As reported Ultimate Classic Rockthe bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleahas expressed regret for his band’s attitude towards other groups when they first started out in the 1980s.
The artist affirms that both he and his companions displayed “some arrogance” Regarding the Californian bands, more specifically from the Hollywood area, with which they competed at that time. Flea has highlighted, above all, Guns N’ Roses as one of the bands that did not deserve such disrespect from him.
“We were definitely against the hair-metal scene.Flea told Classic Rock magazine. “We were like: ‘Fuck them. We’re the east side underground guys who do art-rock, and they’re just a rehash of Kiss and Aerosmith’. In hindsight, it was embarrassing and shitty behavior. All those bands were very good, Guns N’ Roses is a great group”.
Flea is clear that both he and the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers could be ego: “There was a certain arrogance. ‘Screw it to the world, screw it to the system, screw it to authority, screw it to power, it’s us and we’re doing our thing, that of the street kids. We’re going to be tough and wild.”
The band’s lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, says, however, that his confident attitude also helped Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed: “We didn’t realize there was more to it than just selling tickets at clubs and making people happy by being original. We were a party band, but you have to bring something to the party. Flea was paramount saying: ‘We have to be good, we have to write new shit, we have to have something to excite those people. We are always loaded”.
Loaded with songs goes ‘Unlimited Love’which will be the 12th album of the band, now reunited with John Frusciante, which will be released on April 1.
The new Red Hot Chili Peppers album -the first with Frusciante since ‘Stadium Arcadium’ from 2006– has been produced by Rick Rubin, who has already worked on ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ (1991), ‘Californication’ (1999), ‘By The Way’ (2002) and the previously mentioned ‘Stadium Arcadium’.
About the new album the band says the following: “Our only goal is to lose ourselves in the music. We – John, Anthony, Chad and Flea – have spent hundreds of hours, collectively and individually, perfecting our craft and showing it to each other to make the best album we could. With our antennas tuned to the divine cosmos, we were so grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together and once again try to improve. We spend days, weeks and months listening to each other, composing, freely improvising and arranging the fruit of those improvisations with great care and purpose. The sounds, the rhythms, the vibrations, the words and the melodies had us spellbound.”.
“We long to shine a light on the world, to uplift, connect and unite people. Every song on our new album ‘Unlimited Love’ is a facet of us, reflecting our vision of the universe. This is the mission of our life. We work, focus and prepare so that when the biggest wave comes, we are ready to ride it. The ocean has given us a powerful wave and this album is the ride that is the sum of our lives. Thank you for listening to it, we hope you enjoy it.”
For his part, Frusciante has said the following: “When we started writing material, we started playing old songs by people like Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, The Kinks, The New York Dolls, Richard Barrett and others. Little by little, we came up with more ideas, turning improvisations into songs, and after a couple of months we were already playing the new material. The feeling of fun that we have had playing other people’s songs has been maintained while we were writing. To me, this record represents our love for – and faith in – each other.”
The songs that are part of ‘Unlimited Love’ are:
02. Here Ever After
03. Aquatic Mouth Dance
04. Not The One
05. Poster Child
06. The Great Apes
07. It’s Only Natural
08. She’s A Lover
09. These Are The Ways
10. Whatchu Thinkin’
11. Bastards Of Light
12. White Braids & Pillow Chair
13. One Way Traffic
15. Let ‘Em Cry
16.The Heavy Wing
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Flea laments Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘arrogance’ with Guns N’ Roses: ‘It was embarrassing’
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