New Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith had a recent sit down with Music Radar and told them that the Peppers are going to begin work on their new album starting in July.  Smith says the band has been working on new stuff since last October and that they’ll be heading into the studio in July for pre-production with their long time producer Rick Rubin.  As for the departure of guitarist John Frusciante,  and on his replacement Josh Klinghoffer, Chad says:

We’re all thrilled to have Josh be part of the group now. He’s been a friend of ours for a long time. He’s played with us, he’s played with John – he’s a real natural fit.

“Josh is a real creative force. He’s going to play guitar, he’s going to write music, he’s going to sing and play keyboards. The guy is amazing. And the great thing is, we didn’t have to go through that whole dating phase that happens sometimes and winds up weird. It’s not like we held these open auditions and got in somebody who we had to figure out. We know what Josh can do and we’re excited.”

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