Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced the final details surrounding the release of their new double album.
‘Stadium Arcadium’ will hit the shops on May 8 as the successor to 2002’s ‘By The Way’.
Originally conceived as a 38-song trilogy, ‘Stadium Arcadium’ will be a 24-track double LP with titles including the first single ‘Dani California’, which will precede the album.
Other songs set to feature are ‘Snow’, ‘Animal Bar’, ‘Wet Sand’, ‘Charlie’, ‘Desecration Smile’ and ‘Hard To Concentrate’.
Speaking to NME.COM about the title of the release, singer Anthony Kiedis said: “‘Stadium Arcadium’, in the end it has a very dreamlike feeling of we on Earth reflecting the cosmos on the heavens, and we on Earth reflecting it because that’s where our inspiration comes from. It’s more romance of sound or whatever retarded passions exist in your soul. It’s kind of a romantic affair.”
The LP also marks the first time the band have managed three consecutive records with the same line-up, following the return of guitarist John Frusciante to the fold for 1999’s ‘Californication’.
However, Kiedis refuted the suggestion that this means the band had fully conquered their demons.
“It feels great, and I hope it stays that way, but I wouldn’t say our troubles are all over. In some ways it’s good to hold on to a few of your demons… I don’t think our troubles are completely over. We’re a bit bent in the head and I think that serves us well.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers entered the studio last March with producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, [a]System Of A Down) to start work on ‘Stadium Arcadium’ and having played three shows at London’s Hyde Park eighteen months ago to a total of 300,000 people, the band plan to return to the UK for a tour later this year.