David Bowie repeatedly rejected Red Hot Chili Peppers’ collaboration offer

Brian Eno has turned down the band eight times

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has revealed how David Bowie turned down the chance to work with his band on more than one occasion.

It was recently reported that Bowie rejected an offer from Coldplay to work together and now, as Consequence Of Sound points out, he did the same to Red Hot Chili Peppers too.

Kiedis was a guest on the Joney’s Jukebox radio show this week when he revealed the news.


He recalled: “Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion. ‘Who should we get to produce this record?’, ‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’ ‘Let’s get David Bowie!’ ‘Okay, let’s call him.'”


“So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say ‘no’, respectfully. Then later we would write long emails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear [RHCP drummer] Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”

“We asked him to produce [2002 album] ‘By the Way’… and then we asked him again for our next record, which was [2006 LP] ‘Stadium Arcadium’. He said no to us two or three times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no eight times.”

Following the music icon’s death earlier this month (January 10), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea got a Bowie tattoo in his honour.