Red Hot Chili Peppers excited to launch “balls out” new chapter says Chad Smith

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has hailed the “special chemistry” that exists within the group with John Frusciante back in the fold and says that the LA quartet will return with “balls out” with their “different and new” twelfth album.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Smith speaks with great warmth about the 51-year-old guitarist, whose return for a third stint with the Los Angeles funk-rock group was announced in December 2019. The drummer says that the reunited band’s first album since 2016’s The Getaway is “almost done” and that Frusciante is “working hard” to add finishing touches to what will be his sixth album with the band he first joined in 1988.

“He’s so dedicated,” says Smith. “He’s so into it. He’s working so hard. We’re all working hard, but he’s in there with all the overdubs and the magic that he brings.”

“Look, John hasn’t been in our group in 10 years. That’s a long time. So of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great. We really like it and we’re proud of it and it has to start there.”

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