If Red Hot Chili Peppers' extended hiatus has been getting you down these days, here's some good news: the band plan to reunite in October to start working on new material.
As fans know all too well, RHCP decided to put the group on hold for a year a little while back, but that eventually grew into two years of dormancy. "Everybody was like, 'Y'know, I really like having this time off, not being a Chili Pepper and doing other things... It'll be two years in September, so now we're ready [to reform]," drummer Chad Smith told Billboard. "You can't force people to play when they don't want to play or aren't ready to play or whatever - not in our band, anyway."
Despite rumours that RHCP's MVP, guitarist John Frusciante, may not return to the group, Smith explained that Frusciante will be back in the line-up, as will Flea and singer Anthony Kiedis. Smith said he expected Frusciante and Flea to bring some fresh, new ideas to the RHCP table and that the band will likely "do a lot of improvising and jamming, and songs will come out of that, too. That's what we usually do. I don't know why it would be different."
However, Smith gave no indication of when fans can expect the follow-up to the group's last album, 2005's Stadium Arcadium, and RHCP "haven't talked about" who will produce the new record, though he hinted super-producer Rick Rubin would likely be back behind the boards.