Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers has offered fans an update from the studio as the band record their new album.
The US band are taking time out from making their 11th studio record to perform at a charity gig in aid of Silverlake Conservatory of Music on Saturday night (October 17). Red Hot Chili Peppers will open the show with a short acoustic set before performances from Kamasi Washington and headliner John Legend.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the upcoming gig, Kiedis said the difficult part for him will be not playing new material. “The torture about doing this [show] is that we’ve been writing new music for the last year, and we’ve written some songs that I feel are as good as any songs we’ve ever written. We’re just dying to play the new songs — but we can’t, because every single human has a recording device on them at all times.”
Producer Danger Mouse is working with the band on their new songs. “He’s very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he’ll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials,” Kiedis says. “Which is a beautiful place to be.”
Late last year Kiedis’ bandmate Flea confirmed Red Hot Chili Peppers are recording a new album and described it as “super danceable”.
Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer of the band previously revealed that the Chili Peppers spent a year in the studio without a producer.
In May 2014, Chad Smith also spoke about the early stages of writing the album.