There are some bands that just refuse to die, no matter what life throws at them; Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of these. Through drug addictions, death, and a fairly fluid line-up, the band have battled on, and are shortly due to release their tenth studio album in August 2011, titled ‘I’m With You’. The album is the first to be recorded with the band’s new guitar player Josh Klinghoffer. Josh – who had been in the band Warpaint as well as being the Chilis’ guitar tech – replaced John Frusciante, who left in 2009 to concentrate on other projects.
‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ was released on 18th July, and is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming Chilis’ album. But when the band were first working on the song, it barely registered as a B side. The first version of the song was mostly instrumental, and was over an hour long. Singer Anthony Kiedis took the track home and listened to it over and over again, convinced that they had made a dance number that would work as a B side. “As fate would have it, people heard it, and they were like, ‘Oh, that’s your best thing right there. That’s your best thing.’” he said to MTV News.
Recording ‘I’m With You’ was quite a different experience for the band, who were recording without John Frusciante for the first time in almost a decade. After John left the band in 2009, the Chilis took two years off to regroup and focus. “A big difference is having Josh Klinghoffer as our guitar player, because he’s a much different guitar player then John. It makes our band move in a completely different direction, you know?” said Flea in an interview with Stereogum.
“Our career has been a series of lives and deaths and rebirths,” he added. “So it’s just like a very … meaningful and rejuvenating rebirth for us.”
‘I’m With You’ will be released on 30 August. Head here to see how you could win the chance to see the band live in Paris, with Shazam!