Flea called Audacy's Kevan Kenney this past Friday, February 4, to chat about brand new music on the way from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the return of guitarist John Frusciante to the band, and getting back into the studio with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
On February 4, the band revealed “Black Summer,” the first single from the Chili Peppers’ upcoming twelfth studio album, UNLIMITED LOVE, which is due for an April 1 release. It’s a milestone moment for the band, as it marks their first album with guitarist John Frusciante since their 2006 record, Stadium Arcadium, and the band’s first album since 2016’s The Getaway.
"John Frusciante has a profound impact on everything that we do, and even when he wasn't in the band, he had a profound impact on everything we do," says Flea.
"He is just the most focused, dedicated, tapped-in musician who's able to muster this diligence and focus about doing what he does consistently that just uplifts us."
In his chat with Kevan, Flea also talks about how the band selected the opening acts on their upcoming tour, who he thinks will win the Super Bowl, and what happened during his recent missed opportunity at the Lakers skill challenge.
Fans will get the opportunity to hear songs from UNLIMITED LOVE in person this summer as the Chili Peppers have a massive tour scheduled. “We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together,” the band says. Check out a full list of dates here.
Watch the full interview above, and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on Audacy.