Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their 12th studio album, Unlimited Love. The band’s first new album with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006. It’s also their first with longtime producer Rick Rubin since 2011. The album arrives April 1.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Chad Smith said “We’ve written some of our best songs with these four guys, and we do have something special. It will be really exciting, and I see us not taking that for granted at all. As you get a little bit older, you appreciate it more. It’ll be a real joyful thing.”
The band will hit the road in support of Unlimited Love, in Denver on July 23 and continue through September. However the new single arrives ahead of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming tour. You can listen to it from the link below.
After the death of the band’s founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, John Frusciante joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988. Before departing for the first time in 1992, he played with the groups Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik. He said "I quit playing because I wanted to stop playing music, and the drugs were something I took to self medicate myself". After his return to the band in 1998, Frusciante released his solo albums. In 2009 while announcing his second departure, he had actually left a year prior because he wanted to focus on his solo career. Frusciante’s return to Red Hot Chili Peppers was announced in December 2019.
“Our only goal is to get lost in the music,” the members of Red Hot Chili Peppers said of their forthcoming album in a press release. “We spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could.” They continued:
“We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on our new album Unlimited Love, is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe. This is our life’s mission. We work, focus, and prepare, so that when the biggest wave comes, we are ready to ride it. The ocean has gifted us a mighty wave and this record is the ride that is the sum of our lives. Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy it. Rock out motherfuckers!”
Frusciante added: “When we got together to start writing material, we began by playing old songs by people like Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, the Kinks, the New York Dolls, Richard Barrett, and others. Ever so gradually, we started bringing in new ideas, and turning jams into songs, and after a couple of months the new stuff was all we were playing. The feeling of effortless fun we had when we were playing songs by other people, stayed with us the whole time we were writing. For me, this record represents our love for, and faith in each other.”