• Chad Smith: John Frusciante best musician I’ve known and played with

    In a fresh new interview with Drum Magazine, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith has only words of praise for John. This interview is far better in terms of how it was edited, so everything’s pretty clear. Looks like Drum Magazine does it a bit better than some others. Burned out by two decades of an unforgiving album-tour- album cycle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers agreed to cool it for at least a year in 2008. They walked away from the stage, the studio, and each other. Then, in the middle of the break, guitarist John Frusciante left to pursue solo work full-time. Though the move extended the group’s absence…

  • Flea & John Frusciante in 1999

    Flea: John probably the best guitarist in the world

    In a short but insightful interview posted on MusicRadar, Flea discusses the new Red Hot Chili Peppers, the upcoming I’m With You studio album and, most importantly, he gives more insight to John’s legacy than in any other interview prior to this. Moreover, he calls John the best guitarist in the world, which Invisible Movement pretty much agrees on and I hope most of you do, too. Here are the most interesting bits from this interview. Flea on John’s creative input in the Red Hots: At the end of the last tour, things felt very strained. And I said, ‘Let’s just take two years off.’ Because things just felt unpleasant,…

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    RHCP announce first album after John’s departure. What’s your say?

    As it was announced via Flea’s Twitter last night and then confirmed and written by many news outlets out there, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 10th studio album, the first one without John after 16 years, finally has a title, the release date and title & the release date for its first single as well. In case it was not clear before, Invisible Movement is not going to be covering this further, unless there are articles, TV snippets et cetera that directly mention John, contain photos or snippets, which is pretty much what’s been the usual procedure here over the last couple of years. However, as many people asked for…

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground

    Higher Ground is the 28th best cover ever, according to Gibson

    In yet another of their music-related lists, guitar makers Gibson are exploring the topic of the best cover songs. This morning, they published places 30-21 and one of the songs on the list is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ cover of Higher Ground. Red Hot Chili Peppers took this groovy, wah/Clavinet-driven 1973 Stevie Wonder song from the classic album Innervisions and turned it into a hyperkinetic funk/metal track on their 1989 album Mother’s Milk. The album was the Peppers’ first with guitarist John Frusciante. RHCP’s version felt more frantic than the original, and the video reflected this vibe in glorious Technicolor. The band’s hard work was rewarded with an MTV…

  • Aaron Savage's LEGO take on BloodSugarSexMagik

    BloodSugarSexMagik gets a Lego treatment

    British artist Aaron Savage has an interesting, yet simple mission: recreating iconic albums’ covers using LEGO elements. One of the albums he decided to revive using ’em bricks is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ BloodSugarSexMagik. For a wider selection of the LEGO album covers, have a look here. For all of you who have never seen the Can’t Stop video recreated with LEGO, you might want to have a look at that, too. *Many thanks to Jo for this interesting clipping.

  • Andy Gill

    Andy Gill: “Chili Peppers based career on us”

    As per a couple of different news sources – Andy Gill, producer and Gang of Four member, claims that the Red Hot Chili Peppers based their career on his band’s career. Moreover, he claims that Can’t Stop is more or less plagiarism. “The guitar on their single ‘Can’t Stop’ was directly from one of our early songs and when I heard it I thought ‘that’s going a bit far’. I bumped into their bass player, Flea, a few years back at a party and he said, ‘Andy, I just don’t understand why you’ve never sued us’.” He also reflected on the famous turd in the pizza box incident during the…

  • Q magazine, February 2011

    Top 250 albums of Q’s Lifetime – RHCP’s “Californication” listed

    In the upcoming, February 2011 issue of British Q Magazine, which is at the moment available solely to its subscribers and set to hit the news stands on 31st December, there’s a list of 250 best albums published in Q’s lifetime, as voted by its readers. The magazine was first published late in 1986, therefore having witnessed roughly 24 years of great music, good music, bad music and, well, awful music. Their list appears to be more realistic than XFM’s Top 1000 Songs Of All Time, so picking this up would be a logical recommendation. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1999 comeback album, Californication is on the list and there’s a…

  • The XFM Top 1000 Songs Of All Time

    19 RHCP songs, 17 with John, on a top-1000 list by XFM

    Eminent British radio XFM, with help of its readers, has compiled a list of the Top 1000 Songs Of All The Time and it’s most entirely made out of rock and alternative music; which isn’t a big surprise given who their listeners are. 19 songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 17 of which are from both John eras, have been selected for this list. They’re all the same page, and the list begins here. Here are all the songs that made the list, listed by albums, as it is more convinient that way. Sadly, only one of them was not released as a single, the rest are all overplayed…

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    Reactions to the new Red Hot Chili Peppers book and photos

    Since The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History saw the light of the day a couple of weeks ago; there have been many reactions to it. (Un)surprisingly enough, many of them were out-of-the-box and picked from Reuters, so if you want a true opinion on the book, you’re better off getting yourself a copy. The Reuters story sums up what the book is about and calls it a nostalgic window into the future, rather than a resume of what has happened before. Nearing the end of their summary, they quote Flea’s feelings about the book. “A picture book by its nature is a nostalgic thing,” Flea said. “Going back…

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    Carlos Santana covers “Under The Bridge”

    The guitar legend Carlos Santana just released his new album, Carlos Santana – Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time. The title pretty much speaks for itself – mr. Santana is covering a lot of songs famous for their melodies and riffs. Guest singers, ranging from Chris Cornell to India Arie are also present. Now, why does this matter? Because the last track on the CD/DVD deluxe version of the album is a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under The Bridge, with Andy Vargas on vocals and Carlos Santana doing John. You can buy this pretty much flattering tribute from an older legend to a younger legend…