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Red Hot Chili Peppers disband for at least a year

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Story by Jack Foley

THE RED Hot Chili Peppers have disbanded for at least a year in order to re-charge their batteries, according to lead singer Anthony Kiedis.

The revelation was made in an interview with US Rolling Stone magazine, in which Kiedis said that they had collectively decided to take a break following the “gruelling, long haul” involved in putting Stadium Arcadium together.

“We were all emotionally and mentally zapped at the end of that run,” he explained. “Cooler heads prevailed and the discussion at the end of our last tour was: ‘Let’s not do anything Red Hot Chili Peppers-related for a minimum of one year, and just live and breathe and eat and learn new things’.”

As a result, Kiedis himself got to hang out with his family – having only recently become a father – while Flea has been teaching himself new stuff and John Frusciante has been “firing away on his own, making different solo projects”.

Chad Smith, meanwhile, has joined a jazz band and travelled to Japan.

Chili Peppers fans need not fear any disbandment becoming permanent, however, as Kiedis admitted that he is just starting to get “just a little bit of a tingle that it would be nice to start thinking about songs and pieces of music”. Although, at this point, there are “just pieces”.

And he hasn’t been able to distance himself from music entirely, having only recently managed to secure the services of Bob Dylan, the Raconteurs and more bands for Pittsburgh’s New American Music Festival (an event that’s sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters), taking place on August 8 and 9.

Read the full Rolling Stone interview