Red Hot Chili Peppers: 'Nick Cave is the greatest living songwriter'

Funk survivors reveal the Bad Seeds singer constantly inspires them

Red Hot Chili Peppers: 'Nick Cave is the greatest living songwriter'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed that they believe Nick Cave is "the greatest living songwriter" and are constantly inspired by him.

Speaking to the Guardian, the band reveal that they also take inspiration from classical composter Stravinsky in their work ethic, despite all the money they've made.

Bassist Flea said:

Creativity waxes and wanes. We're very lucky. We've made bunches of fucking money. We could be sat on the beach eating burritos, but even when we're pissed off with each other we sit in a room and work. Igor Stravinsky sat at his piano every fucking day. Some days it was rubbish and his wife was chewing his ear off – but he stuck at it. The same thing goes for Nick Cave, the greatest living songwriter. He goes to work! Every day. And that's what we do.



The band release their 10th studio album 'I'm With You' a week on Monday (August 29). The album is their first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who revealed he is still anxious about playing live with the band.

He said:

I've known the guys for a decade and this is what I've wanted to do for my whole life. Although, if I think about the hugeness of it all, it triggers my anxiety.



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