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After ‘Stadium Arcadium’ leaks online

Red Hot Chili Peppers have been left broken hearted after their new double album ‘Stadium Arcadium’ was leaked online ahead of its official release on May 8.

Posting on the band’s official website, bassist Flea has revealed that learning of the leak has been a “bitter pill to swallow”.

“If you down load it now off one of these file sharing sites you will be getting a pale imitation of the record,” he said. “It will be of the poor sound quality of the technique they used to get it on there and that will break my heart, it will break John Frusciante‘s heart, it will break Anthony Kiedis‘ heart and it will break the heart of Chad Smith.”

He added: “Yes, we worked for a year and a half to make the epic record of our lives and it is sad to me for the business reasons of course. I think we are selling something really cool and we put all we had into it, 28 songs, 2 hours of the best that we can offer and I think it is a fair deal for everyone.

“For people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some asshole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me.”

However, in the lengthy posting, Flea explained that the worst thing about ‘Stadium Arcadium’ being available on filesharing sites is the inferior quality of the internet versions.

“The thing that really bums me out is we worked so hard, and so thoughtfully, all of us, for so long to make this record sound as warm and full from top to bottom as was possible,” he said. “We spent day and night for a year making sure every little sound was just right, that they were all put together in the most beautiful way we could.

“I can not put in words how much this record, ‘Stadium Arcadium’, means to us, how sacred the sound of it is to us, and how many sleepless nights and hardworking days we all had thinking about how to make it be the best sounding thing we could and now, for someone to take it and put it out there with this poor sound quality it is a painful pill for us to swallow.”

Signing off the message, Flea urged fans to “let (your conscience) be your guide)” over whether they choose to illegally download the album, adding: “To take a version that has been defiled sound wise, a version in which some idiot has taken our year and a half of soul baring work and pissed all over it – that will break our hearts.”

Meanwhile, to celebrate the official release of ‘Stadium Arcadium’, Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced details of their summer North American tour.

The band will play:

Portland Rose Garden (August 11)

Boise Taco Bell Arena (15)

Salt Lake City Delta Center (16)

Denver Pepsi Center (18)

Phoenix Glendale Arena (21)

San Diego iPay One Sports Arena (22)

Oakland Arena (24)

Fresno Selland Arena (27)

Vancouver GM Place (September 14)

Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome (16)

Edmonton Rexall Place (17)

Saskatoon Saskatchewan (19)

Winnipeg MTS Centre (20)

Toronto Air Canada Center (25)

Montreal Bell Centre (28)

Quebec City Pepsi Collisee (October 1)

New York Continental Airline Arena (17-18)

Boston TD Bank North Garden (20)

Albany Pepsi Arena (21)

Philadelphia Wachovia Center (23-24)

Atlanta Gwinnett (26)

New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience (28)

Columbus Schottenstein Center (30)

Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena (31)

Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena (November 2)

Detroit Palace Of Auburn Hills (3)

St Paul Xcel Arena (5)