1999's 'Californication' is still picking up awards, but the band are itching to bash out some new tunes...

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are planning to begin work on the follow up to last year’s ‘CALIFORNICATION early in 2001.

Following last week’s My VH1 Awards ceremony at which the band scooped two awards, bassist Flea told Reuters that the band hope to head into the studio during February. And though they haven’t

decided on a producer, Flea insisted Rick Rubin would be involved at some level. “He’s actually been like an angel in my life,” he said. “I love him.” Rubin has worked on the previous three Chili Pepper records.”


Flea added: “We always go on different projects that we do with no plan or anything like that… We feel like if we try to plan on

something that it can never be as great as the spontaneity that happens, because that’s really where the magic of music is at.”

Flea has also recently worked alongside the legendary Herbie Hancock on the soundtrack to ‘Traffic’, a forthcoming film by director Steven Soderbergh.

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