
Smith expects bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante may come in with some musical ideas, but the group will mostly likely “do a lot of improvising and jamming and songs will come out of that, too. That’s what we usually do. I don’t know why it would be different.”
No prospective release date has even been considered yet, and Smith says he and his bandmates also “haven’t talked about” who will produce, though he acknowledges with a laugh that Rick Rubin, who’s produced the group’s last five studio efforts, “always ends up being the guy…But we haven’t discussed it.”
So, your turn…believers? Non-believers? Excited? Not amused?
UPDATE – 01st August: MusicRadar and CHARTattack have reported the same news, but their versions seem pretty far off compared to the original article. Exclaim.ca did not alter the news item itself, but they pointed out that there were odd/stupid rumours about John circling around.