Chili Peppers come to Louisville Thursday

By DAVID A. MANN
Call ’em rock. Call ’em funk. If you call ’em rap-rock, please shutter a bit.

How ever you care to classify them, Los Angeles legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be in Louisville this week. The show is 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets are still available and range from $38.50 to $59.50.

The band has been on the rock scene since the mid-1980s, jolting to the front of mainstream prominence following 1991’s iconic release “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” They’re touring in support of their 2011 release,  “I’m With You,” which is hailed as the begining of a new era for the band, as they’re once again working with producer Rick Rubin.

“I’m With You,” was written collectively by the four members – founding singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith (who’s been with the band since 1989) and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (the new guy, though he’s been a long-time friend of the band and served as second guitarist on much of the “Stadium Arcadium” tour).

“It’s a new beginning for us,” says Smith. “We’re very fortunate to be able to do what we love to do. During our time off everyone, I felt, had grown as people and as musicians. I think that’s very reflected in taking risks and growing as a band and as band members and as people. That’s all in there, and that’s all in the pie.”

The album opens with the multi-faceted, multi-chromatic “Monarchy of Roses.” The song, which Kiedis says is about the “monarchy of friendships” in the community that continues to nurture the Peppers, mixes funk and hard rock (the working title at one point was “Disco Sabbath”) as only the Peppers can. And that kick-off introduces Klinghoffer loud and clear – no surprise to his band mates.

“I called up Josh and asked him if he wanted to be in the band and he wasn’t sure because he had a lot going on and wasn’t motivated by fame and power,” says Flea, about the origins of that song and the current roster. “He just wants to follow his muse. He thought about it and then started thinking he wanted to do it, so I said ‘Well, come over. Let’s jam.’ We sad down in my little basement and played, just the two of us. We started playing the beginning, the Sabbath-y, heavy part. We kind of looked at each other like, ‘This is good.’”

“We had a decade-plus history together, knowing each other and playing with each other and playing with friends,” says Klinghoffer. “It did seem more seamless to me than you would think, but I just think that’s because there was a lot of love for each other in the room from day one and before.”

**POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**

According to setlist.fm, the band has open their last few shows with “Monarchy of Roses.” Some of their recent tunes such as “Dani California” or “Look Around” top the lists as well. However, they have played some of their older stuff as well with “Under The Bridge,” “Higher Ground” and “Sir Psycho Sexy” at recent shows in Pittsburg Pa. and Rosemont, Ill.

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About hoosierhits
The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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