Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chad Smith mentions John’s departure for the first time in an interview

In a recent interview to a Pittsburgh radio station, 105.9 The X, mostly related to Chickenfoot, Chad Smith openly spoke about John’s departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the first time; after months of interviews that could’ve been understood in a couple of different ways. It appears that the band supports the decision, which is nice.

NA: I hear the lineup has changed. Any chance you can comment on that?

CS: Well, you could say that, we have a new guitarist who is one of the most talented musicians I’ve come to know; and as a group we are taking steps I never thought we’d be taking and it’s awesome.

NA: So, john isn’t with the band anymore?

CS: John will always be with the band but right now he is just a busy man. John is and always will be about the music. I love John and I’m happy he is doing what he wants.

*Thanks to “burrito” who posted the partial transcript here and to AnΓ„β€˜elka for the heads-up.

Post scriptum A little appeal to everyone: The commenting system on this website is NOT a message board. When you’re posting random questions in comments to something unrelated, that looks really awkward. Use the message board for things you do not see covered on the site and if you do discuss things that DO get coverage here, discuss them in comments on news where they are actually mentioned. Please!

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26 Comments

  • @AaronianKenrod

    this is quite positive, especially the way he says john is always with the band. like people have mentioned before, it hints at guest appearances etc which would be ace

  • Gili

    I love chad’s answer.. But the part of the steps they never took before.. Yeah, thats kind of scares me.. Hoping for the best though..

  • Jonny

    I just followed the link and found no mention of john anywhere, where has the part about him come from? :S
    I hope its true, but i just can't seem to find it πŸ™ is it just me?

  • Willis

    chad has avoided the "producer" question in the past, and doesnt say johns left as such…..could we possibly see him in a different role on this album? i think he has a real talent for refining music and a step away from the axe could yield beautiful results….

  • Austin

    I think the new RHCP album will be awesome, if Chad thinks it's awesome, than it probably is. Chad's got good musical taste. So I am more excited than ever for the best rock band ever to keep on rocking. Also, does anyone think John will release anymore solo music??? Cause i'm hungry for some

    • alex

      I would say it's probably Josh πŸ™‚ But yeah, John producing would be awesome. In fact at this stage of the band's life I think John producing and playing guitar instead would probably yield far more interesting outcome than John on guitar and the usual Rubin production

  • David

    "John will always be with the band but right now he is just a busy man. John is and always will be about the music. I love John and I'm happy he is doing what he wants."

    That's the best thing I've ever heard Chad Smith say.

  • Roy

    OO man thats some good stuff. Very positive maybe John might make some guest appearances or maybe later he might rejoin or something, hes just doin his thing now and everyone supports him and doesn't want him to rehearse and write new music with him because they know he wants to do something else. Iva what you think??? I'm not digging the whole taking different steps remark tho.

  • James

    This was pretty cool especially when he said "John will always be with the band but right now he is just a busy man"
    I think its funny that Chad's doing all the interviews at the moment (I know it was about Chickenfoot but still) its like each member takes in charge of an album like Anthony was apart earlier albums a lot more flea was more apart of One Hot Minute and John did the last three now its Chad's turn =]

  • Dave C.

    I love john but I don't understand how he lives his life 2 play and make music with whomever, Solo, mars volta, yet he is in a sense letting a lot of us down as well as the peppers by making this decision. I support it, I 2 had a friend say we can be friends but I can't play with you but we can hang out. John's contribution is what makes the peppers the best they can be and without that spark it will be a lot less brighter. Sometimes a band should hang it up, I love the peppers so much but it can't ever be the same just like it wasn't before without john!

    • sapphire

      john’s doing what he feels is right, as he said that playing with the peppers wouldn’t be true to him.. so if he continued to play with him wouldn’t he let himself down?

  • Dave C.

    I love john but I don't understand how he lives his life 2 play and make music with whomever, Solo, mars volta, yet he is in a sense letting a lot of us down as well as the peppers by making this decision. I support it, I 2 had a friend say we can be friends but I can't play with you but we can hang out. John's contribution is what makes the peppers the best they can be and without that spark it will be a lot less brighter. Sometimes a band should hang it up, I love the peppers so much but it can't ever be the same just like it wasn't before without john!

    • Willis

      the band was immense with Hillel……fair enough the Dave era was appreciated and didn't drive the band to itsmost expressive stage, but to say he's letting people down is a bit far….at the end of the day Johns still a human being, he might be a more talented musician but being in a band, especially one like the chili peppers is a huge commitment, so can see why it would be good to take a step back. Plus Josh is harsh! the man will contribute alot if he is indeed the new guitarist for the chili's, and possibly the staleness of the last album will be resolved…..maybe they'll be stripped back to californication era type stuff……

  • TimZ

    well I think things WILL be the same in some time. John has been such an inspiration to the band and to their music that he simply CAN'T leave. Like chad says: john will always be in the band. and besides josh is defenitly for john what john was for hillel. Everybody thought that it would suck but then somehow a great musician shows up and saves the band. now just wait till john finished his own projects and wants to rejoin again…

  • Eugene

    I'm guessing they will go in a darker direction, which would be interesting. After listening to Josh's project Dot Hacker and Flea having collaborating with Thom Yorke I can see an almost radiohead influence in their new stuff.

  • augurio

    iva: after i read you Post scriptum I checked out the comments to see what was wrong, and I just didn't find anything serious to complain or to grumble people. I think what you do with this site is great, you must've spend a lot of time and care to build this, but sometimes it seems like this sort of "power" took over you and you feel like you need to boss around people here, and I don't mean it just because of this, there's many other opportunities when i've seen you commenting harshly to people. what I mean is, just chill a little.
    I respect you a great deal for what you do, but don't let the clouds get over your head, or like we say, "que no se te suba la mostaza a la cabeza".
    don't get mad, i mean this with love.

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