RHCP: When Are We Planning to Call It Quits

"I still love making records, but the touring part - I don't know if we can continue..."

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RHCP: When Are We Planning to Call It Quits

Drummer Chad Smith was asked by Eddie Trunk on how much longer he thinks RHCP can keep going, especially considering how high-energy their live shows are, to which he replied (transcribed by UG):

"We were riding in a van after a gig and Flea was like, 'How much longer do you think we should... How do you think we should end this?' [Chuckles]

"I was like, 'I don't know!' I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part... I don't know if we can continue...

"I mean, three of us are 54 years old - Anthony, me and Flea. Josh is 38 or 39, so he's a young man.

"But I don't know if we can continue to do the long tours - the year, year-and-a-half we normally do. That's a good question.

"Like the next album cycle - another tour, it would be something that will maybe be brought up, like, 'Will we do tour the way we have in the past?' I know Metallica does...

"James has kind of a thing, like 50 shows a year, that's it. It's a marathon, it's not a sprint.

"So it takes longer to get around the world. That's the thing, everybody wants to see you, you're so lucky, but it takes a long time.

"We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit. You kinda see that what's gonna work for you maybe doesn't necessarily work for other bands.

"But again, we're just so grateful that people want to come and see us play, and we love to perform. I don't know in the future how that's gonna look."

Chad also noted during the chat:

"We pride ourselves in putting out a really amazing performance. You want people to just walk away and be like, 'Wow, I haven't seen anything like that!'

"It also poses a question how long can you do it - at that level that you expect, and that the people expect from you.

"We've set this live thing where people are like, 'Go see the Chili Peppers, you won't see anything like it!'

"And when you can't do that anymore, you gotta really stop and go, 'We're not gonna be sitting on stools up there playing our songs.'"

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    i havent fapped in 6 days
    Don't waste it on some spur of the moment quickie.  Treat yourself right.  Light some candles, dim the lights, put some music on, do a little romancing.  You earned it.  
    it's an honor to be a part of the same UG community where you are. Scotty688 2020
    Double checked the article to look for relevance.  Was pleased with what I found, nonetheless.
    'We're not gonna be sitting on stools up there playing our songs.'  Says the guy who spends the entirety of their gigs sitting on his ass.
    'We're not gonna be sitting on stools up there playing our songs.' Chad is already playing while sitting down :p For real though, they still really have that insane awesome energy on stage. I went to a George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic show a few weeks back, really cool, and George is already 75, still got all that crazy energy but you see him sitting down (ofcourse, who wouldn't). He has this amazing young energetic band (and mutherf*cking Blackbird Mcknight) supporting him, that makes a whole difference though, that way it doesn't look like a 75yo sitting down and being tired. Getting a lot of younger guys in the band isn't something the Red Hot Chili Peppers could do though... Might have to find there own solution to their problem, or spend more time in the studio and less time on tour :/
    So just tour for 6 montha. Who days you have to tour a set amount of time?
    Can I just throw out there that whenever Jomatami writes an article the title is phrased as a question without a question mark? Either say "When are we planning to call it quits?" or "When we are planning to call it quits", please.
    I think the way Metallica did it is smart - yeah - they won't hit every smaller area anymore, but a road trip to a bigger venue is more fun to some fans in a way.  Plus they won't call retirement 8 times, only to come back out of it a year or two later.   Just do what keeps you playing music and makes you happy.   Once it becomes a hassle it will translate to the performance and that's worse for fans then maybe not seeing a band as much, but going to a show where they musicians are playing with some passion.
    I think that the only problem they have now is AK's voice. It's too weak and out of tune, even more than it was before
    That's an interesting point of view since Anthony said that he wasn't comfortable with his singing until they released by the way.
    I seen them last summer and they were very disappointing. No crowd interaction, Anthony barely on the stage and they weren't playing well. Don't know if it was down to it being an outdoor gig with bad sound, but it genuinely was one of the worst gigs I've ever been to.
    I think it must have been a specific circumstance; I've only ever heard good things from people who have seen them, and when I saw them in november it was honestly fantastic
    Yeah, that was my reaction. It's true Anthony went off stage fairly often, but they fille din with jams, which I think they've always done. Don't know what Tony was doing offstage, drugs or just having a breather, but he deserved it with the amount of jumping around and energy he brought to his performance. Will also add that King was amazing. Really went out of his way to make sure everyone had a good time, even staying on stage for a while after the show just interacting with the crowd.
    Yeah it must have been something up with that show; was it around the time Ant went to hospital?  When I saw them they were all onstage almost the whole time except for when they started with a typical intro jam and then Ant came on to start Can't Stop Also, he's not done any drugs in years, decades probably by now
    in 2 decades there won't be any touring bands left anyways, because everybody will just be an youtube rockstar like Steve T and the other morons.
    Like every older hall of fame caliber band gets this article. Nobody ever puts a hard date on it or even a hypothetical. Its just like "yeah... well... someday! !!!"
    I've seen them 3 times. twice with john and once with josh. and no disrespect to josh but he tends to get extremely sloppy, take this years bonnaroo for example, his playing made me actually turn off the live stream it was so bad and i was actually really looking forward to watching it. i think the best thing they could do is find a new guitarist and have josh go back to being the background guitar player and vocalist. i really enjoyed hi first effort with the band 'I'm with you' but this last album was horrible and they need some fresh blood it seems.
    "CAN'T STOP" HUEHUEHUE... nevermind... Maybe just stick to smaller tours. The RHCP guys look and sound dry as fuck this tour. I think it's a bit too heavy.