Red Hot Chili Peppers

Even more minor RHCP insider scoop from mr. Smith on the radio

RHCP in 2002In last night’s interview, to the central-Florida based Real Radio 104.1’s The Buckethead Show, Chad Smith was mostly talking about the Bombastic Meatbats and Chickenfoot but, given that there’s more and more suspense and curiosity brewing about it; he was, of course, asked a couple of questions about the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well. Here’s a not-so-perfect transcript of the relevant parts of the interview, starting at 08:36. As usual, there might be some blanks to fill, but please do not be perfectionists, as I still have not dug through most of your August, September and October emails, it’s almost physically impossible. Many thanks to the ever so kind Travis for the express delivery of this awesome interview.

In addition to this, Chad Smith also mentioned the band’s rehearsing on Twitter, and Anthony Kiedis’ father, Blackie Dammet, spoke about the “best band in the world rehearsing in a secret location”, according to people who watch his Myspace profile more closely. However, I’m advising you not to stalk and bother these people, though; as they probably are very busy and it’s really not a nice thing to do. It is very nice of them that they do decide to say something at all, come to think of it.

Interviewer: What do the guys from the Chili Peppers, what do they say about…aah…the Bombastic Meatbats?

Chad Smith: Oh, um, I don’t know, cause we just started rehearsing again last week, we just started writing songs, getting together, making music and so…I don’t even know if they really know about the Bombastic Meatbats. You’re asking me about Chickenfoot and I remember Flea was like: “What’s Marc Anthony like?” you know…and all that kind of stuff.

(unrelated)

Interviewer: Is there going to be any song on the new Chili Peppers’ stuff named or have a meaning related to California?

Chad Smith: Hahahahaha…

Interviewer: Isn’t that a rule?

Chad Smith: I don’t think it’s a rule, alright. Anthony writes all the lyrics and the words, you see, that’s his category…but…yeah, I think it’s in the contract…hehehehe.

Interviewer: Yeah, can you please explain it to us, Chad? Why-why, eeh, you know, I’m a Chili Peppers’ fan, but…

Chad Smith: I don’t know…cause he writes about what he knows?! I mean, it’s where we live, you know?

Interviewer: I love California, haha..

Chad Smith: I know there’s a ? because…cause we wrote about this character! Dani California was in, like, three songs: one song on the Californication record, um, on the By The Way record and then, on the last, Stadium Arcadium, there’s actually a song called Dani California. So…so…but I think that chapter’s closed, he’ll have to come up with something new for this album.

Interview: Alright, so…

Chad Smith: That’s not like…I can’t do words, I have so much respect for people who can do lyrics, I can’t. As you hear on the Meatbats, I don’t do too many vocal vib…vocal, vocal stylings of Chad Smith. No, not yet! But it might be coming up.

Interviewer: You lied to us! You said you did, you said that you sing, we just can’t hear you.

Chad Smith: That’s right!

Interviewer: You liar!

Chad Smith: Oh nooo…

Interviewer: YOU’RE A LIAR, NOOOO!

Chad Smith: Don’t record!

Interviwer: Let me err…let me ask you, I’ve put up this questionary to a couple of guest on lately, artists and bands, asking the same question: Alright, Chad. You and the Chili Peppers just get aaa…you just get called up on stage for a big award show to accept your award. You walk up there, you’re about to give your acceptance speech, and Kanye West does what he did to Taylor Swift, to you guys. What does Chad Smith do?

Chad Smith: Oh, Kanyeeee…why does he do that? Umm…great question, I don’t…you know…probably start beatboxing and having-having him bust out a rhyme.

Interviewer: Yeah, I can see that happening! Yeah, you know, I can see you guys…

Chad Smith: If he can, he’ll keep doing it, keep thinking…and he probably can. Then it’s a musical and then it’s OK, but you know, ??????, you know. I know, I thought that was staged…you know, that was all staged. You know, MTV likes to do their controversial stuff. Shows for the ?????. It just looked staged to me, it looked like “Oh, here you have Kanye again”, you know, and it’s most like a joke…you know, like he always comes up and cries about something, he’s doing it again…but I guess not, if it was a ????, I’m just, I’m like… “no, come on”.

Interviewer: ????? it’s like, a…there’s Anthony like he’s in “Point Break”, you know, where he tried to pick the fight with Patrick Swayze, he takes off the shirt and then, you know, he just kinda does his little sway on the one side to the other….

Interviewer 2: ….It’s called dance move…

Interviewer: …yeah, and then they start fighting. That’s what I envision.

Chad Smith: OK…yeah, well, you know…

Interviewer: …and you laughing!

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7 Comments

  • kristofer

    Interesting. Im actually excited to hear what the red hot’s can offer with a new album. Wonder what direction they take?

  • MikeA

    I’d love for them to try a new producer. Love Rick Rubin and all but someone like the Neptunes or even Kanye himself would be cool. Jim O’Rourke too.

    • phantom

      Kanye west? jeeze i dont think the peppers would want to work with him way too commercial without a lot of substance
      (just an opinion)

    • Xpld

      no way ❗
      as said before, it’s way to commercial and heartless, from my point of view. Look what happened to all the other artist who were produced by them recently.
      I don’t wanna hear plastic-party-beats or Anthony singing with this bloody Autotune, I just want the Peppers, as great as we know them. And the only man coming to my mind these days is Rick Rubin (or a self-production).

  • Rainer

    Smith is on Twitter?
    Anyone knows the REAL account?!
    I know Dave Navarro tweeds, but didn’t expect anyone in the band is doing this..

  • Niels

    Isn’t it time to start a Chad-subpage? The guys says so much about everything(not that I don’t like it though). No shit, he’s really going to be the new frontman, cause no-one else from the Peppers talks to the press about annything, at least, not what I read/hear/see… Does annyone knows something about Josh Klingshoffer? J.F. en Flea talked about adding him to the band, so John can play whatever freaking solo he wants…

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