I’ve seen this kicking around the web without credit but I think it was originally posted by David Mushegain on the 4th February.
I’ve seen this kicking around the web without credit but I think it was originally posted by David Mushegain on the 4th February.
Last night (Friday 5th February) Anthony Kiedis and the Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first live gig of the year- it was a benefit concert for a US presidential candidate, Bernie Saunders- at the Theater connected to the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. It wasn’t a full concert and apparently there were massive problems with the sound according to my friend who was there.
Anthony has a new jacket?
Factory of Faith
Nobody Weird Like Me
Around the World
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Me and My Friends
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Cracked Actor (David Bowie Cover)
By The Way
(If you Have to Ask) although on the set list, this was apparently not played.
Give It Away
There are loads more images on AP Images but I can’t link to them.
An 18 minute video which is shot next to the stage starting with Bernie Saunders speaking and going into Can’t Stop, Factory of Faith and Nobody Weird Like Me.
And a 13 minute video starting near the end of Otherside
These are all taken very close to the stage:
From the Balcony:
Update: videos are now appearing on Youtube- sorry if there are duplicates but I’m losing track here!!!
Many thanks to the people who posted videos (please let me know if there is an issue sharing them) and my super detective team who were messaging me and phoning from LA! Great wake-up call hehehe
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing a political fundraiser concert on Friday 5th February at the ‘Theatre’ at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Ticket sales will go toward Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
UPDATE: Apparently, the tickets have actually sold out already despite news sites saying tickets didn’t go on sale until the day of the concert. The venue has posted this on their Facebook page:
UPDATED: Full radio interview HERE
Anthony Kiedis was interviewed on 95.5 KLOS today (the interview has just ended as I’m writing this) on a show called Jonesy’s Jukebox.
There’s a short video from the interview on Facebook from the radio station.
This is a brief paraphrase of the interview- the best I could do with my typing skills! Will leave it here even though full interview is out now in case anyone finds having a written version easier to use.
[Details from my friend who was messaging me on Facebook but I didn’t see it!]
During the first couple of minutes, Anthony’s microphone was quiet, so they were trying to fix that and then Anthony told a funny story about being at the doctor’s office last week and that the two young male nurses told him he looks exactly like Sonny Bono. Anthony said, “I know I have the moustache, but that’s about it!” And the interviewer told him he doesn’t see the resemblance either, and that he looks more like Cher to which Anthony was something like: “Yeah, you should see me in a body suit, then it really shows.”
He also asked Anthony if he works out and he said no, that he just runs, surfs and has a 8 year old son who keeps him in shape
From when I joined… [Another friend called me on Skype and was playing it online from her car radio! I then saw the other messages one of which had the link and swapped over!]
Anthony Kiedis was discussing getting his Harley worked on and how he borrowed a BMW bike while it was happening and that he “can’t get off it now”. A discussion about the actual bike type (said like a police bike but they couldn’t agree on the type)
Talked about Todd Rundgren (produced a song that was played which led to the conversation) leading to a weird chat about phrases you could use in place of words. They mentioned The Beatles/ George Harrison I think and ‘Yellow Submarine’ (zoned out at that point as I HATE that song and all things Beatles as a result of its awfulness blighting my childhood!!!). Think he might have said Everly Bear liked it. Then Anthony Kiedis told a story about Henry Rollins squeezing the sweat out of his songs after being on stage into a cup to drink…. Asked if did the same with his underwear… AK said he might squeeze out Blondie’s underwear! And said yes to doing it with Joan Jett if he got the chance. Then lead into a chat about Siouxsie Banshee (can’t remember the details as the interviewer was droning on….)
[Songs; now caught up and sat writing this down]
Talking about the guitarist on the song… played with Bowie. Led to Bowie chat; Kiedis “phenomenally grateful” that he “had him as part of his experience.” Talked about Bowie smoking; interviewer asked Anthony if he smoked and he said he gave up about 15 years ago (interviewer said did the same about the same time using hypnosis and Anthony Kiedis joking that the hypnosis must have worked for him as well and it was free). David Bowie was one of his all times favourite and he was lucky to meet him a couple of times. Said asked him to produce for RHCP a couple of times but he always “respectfully declined”. For 2 minutes they would be heartbroken and then he would hear Chad Smith play drums and he would get over it. Asked Bowie to produce for ‘By The Way’ and ‘Stadium Arcadium’. But his mate Emo has said no 8 times…
Asked about meditating… said Rick Rubin meditates leading to a discussion about Rick and if he’s good as a producer. Anthony Kiedis said thinks he’s an amazing producer and the best record they made was the first record they made with him.
Interviewer asked if they fancy a change of producer this time? “We always fancy a change. Feel like we owe us something new.” They had chat and decided to try to someone from Gnarls Barkley…. Dangermouse. Asked about how the album was progressing and replied, “we’re in the home stretch. I sung yesterday”. And that he now has a week off. “I love the experience; it turned out to be the sickest love.” We had written 2 dozen songs before we got into the studio with Dangermouse and thought we were all set but he wanted to write some more and they decided to humour the new guy and ended up writing all new songs. Do you like the process of recording and touring and recording? Anthony Kiedis said at a certain point he gets so sick of being on tour and wants to go home and write… and then wants to go out on tour with the new album. “Beautiful cycle and I’m grateful for it”.
[Songs & advert]
Talking about the show sponsor (a law firm) and if real.
Bernie Sanders… (seems to be the point of Anthony Kiedis being on this radio show- so he could promote their concert). Anthony Kiedis said that in the beginning of the presidential candidate madness (then his phone rang and he explained how he hates ringing phones and normally has it on silent but he’s got problems with the settings right now) stood out as being “honest, likeable and human” so they decided to do a benefit if he made it far enough and he did hence the show on 5th February. It’s being held in an old movie theatre attached to the Ace Hotel and will hold about 1500. Is it a fundraiser? Anthony Kiedis said they offered to pay for the hotel costs but Bernie said no as he doesn’t want to be beholden to anyone. Anthony Kiedis doesn’t think Sanders is in it for personal gain. Saying they think it will be a miracle if he wins as corporal America doesn’t like him. Asked if they think the actual president makes a difference under the current system- Anthony Kiedis said not overall. Interviewer asks. “Let’s say Hilary Clinton, would she be called the ‘Presidentress’?” (as in actress). So discussing that- saying cool to have a woman as president but that he prefers Bernie to Hilary personally. Talked about a movie (missed title but Anthony Kiedis not seen it). Then talking about Montsanto- saying they passed a law saying they would never be held accountable and got it passed. Then back to female world leaders (naming a couple) before chatting about the place the winner of a competition came from.
[Song: Univerally Speaking by RHCP …and another one by T Rex)
Mentioned the songs played; RHCP song Anthony Kiedis said “ Not familiar but alright” J Then talked about a couple of festivals they are playing and Stevie Wonder playing them- people preferring Stevie Wonder to RHCP. Anthony Kiedis said they covered one of his songs, called him up and asked him to come down to the video- started cursing like a truck driver in his beautiful accent! Then chatting about swearing. Interviewer asks “The show Californication and your song; what came first?” Anthony Kiedis said their record and that it was annoying. Thinks should have just run it past the band but they let it go. And then they started to come out with CDs called Californication which they didn’t think was “friendly” and then they “squashed the beef [?]”. Talking about the interviewer being a producer and in Californication himself and then it wrapped up.
Many thanks to Angra and my other friend for their help tonight!
As I type, Anthony is being interviewed on radio… was just talking about his Harley and how he borrowed a BMW bike which he loves…
Listen here: http://player.listenlive.co/24591
Many thanks to my lovely friends who were messaging me and phoning me on Skype!!
Finally! After having friends look everywhere in the US for this, the whole interview has been posted online (I’d still love a hard copy though!).
Citizens of Humanity Full Anthony Kiedis interview with photographs
HUMANITY: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, your sound, your style—everything is so L.A. What does it mean to be an L.A. native? What do you love about L.A.?
ANTHONY KIEDIS: Well, it depends on your definition of a native. I was born in the state of Michigan and actually selected L.A. as my city of choice at 11 years old. After coming out here to visit my father in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I kind of weighed the cultural experiences between the Midwest and the West Coast. I was really enchanted. Los Angeles put a spell on me as a kid with its energy, and I think it does that to people. There’s something about the desert, the electricity, the palm trees—just the promise that anything is possible. That hit me like a ton of bricks, and by 1973 I made my way to L.A., which was a completely different animal at that time relative to 2015. But there is that thread that it hasn’t lost, which is, this is where you come to explore your dream; whether or not the dream comes true, you fail miserably or somewhere in between, or you find another dream you didn’t even know was waiting for you, that thread maintains. I give credit to the enchanting vibe of this place, the inherent nature of Los Angeles and its valley, its mountains, its desert and its coyotes. It’s kind of a magical trickery.
HUMANITY: What do you think has changed? What do you miss?
AK: The things that I miss are kind of at an energetic level and they have to do with things moving at a different pace, where you can pay closer attention to your own thoughts and the things that are going on around you. When I first came here it was slower and more psychedelic. The atmosphere, the air, the streets, the walking, the skateboarding, the colors, the fashion, the music—everything moved at a pace where you could kind of take it in, contemplate and create; it was a more natural, organic interaction with yourself and things around you.
HUMANITY: What have been the lessons of fatherhood?
AK: Whoa! I’m right in the middle of that book, so more will be revealed, but … I guess one thing it’s taught me is that I never really knew what love was all about until I had a son. I was in love with all kinds of different things, but I never knew what that deepest, most sacrificial, unconditional, to-die-for love was really all about. I would do anything, give anything for the betterment of his experience. It’s taught me to care less about myself and more about someone else. The ongoing lessons are things like patience and not being judgmental and full of expectations, like: “Oh, I want him to turn out this way,” or I want him to be this or to be that. You kind of have to just see where he’s going and try to help him with that. It’s so hilarious, because we grew up on the other side of that dynamic, just wondering what our parents were tripping about all the time—“Why are they so hypersensitive and care so much?” And then you get to fatherhood and you understand.
HUMANITY: When a parent has the kind of success that you have had it can really add a lot of pressure. How do you not let your success overshadow him?
AK: That’s a great question. I guess it has to do with the way you act around your kid. I try to show him all sides of life and let him know where I come from. From the very beginning I let him know that whatever he wants in life he has to earn, because if I give it to him it’s not going to mean anything. And I think, even though he’s only 8 years old, he’s slowly starting to understand that it’s all about working for what you have, working for your experience, in order to enjoy and appreciate it and feel accomplished and fulfill your dreams. I never wanted to be one of those parents who just spoils; that doesn’t allow my son to go have his own trials, tribulations, failures, experiments and journeys of self. It’s totally on me to provide that. I think I’m also kind of lucky, because he was born his own person, like whenever I try to get him to do what I like to do, he’ll say: “Dad, that’s your thing, that’s not my thing. I want to do my thing.” So far he feels no pressure. It’s so unfair when children feel like they have to live up to something. They don’t have to live up to shit, they just have to live their own lives.
HUMANITY: You’ve been so open about your battles with addiction, and presumably addiction is hereditary. Is it ever scary for you to think about—that this may be a battle for Everly?
AK: It crosses my mind from time to time, but it’s not one of those weird lingering worries that I have. Every now and then I see a kid struggling with addiction, and I know their parents had struggled with addiction, and that will be interesting to see where Everly goes with that. But I don’t think it’s a guarantee that a child gets that particular gene. It’s kind of the luck of the draw. He’s chosen such a bizarre combination of his mother and father’s genes so far that I feel like it’s a real 50-50 whether or not he’ll end up dealing with addiction. I think he’ll grow up in a world where he’s not surrounded by addictive behavior, or addictively inspired dysfunctional behavior, so hopefully he has kind of a strong emotional basis to begin with, a solid family and emotional foundation to fall back on. If it happens, it would be difficult but like many bridges, I’ll cross that one when I get to it.
HUMANITY: It’s pretty well documented the relationship you had with your father, and what you were exposed to at a young age. What are some of the lessons you learned that you’re applying in your relationship with your son? And then on the flipside, the relationship you had with your mom was definitely more traditional. Talk about that balance, and what you’re applying that you learned from them to parenthood.
AK: I’m such a different person at this point in my life than my father was when he was raising me, but there are still tons of similarities. For example, I’m a single father, so it’s just my son and me living under this roof. However, he was just very wrapped up in his own lifestyle when I was young and impressionable. He had very creative interests, but I think it’s about what not to share with a young person. He wasn’t able to slow down and contemplate how fragile a young heart can be. It was too much too soon. Me raising my son is a wildly different experience. We live in the countryside, we wake up next to the ocean, we do homework together in the morning, we exercise together, we go for long walks together. It’s kind of this other-end-of-the-spectrum experience compared with my own childhood. And my son seems to love it. He really thrives on it—he thrives on the fresh air, the ocean, the trees and all this stuff I did not grow up around. I always thought he would want to have a place in the city, and he says: “Why would I? It’s so great out here!” I still introduce him to some things my father introduced me to but live more of the reliable life that my mother offered me. In retrospect, if I look at my mother, she went to work every single day of her life. She’s so together and she just inspires me. She travels the world and takes care of her loved ones, whereas my father was much more that hippie, free-flowing, maybe-I’ll-work-maybe-I-won’t but was part of a lot of great experiences. And my stepfather was probably the most honest and caring person that I’ve ever known. He died very young, but his influence on my family is visible every single day. So I guess I’m trying to give Everly a little combo platter.
HUMANITY: What do you think the difference has been this last time—why has sobriety stuck for you now?
AK: It’s been a complicated run for me. As soon as I got introduced to the concept of getting well from an addiction I loved it, because I had done this using thing to death, so when I got offered a solution, I jumped all over it years ago. But you know, it takes work and dedication, and after five years I ended up relapsing, kind of going in and out for the next five years, and that’s fucked up. So when I finally got back into it in 2000, I loved being sober, so I embraced it and I realized I have to do some things differently than I did the previous time. I made little adjustments and I tried to surround myself with like-minded people, so that I have constant reminders that the more energy I put into that, I get back 100-fold.
HUMANITY: You said something that stuck with me, that when you first went to rehab you’d see all these people that looked so different on the outside from you, but you’re actually able to see yourself in every one. And it helps with finding compassion—it’s a simple idea, to have compassion for someone else, but a rare practice.
AK: My ability to actually experience compassion comes and goes. There could be part of the day where somebody passed me up on the PCH and I’m like, “I’m going to teach them a lesson.” Something idiotic and chaotic like that. Or if I just slow down a little bit and get into that mindset that I don’t know what that person is going through. If you just pretend like everybody out there is a family member, it’s really hard to go to that place where you’re like: “I’m going to get you.” It’s about checking yourself and slowing down a little bit. I go to meetings, so I can slow down and listen to the story of somebody else. Maybe a 21-year-old girl who’s been shooting dope for the last two years of her life and is in complete hell and lost herself and then she gets a week clean and she’s in a meeting sharing about not being able to find a vein in her neck. And I’m like, yes, I do remember that desperation. That’s no good. I now feel connected to this person because I see and feel the suffering in the fact that I got one little glimpse of not having to live like that today, in this little 24-hour segment. So my life kind of depends on showing up and listening to other people’s experiences, and maybe that gives me an opportunity to actually feel a moment of true compassion. It’s work.
HUMANITY: How has your creative process changed over the years?
AK: It’s strikingly similar in many ways. There are so many different stages that I have to try and be available in the creative process. We’ll have band practice and improvise—I listen and kind of lose myself and find melody and find rhythm in the moment. Then there’s the songwriting process, where the guys will give me an instrumental recording and I have to sit with that music. Then there’s the part where you’re just in the car and you get an idea, and you have to pull over and work on the idea because that idea might never come again. You’re on an airplane, or a train, whatever—whenever you feel that little tiny cloud moving through you that has some energy and some ideas. One thing I learned is to seize that, because you can say: “Oh, I’ll remember that!” Sometimes I’m out there waiting for waves to come and I’ll get a great idea or a mediocre idea or maybe a couple of melodies that string together, and I’ll sit there and try to sing it over and over a hundred times so that I won’t forget. And then I get into my car; I’ll break out the phone and record it. That part has changed, being able to record everything on your cell phone is different than it was 25 years ago, when you had to have a funky little tape recorder with you wherever you went. I’m a morning writer—I get up in the morning, clear the house out and get out my notebooks and my pencils and my CDs and my boom box and I’ll just sit there and write. I find that the more regimented I can be in putting a few hours of work in every day, the more benefits I reap when it comes to writing good songs. It’s like a painter that forces himself to paint every day, just hoping that could be the day it happens. I believe to be good you have to work hard. It’s the same with Flea; he practices constantly. He’s been playing bass his whole life, but he’s no good unless he practices every day.
HUMANITY: Do you ever feel pressure about getting older and still being a relevant musician?
AK: Pressure, no. Aware that it’s difficult to maintain relevance, yes. I’m hyper aware of that. We don’t have that pressure to be the next cool thing, because we’re never going to be the next cool thing. We’ve done that. I pay attention to my favorite songwriters, and they’re way smarter and way better at writing songs than I could ever be. You know, like Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Randy Newman are all just phenomenally gifted singers and songwriters; however, none of them have really been able to create real greatness in their older years compared to what they were doing in their 20s and 30s. And I always wondered, “Why?” They’re still talented, they’re still smart, they’re still in love with music; they haven’t given up in any way, shape or form, but they’re not writing songs like they used to. Every now and then they’ll stumble upon a gem, and their live shows are still incredible. I guess it’s a cycle—it’s almost impossible to write music that crushes and touches people’s hearts in that way once you’ve made it. Once you can afford a house, another house over there and another over there, it’s like that weird fine line of comfort changing you. You look back at the lifestyle of all these people back when they were writing songs that you and I will go sing later today while we’re driving around in our car, and they weren’t that comfortable. And it’s just, how do you stay great and relevant and interesting and as good as you used to be when you’re that comfortable and have other responsibilities and distractions? It’s hard. But it gives me hope when I hear a Paul McCartney song that he did in the last couple of years that reminds me of who he is deep down inside. Not that he’s got anything to prove—he’s already given the world more great songs than anybody else I can think of, but it makes me happy that he’s still able to do it.
HUMANITY: It must be a hard thing to stay humble and grounded. I read in your book about the importance of going to AA meetings and stacking chairs afterward—surprised me that you do that …
AK: Humble and grounded some days, and then some days arrogant and up in the clouds. The chair stacking is more meaningful, more powerful, more relevant, more life saving than you could ever imagine. I’m laughing because my commitment is stacking the chairs, and I cannot tell you the amount of satisfaction I get from those chairs—that’s my single-minded purpose for this evening, making sure that those chairs are stacked. It’s just being of service, being one of the wolves in the pack. It’s being present for myself and for somebody else. It’s all work in progress. I have good days where I’m connected to my humility and it feels amazing, and I have other days where I just cannot find my humility and I walk around expecting the world to fall at my feet. And that’s no fun.
HUMANITY: Do you have a mantra?
AK: I do lean heavily on the desire to be a kind person. Which takes work for me, because I can be confrontational, and I can be full of myself, but I do have the sneaking suspicion that at the end of it all, when everybody stops, the degree of your kindness is really going to be the thing that shapes your next experience. That’s what I’d like to attain within my active and silent mantra.
HUMANITY: What’s happiness to you?
AK: I find happiness in the simplest, littlest things ever. It’s nothing to do with grandiosity but everything to do with simplicity. For instance, holding my boy this morning—doesn’t get any better than that. That’s my happiness. Watching the sun come up, that’s my happiness. Being on my surfboard, touching the surface of the ocean, that’s my happiness. Popping in a CD with the new song my band’s been working on, that’s my happiness. Calling my father, hearing his voice on the phone, getting excited about calling him, that’s my happiness. Reading a book for my son at dinner, that’s my happiness. It’s kind of everywhere, all around me, if I’m right with myself. If I’m wrong with myself, I’m not finding it anywhere.
HUMANITY: What are you most thankful for?
AK: What am I thankful for? Everything. It’s all a gift, it’s all happening for a reason and I’m thankful for all of it. I complain about it: I got sick two weeks ago, and I never get sick. I was so pissed off—I can’t surf, I can’t sing, I’m achy. But now I’m thankful I had two weeks to think about this. Two weeks of not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I just slowed down, chilled out, stayed home with Everly, worked on lyrics. So in retrospect maybe I needed to get sick. I’m thankful for everything.
Thank you to my friends who sent me the link to this!
Anthony Kiedis attended the Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2016 Fall Presentation on January 12th in Los Angeles.
Photos are on Rex Photos
(Thanks to my friend for the heads up on this!)
I posted a couple of days ago to say that Anthony Kiedis was on the cover of ‘Citizens of Humanity’ magazine. It was confirmed yesterday that there is an accompanying interview and then these photos were posted a few hours ago by Scott Lipps on his Facebook page.
(Once/if we get scans or better photos, I will post them. I have friends in the US looking for it and trying to get copies so hopefully we’ll get something soon. Thanks to my friend again for the link)
Photos of Anthony Kiedis with a mystery blonde woman at the LA Lakers game on January 10th have been posted on Getty Images.
(Sorry am playing catch up again so it’s a couple of days late.)
I read that Anthony Kiedis had been photographed for Citizens of Humanity a while back but no photograph had surfaced. However, it’s been released today and Anthony is on one of the covers of their current magazine (Issue N08)- the issue features two covers; one of Anthony and the other of Yoko Ono.
If anyone can get the magazine, could you please confirm if Anthony Kiedis is just on the cover (the blurb accompanying the photo doesn’t say there is an interview but as he’s on the cover it might be a given)?
Scans/ a copy of the magazine (will pay for the magazine and postage through PayPal if anyone could kindly get me a copy) would be really appreciated! Thanks.
Many thanks to my friend or the link.