Thursday, July 7, 2011
[FMQB.com] The Red Hot Chili Peppers have made a habit of naming their albums after a song title, which they have been doing ever since 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik. But the band decided to break from tradition this time with I'm With You, their tenth studio album, which is due on August 30. Ironically, it was new band member Josh Klinghoffer who actually came up with the title.
"We thought of calling it a song title off the record, and when I mentioned that to [producer] Rick [Rubin], he said, 'That just makes it seem like we don't have enough ideas,'" frontman Anthony Kiedis told MTV News. "And I didn't even stop to think of the fact that every one of our records is like that, and I don't think 'shortage of ideas' was ever our primary dilemma, considering the mountain range of scraps we left behind. So, as an experiment, I started making lists of titles, and all of them, in retrospect, were quite lame, and none of them really captured the spirit of this record, which we had all very much fallen in love with. Then Josh showed up one day, maybe a day before there was some sort of deadline for a title, and he wrote [I'm With You] on a piece of paper, and very subtly scooched it [in front of me], and I was like, 'What's that?' And we all kind of put our eyes on it at the same time and went: 'That is the title of our record.'"
Klinghoffer added that the title came to him out of nowhere, but it seemed perfect to explain where the band is at this point in their career. "It seems pretty open, pretty apropos to where the band is, what the band's doing, how the record wants to be related to, or related with," he explained.
As previously reported, up-and-coming rapper Kreayshawn has been tapped to direct the video for the Chili Peppers' new single, "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie." Meanwhile, the band will begin touring in Hong Kong on August 9, and they have dates booked in South America and Europe throughout the rest of 2011. Their U.S. tour plans have yet to be announced.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:39 PM