In a brief interview for Billboard.com, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith talked about the band’s plans after Anthony Kiedis’ recovery, more or less said that a follow up to 2011’s I’m With You is not to be expected before late 2013. In the light of upcoming ceremony of inducing the Red Hots and a couple of others to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; he said that Jack Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez will perform at the ceremony, as well as attend the private party the night before.
As many predicted in the recent discussions, John is not going to be there. Here’s what Smith had to say about it:
He didn’t feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect,” Smith says. “We asked him… He said, ‘I’m just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.’ It was all good. He’s the kind of guy, I think, that once he’s finished with something he’s just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now.”
But, Smith adds, that won’t dampen the celebration in Cleveland. “I’m very pleased about it,” he says. “Music’s not a competition. Yeah, you like to win Grammys and stuff, but (the Rock Hall) is different. It’s not like the flavor of the month or the flavor of the year; it’s for a long career we’ve been fortunate enough to have. I’m very humbled, because the people who are in there…it’s not a joke. It’s very cool. So we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun thing. There’s no pressure, like, ‘Are we gonna win?,’ none of that s***. We can just go and have a good time and celebrate with our friends and our families and our fans.”
Therefore, guys at Gigwise were not really right, were they?
*Many thanks to Ian, Matt and Adam for the heads-up.