Red Hot Chili Peppers to Reunite, Begin Work on New Album
Published Jul 31, 2009If 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.