Coming straight off the back off their recent South American tour and starting their European tour, one of the most successful acts in rock history, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are finally returning to the UK and Ireland after more than five years away. Cue mass excitement for fans as the group plays nine UK dates with a whopping three sold out London shows in November. This follows the release of their highly anticipated new album ‘I’m With You’ (released on the 29th August this year), the bands tenth studio album that soared straight to number one in the album charts. This echoes the footsteps of the Peppers’ previous album triumph ‘Stadium Arcadium’ (2006) that spawned three Number One modern rock hits.
The Los Angeles quartet formed 28 years ago, and has been through a myriad of lineup changes since their conception – the band currently consists of singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Since then they have sold more than 60 million albums world wide, including five multi-platinum LPs. Surely some of this band’s success has to be down to not just amazing songs, but Rick Rubin, who has been producing the Red Hot Chili Peppers albums since 1991 and been doing a fine job of it too.
The first single off the new album, ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’, is the band’s first single to be released in over four years, with another new release coming in mid-November. So there’s plenty of excitement and anticipation surrounding the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – and of course, SCAN will be heading off to one of the Manchester shows to bring you pictures and a review. What else would you expect?
Don’t worry Red Hot Chili Pepper fans; there will be another chance to see the band live again in the UK. The Peppers will take to the stage at Knebworth Park in Stevenage (23/06/12), the Stadium of Light in Sunderland (24/06/12) and Croke Park in Dublin (26/06/12) for a series of open-air concerts, which in my experience are significantly better than an indoor venue, even if the weather is atrocious.