‘I couldn’t quit them and they couldn’t quit me’: Anthony Kiedis, 59 of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, says the band is ‘like his family’ and reveals they are all ‘less self-destructive’ now that they are ‘more old
Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers revealed that the band are already ‘like family’ ahead of their 40th anniversary.
The lead vocalist, 59, said in a new interview: ‘I can’t quit them and they can’t quit me’ and explained how they are better now than they were when they were younger.
He also discussed how they are ‘less destructive’ now that they are older, before adding that they feel ‘more aches and pains’ while performing and touring.
Together: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers reveals his band is ‘like his family’ on their 40th anniversary forming an approach
Speaking on BBC 2’s Zoe Ball’s Breakfast show, he said of the upcoming 40th anniversary: ’I really can’t believe it, I don’t really keep track of time but 40 is a huge number.
‘It’s amazing that a band can stay together that long. These people have become like my family. I can’t stop them and they can’t stop me.
‘Today at band practice I was shivering and my hair was standing just from hearing them play music. It’s still working fine.’
He went on to detail how they were different now after first getting together and performing for so long.
Band: Lead vocalist, 59, says in a new interview: ‘I can’t quit them and they can’t quit me’ and explains how they are better now than they were when they were younger’ (described in 1990)
He said: ‘The passion is still there but there are more aches and pains along the way. A 21 year old body can take a hit and keep going and it can’t be so much now.
‘But we get along better, we are less self-destructive and less destructive to the world around us. We still have fun every day but we don’t have to sleep on park benches anymore!’
He also chatted about writing their new album on lockdown and their new upcoming tour.
Candid: He also discusses how they are ‘less destructive’ now that they are older, before adding that they feel ‘more aches and pains’ while performing and touring (pictured at Rio in 2019)
‘The whole process was amazing, the joy was in making the song. And then you have to wait a long time for people to hear about it and it’s happening now. It was fun’, he explained.
“We started to get stuck again in lockdown and within a few weeks Covid hit. I recorded vocals for six months which was a privilege to have the time and space to just write the lyrics.
‘I like it when people have their own understanding of a song and can relate to it in their own way. I have positive memories of touring with many different bands.’
Anthony is a founding member of Red Hot Chilli Peppers with Flea (born Michael Peter Balzary), which formed the band in 1983 after meeting at Fairfax High School Los Angeles. Chad Smith and John Frusciante complete the lineup.
The group has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful bands in history.
They haven’t released an album since 2016’s The Getaway, although they plan to launch in 2022.
Proud: Speaking on BBC 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast, he said of the upcoming 40th anniversary: ’I can’t believe it!’ (pictured earning their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
The 2022 Global Stadium Tour also marks the first tour with the return of guitarist John Fruiscante.
The tour kicks off on June 4, 2022 in Seville, Spain, with a round of European touring through the UK, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Ireland and Germany.
The North American leg begins July 23 in Denver, with the tour ending September 18 in Arlington, Texas.
Group: Anthony is a founding member of Red Hot Chilli Peppers with Flea (born Michael Peter Balzary), who formed the band in 1983 after meeting at Fairfax High School Los Angeles – Chad Smith and John Frusciante complete the line up (LR: Ticks, Chad, John and Anthony)