Kiedis called in to Kevin & Bean to help premiere the new track "Dark Necessities"

Earlier this morning Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis called in to The Kevin & Bean Show to help premiere “Dark Necessities,” the first single from their forthcoming album, The Getaway, set for release on June 17. It is the first in 25 years not to produced by long-time collaborator, Rick Rubin.

“I have the hugest smile on my face because I sort of pictured listening to it on the radio. It still makes me happy,” said Kiedis after hearing the song for the first time ever on the radio – through the phone.

It’s been 5 years since the band’s last album I’m With You was released. “We had an unusually difficult experience making this record where we wrote 20-30 songs and it was all ready to go and we thought it was happening, and then Flea went snowboarding and broke his arm real bad, which was a bit of a setback for the bass boner [laughs]. So we rethought everything and then we didn’t have a producer and we were just sort of lost in space with all these songs. Lo and behold it was meant to be, as these things can be, and when all the dust settled Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, emerged and said “Let’s go make a record.’ We were like ‘Great, we have all these songs’ and he was like ‘Leave those there, let’s go write new songs in the studio.’ So the process began over again.”

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“He has very specific Brian taste,” Kiedis continued. “He just wanted to see what would happen when we got in the studio and started something fresh. Initially there was an affinity and a marriage to all these other songs, but the only way we saw this working was to have trust in him and get rid of our old ideas and our old way of doing things and say ‘If this is going to work, we just have to throw ourselves off the cliff and see what happens.'”

When asked about the album artwork for The Getaway, Kiedis said “Normally we get a little more high brow artsy, and this just felt extremely warm and human, even though it’s animals, and it’s also us. Chad is the bear, Josh is the girl, Flea is the raccoon, and me as the funny little raven out front.”


Fans who pre-order the album via the band’s website will receive an instant download of “Dark Necessities.”

After an appearance at KROQ Weenie Roast on May 14, Rock on the Range on May 22, and May 29 at BottleRock in Napa Valley, the Southern California band will hit an extensive series of European festivals with no U.S. dates announced at this time.

“Very excited to have a lot of new songs to play. This being our second record with Josh, it feels a lot more fulfilling. It’s always great to have a job as a musician. It’s great to be in this band. We love seeing the world. But to have all these new songs at our disposal for live shows makes it feel like ‘Let’s go. We have a mission now.'”

Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Dates

05/14 – Irvine, CA @ KROQ Weenie Roast
05/22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
05/29 – Napa Valley, CA @ BottleRock
06/03-05 – Mendig Airfield, Germany @ Rock am Ring
06/03-05 – Nuremburg, Germany @ Rock im Park
06/08 – Interlaken, Switzerland @ Greenfield Festival
06/10 – Landgraaf, Netherlands @ Pinkpop
06/10-12 – Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Novarock
06/29-07/02 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
06/30-07/03 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
07/02 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Kiev, Ukraine @ U-Park Festival
07/09 – Moscow, Russia @ Park Live
07/10 – Perthshire, Scotland @ T in the Park
07/15 – Ottawa, Canada @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/16 – Quebec City, Canada @ Festival d’été de Quebec
07/22-24 – Yuzawa-cho, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
07/22-24 – Jinsan, South Korea @ Valley Rock Festival
07/29-31 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga Festival
07/30 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/25 – Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Tennent’s Vital
08/26-27 – Reading, England @ Reading Festival
08/26-27 – Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival

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