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Anthony Kiedis On New Red Hot Chili Peppers Book ‘Fandemonium,’ Band’s Longevity, Meeting Mike Tyson, New Music, & More

Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show to talk about a new RHCP fan-based book Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium, which features an intro by Kiedis and words/photography by David Mushegain. Kiedis also discusses the band’s longevity, meeting Mike Tyson at a Lakers game, and new Red Hot Chili Peppers music.

Fans can meet Anthony, Flea, Chad Smith, and David Mushegain tonight (11/17) at 7pm at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove. Get down there early and grab a copy of the new book.

Bean asked Kiedis if he was surprised that the band has stayed together for 30 years.

“Yes and no. I couldn’t imagine it not being there and I still love it and I still love my mates that we play with, but at the same time if I look at it objectively, it seems impossible for 4 people to stay together this long doing something that involves so much emotion and ego and struggle and travel and strife and highs and lows. It’s mathematically nearly impossible.”

When asked about new Chili Peppers music, Kiedis responded, “We’ve written about 30 songs and we’re trying to make them better and kind of go over arrangements and lyrics, so we’re about to start recording a new record. We’ll start recording in December and see what happens. I feel like it’s a better collection of songs than our last record, and I was happy with our last record, but I think this is sort of Josh’s coming of age moment with the band. It’s fun.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium is available everywhere November 18th.

Book Summary

One-of-a-kind tribute from one of the best-selling bands in the world direct to their legions of fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performances have become legendary as much for the music and antics on stage as the generous, loving community of people who stand side by side, screaming their approval. This is a fan appreciation book from the band that puts the emphasis where it should be—on the fans. A vivid montage of words from the band members to their fans, it includes hundreds of photos taken at concerts worldwide, and interviews with fifty of the most devoted RHCP fans around the globe. The stories that emerge range from fantastic to tragic, but always inspirational and life-affirming. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis—New York Times best-selling author of his memoir, Scar Tissue—writes about the making of this book, and tells the story of the band’s connection with their fans from day one in 1983 and how that relationship has evolved over three decades.



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