“It was kind of a blessing, because we want to come out with new music and play some new songs,” Smith said of their festival plans being delayed. “It’s gonna be great when we finally go out next year and have a record to play, and a bunch of other stuff, obviously.”
Going into the studio this time around, Smith says the band isn’t trying to re-create the sound they had with Frusciante on their previous albums, which includes catalog staples Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication.
“John hasn’t been in our group in 10 years; that’s a long time. So of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together,” Smith explained. “It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great. … We really like it and we’re proud of it and it has to start there. If other people like it, great. If people compare it to this or [say] ‘It doesn’t sound like that,’ we have no control over that. But yeah, we’re all really happy with the record.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform songs from their yet-untitled 12th album — in addition to their signature hits and fan favorites — on a global stadium tour in 2022. The tour kicks off June 4 in Seville, Spain, at the Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla and will come Stateside on July 23 with a stop at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High. The Strokes, A$AP Rocky, Beck, Haim, St. Vincent, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Thundercat and King Princess will serve as special guests on the tour.