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06 March 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Our Hearts Are In It, And So It Feels Right”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have spoken about the making of their new album, Unlimited Love (out 1 April) and the return of guitarist John Frusciante in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine.

Frusciante spoke about the feeling of returning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The beauty of playing with this band is that we really do love listening to each other. I love hearing the way they make me sound. We have a chemical effect on each other. We bring things out of each other that we can’t bring out of ourselves. The way I play guitar with them is a style I can’t play on my own. The chance to make another record like that has meant everything to me. We’re all just glad this is happening right now. Our hearts are in, and so it feels right.”

Bassist Flea sang the praises of his bandmate, “John Frusciante is the best musician I’ve ever played with. It’s in everything, from the little details to the big picture. His relationship to music is so pure and has so much integrity and knowledge and work and practice. Every note he plays is born of this immense heart. It’s so beautiful… I don’t tell him that.”

The band also discussed their early days, with Flea talking about their stance on their peers, “We were definitely against the hair-metal scene. We were like, ‘F*** them. We’re the underground, art-rock, get-weird east side guys; those guys are just rehashing Aerosmith and KISS.’ In retrospect it was all petty bulls***. A lot of those bands were f****** great. Guns N’ Roses was a great band.”

Frontman Anthony Kiedis added: “We were a party band, but you have to bring something to the party.

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