Red Hot Chili Peppers Set 2011 Release For New Album ‘I’m With You’
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have finally set a release date for their upcoming tenth studio album and have decided on the title ‘I’m With You’. This time around things are gonna be a little different with Flea’s new approach to songwriting and Josh Klinghoffer’s first outing as RHCP’s sole guitarist.
Yesterday the band announced via their website that ‘I’m With You’ will hit stores on August 30th of this year after initially being slated for last December. Rick Rubin has returned to produce the band for the fifth consecutive time, but this time they are recording without long time guitarist John Frusciante. This isn’t the first time Rubin has worked with the Frusciante-less Peppers though, he also produced 1995’s ‘One Hot Minute’ which featured Dave Navarro on guitar duties. That record (much like this one) also saw it’s share of delays and setbacks, but the results were worth the wait. While the band sounded different without Frusciante, ‘…Minute’ served as more of a vehicle for straight forward rock than the band had previously driven.
On this record the much lesser-known Josh Klinghoffer is the one who will be filling John’s giant shoes. Klinghoffer is no stranger to the band, he served as their touring rhythm guitarist on the last couple legs of the ‘Stadium Arcadium’ tour and is a collaborator and longtime friend to Frusciante. The two have worked together on numerous projects including most of John’s solo albums.
The guitar isn’t the only thing that might sound different this time out; Flea has spent the downtime after the ‘Stadium Arcadium’ tour studying music theory and learning to play piano. Singer Anthony Kiedis said that Flea’s new knowledge of music has given the band “A whole new dynamic” and added:
“Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss. On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with ‘s Flea’s new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision.”
Statements like this makes me believe that this will be one of those love/hate albums with a lot of their fans, I hope that I end up in the first category. Let’s just be glad they dropped the working album titles of ‘Dr Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head’ and ‘Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?’. Red Hot Chili Peppers tenth studio album ‘I’m With You’ will hit stores and digital outlets August 30th.