RHCP on New Album: 'We're Gearing Up to Start Writing'

Band confirmed for Isle of Wight 2014 festival, "Abracadabralifornia" not the latest single.

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In the midst of false alarms circulating Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band gave a legitimate confirmation about getting ready to hit the studio for a brand new record.

Chatting with Billboard, drummer Chad Smith once again noted that the group won't be performing Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" at this year's Super Bowl, just to focus on discussing 2011's "I'm With You" follow-up.

"We're gearing up to start writing again," the drummer kicked off. "We've always got ideas bouncing, but until the four of us get in the room together, that's when you see how it really takes shape. We're just starting out now, just getting together.

"We're gonna take a little different approach to the writing process, but for the most part when we all get together, that's when it really starts," Smith continued. "It'll be fun to get into a groove of jamming and writing and all be in one place again. We're all looking forward to that."

As Chad mentioned before, RHCP were added to the Super Bowl bill by headliner Bruno Mars' personal request. In a separate Radio.com interview, Mars said that the Chili Peppers were by far the first name that popped up. "I want to surround myself with guys like that forever," he said. "It's an honor to be sharing the stage with them. They're one of my personal favorite bands of all time. I'm excited for that."

Finally, the band was confirmed as one of the headliners of this year's Isle of Wight festival. Other headliners include Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris, ticket info here.

And speaking of false alarms, the supposedly new RHCP song "Abracadabralifornia" was expectedly confirmed fake. But it's still well worth a listen, make sure to check it out below.

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    I actually like Josh Klinghoffer's guitar work. He isn't Frusciante, but he still does a pretty decent job holding the fort down. Hopefully in this album they don't bury his guitar work and his back singing, which were two of the elements that made RHCP albums so mesmerizing.
    I once found a re-remastered version that turned up Josh's guitar and it was amazing. So many layers of guitar I couldn't actually hear on the normal version. Not sure if Rick Rubin wanted it to be buried but shit, I would kill to find that re-remastered version again. I tried searching on youtube but couldn't find it.
    Metallica take note.This is the type of attitude you should have regarding recording new material.
    By the way this "Abracadabralifornia" song is actually a joke track performed by Hot Karate frontman Cyrus Ghahremani and his friend Jon Daly (costar & cowriter of "The Kroll Show").
    Their band photos are always amusing these days...three guys in their 50s, showing their age but having a good time, and some goober in his mid 30s tagging along.
    John Frusciante Was Best Fit....
    yes. we all know john was a great guitarist and the perfect fit for RHCP. but he's gone now. and josh does a great job too
    Josh is second best choice definitely. He was under Frusciante's wing for a long time and learned a lot of his tricks. I heard a recent concert they did and Josh is actually at the top of his game now. He's a perfect fit for the band because he's gotten used to jamming with Flea and Chad, and they developed the same sort of group dynamic they had with John.
    RHCP have an amazing work ethic, considering they've only taken a break once since Californication from what I remember (the break was after stadium arcadium). Looking forward to the new record, love Josh's work, hopefully we get to hear more of his guitar and amazing vocals on this record.
    Danjo's Guitar
    I'm excited to hear the new album, I think it was hard for him jumping into John's shoes on the I'm With You, but I'm willing to bet he's figured out exactly how he fits in by now. I bet it will be great.
    I've been a RHCP fan my entire cognitive life (22) and I for one, am really excited to see Josh let loose on this next album. Everyone compares him to Frusciante, and I get that. But the thing I want everyone to remember is that John didn't just start on his first album as a master with the band. Mother's Milk isn't exactly what anybody talks about when his great guitar work is brought up in conversation. Also, they are in their 50s (minus Josh) and probably having more fun doing what they love than most people at their age.
    Let's hope the new album isn't totally shit.
    Chili Peppers can keep trucking and making albums, that is fine. I would, however, LOVE to see flea do some side projects with other artists. I Would love to hear what creative sh!t he could come up with outside of his comfort zone. Imagine: Flea: Bass & Trumpet Les Claypool: Bass (Dont think it couldnt happen, Parliament did it) Bucket Head: Guitar Danny Carey or Mike Portnoy: Drums Who would love to see that lineup? And yes, I have thought about this lineup many times before.
    Just to let you know...Buckethead at one point did audition for the Chili Peppers...but he didn't click in with the band, so it would fail I think...
    Good taste. I have to say, Buckethead and Flea would be a great combo.
    Massive facepalm moment right now. You obviously didn't hear about the biggest supergroup last year called Atoms For Peace. Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and guess who...that's right Flea
    Yes I have heard of them. Not really a fan. I should have said i would like to see him do "More side projects" I know Flea has also played on albums for other bands like The Mars Volta, Govt Mule and a few others. I just listed the artists that I would like to see form a group.
    Not only have I heard of AFP. I bought their CD the day it came out. It is horrid. I mad an honest attempt to listen to it for 2 weeks. I could only tolerate 1 song and even that song wanst very good
    When I say parliament did it, I should clarify. They have played on albums, and live, with two bass players.
    Last album was pretty good if people could just get past the idea that the line up changed!
    Nothing to do with the line up. Josh Klinghoffer is a great guitar player. The music was just totally naff.
    ...or let's hope it is? I'm With You was a joke.
    I was dissapointed also, cant blame fans for disliking the lineup change, frusciante was a huge part of the band, added alot of moments with his falsetto. look around and rain dance maggie were good tracks. So hard to live up to stadium arcadium tho.
    I am bored with the music RHCP has been putting out. Unless they come out with something cool or different, they're as good as retired to me. If the next crop's good then I shall stand corrected.
    something cool or different? How about, let them do what they want...which is over 20 years of being more cool and different than you ever could be.....
    Chad reminds me of Will Ferrell
    I have high hopes for this new album. I think Klinghoffer may really come into his own on it. I was overall pretty disappointed with IWY... but I saw them in Cleveland and he was spot on and during jams showed some nice work. That said I've had high hopes for everything since BSSM and have been let down every time. I remember the first few weeks I listened to OHM I hated it. But over the years it has become actually my favorite RHCP album after BSSM and UMPP. I got into californication a bit. It had some great songs. But guitar work was sub par. And everything since then has pretty much sucked. I will always consider myself a RHCP fan... but they are definitely a boring shell of what they used to be. Getting old sucks
    Sheesh, you have nothing good to say about By the Way and Stadium Arcadium? Frusciante was at his best on those records.
    If they condensed Stadium Arcadium into one album instead of two I'd be more inclined to agree with you
    stadium arcadium is one album, and a very good one at that. was there filler? sure! still great. back in the day there were these things called records and double albums... you must be very new.
    they really suck nowdays...californication was the last good album by them. the last one suck soo bad
    Get real. Their music is crap and every song is exactly the same. The whole album will take about 45 minutes to write.
    titles threads this guy has posted include: "Why am I such a crap guitar player?" ... points finger* "HAH HAH!"
    yawn (One Hot Minute > any of their new stuff)
    I really like Dave Navarro, but he did not do good work with the Chili Peppers AT ALL. There are a lot of people that bash on Josh Klinghoffer, but they sound better with him than they did with Navarro. Check out the things Josh did with Gnarls Barkley...it shows he understands that much older school Chili Pepper sound. Reminds me more of Hillel Slovak's style.
    I'd say he was different but his work with them was great. I still feel without One Hot Minute they wouldn't have made Californication. And it was Navarro's style that helped with that.
    I'm watching the Super Bowl right now and let me tell you this American Football is crap. Oh my God it is so boring. Chuck ball, catch ball, congratulate each other and have a rest for a couple of minutes whilst the ads are on. Then do it again. As for the Chilli Peppers, let us know when you have an album. I don't care that you may be thinking of getting together to maybe write a few songs. Oh look, someone ran for a bit so they're all having a rest again. It's no FA cup final is it!?
    Guns N' Chains
    Lol... Shame that that is the 1st game you watched (I am assuming). Far from a good "American Football" game. Seattle flat out embarrassed Denver. Give it another try some day. Its better than what you saw tonight.
    chili peppers kicked ass and so did the seahawks, and though it was the first time i ever sat through a full game, it was a great game for all the hype
    I hope that the new release stamps out im with you.. some decent tracks but the b sides from that album over shadow the actual album in my opi9nion. Take a listen go to triplej unearthed and search ultimundo its as close as youll get I reckon