One of the most anticipated sounds of 2011 will be the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band began work on the follow up to "Stadium Arcadium", writing songs in 2009.
In December that same year, guitarist John Frusciante publicly revealed he had left the Chili Peppers, announcing on his website the departure was amicable, and members were very supportive, but he was going to focus his energies on his solo career which musically led him in a different direction.
Josh Klinghoffer was rumored to be the likely replacement having toured as second guitarist for the band on their Arcadium world tour and working previously with Frusciante on his solo material. His time-tested experience gelled with the band as he performed with RHCP at MusiCares honoring Neil Young at the beginning of 2010. Shortly thereafter Klinghoffer was officially confirmed by drummer Chad Smith as a full-time replacement for Frusciante.
Both Smith and bassist Flea (Michael Balzary,) note the new sound and approach the album will have.
"It is a new direction because we've got a new guitar player and he's an amazing musician, so it's obviously gonna change," Smith told Grammy Camp.
"But it's also gonna change because we've got a new guy in the group, and he's very talented, very musical. It's fresh, it's fun, everyone is in a good mood, everyone is coming up with lots of good ideas, and I just look forward to what the future is gonna bring. I know it's gonna be different and exciting. It just makes me really happy to get up everyday and go to rehearsals, because I know something new and cool is gonna happen, and so I'm looking for it; it's awesome."
Flea, who recently tweeted, "Ahhhhhh. Here in the studio making this new Chili Pepper record........ Feels so good. Like taking a bath in music," admits the last tour took its toll on the band and desperately need the break and breath of fresh air.
"We took two years off just to get away from it because we had been worked to the bone," he told NPR.
During the break Flea enrolled at USC and for the first time in his life, studied music: Classical, Theory and Bach.
"I felt like it really opened up new doors for me as a musician. I started playing the piano and for this record almost all my writing contribution come from the piano which is a new thing for me, a new feeling and sound for the band."
The tenth studio album is once again being produced by Rick Rubin whom the band have shared a relationship with since the Harry Houdini mansion days of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. While Smith was attending the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, January 13th he stopped by the Sabian booth for some product hype and said the new album will drop in June.
The Chili's will head out on the road in the summer of 2011 with a string of festival dates already confirmed including The Summer Sonic Festival, August 7th-8th in Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, Rock In Rio on September 24th and dates in Peru & Colombia.
Thanks for the report to Examiner.com.