Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Album Delayed by California Fires

The band were forced to evacuate the house where they were working on their next LP

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 17, 2019

Red Hot Chili Peppers have been plotting a new album, but it looks as if it's going to take a little longer than expected, since their progress was halted by the fires that devastated California late last year.

Drummer Chad Smith revealed the news on Volume West, the SiriusXM talk show he co-hosts. He said of the new RHCP album:

We started to work on it — which, for us, is just getting in a room and making some noise, putting some notes together — and then the fires came. And the house where we were working in was smoke-damaged. It didn't burn down, but we couldn't get back in there. So that halted our [progress].

Red Hot Chili Peppers recently played a couple of shows, including a benefit concert for those affected by the fires (where St. Vincent covered their song "Breaking the Girl"). Smith described the gig as "kind of a warm-up show."

Hopefully the band will have time to get back to work on their next album, since they will be a bit preoccupied with tour dates in the next couple of months. They've got shows in Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Japan booked for 2019 — see the dates here

Speaking of new RHCP music, funk legend George Clinton recently hinted that he and bassist Flea had discussed collaborating together once again.

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