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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Discusses Super Bowl Gig, New Album, More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.29.2014



Billboard recently spoke with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith about the band's upcoming Super Bowl gig, a new album, and more. Below are some highlights:

Smith on what song the band will play at the Super Bowl: "I'm on the red carpet, and someone asked, 'Super Bowl -- what song are you gonna play?' I can't really talk about that. It's supposed to be a surprise. So I'm like, 'Oh, we're doing the live version of 'Dazed and Confused' by Led Zeppelin -- and they ran with it! I got, like, 16 different things, 'Oh, the Chili Peppers are doing Led Zeppelin!' Really? Anyone who knows anything about the Super Bowl and/or music should know Led Zeppelin does a very long version, the Super Bowl is 12 minutes long -- and we're just the special guest."

Smith on the band being excited to be a part of the game: "Yeah, this is what we do in our down time, we play the biggest event on television. The Super Bowl people asked (Mars) if he would like to have a special guest, and he said, 'Yeah, I'd like to have the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I'm a big fan' -- unbeknownst to us. He called us up and said, 'Would you like to come do a thing with us, have a jam?' We're like, 'Yeah, sure. Super Bowl? OK, sounds like fun,' and that's it. They would never ask us -- well, maybe in 20 years or something. We've done some wacky gigs, but this one will be right up there. It's a big gig."

Smith on the censors not needing to worry about their act: "I'm sure they're familiar with some of our antics, so maybe they'll add a few more seconds on their delay or something. It's a little cold to be out there, scantily clad. We're playing nice, and they don't leave anything to chance. Everything is all rehearsed -- 'What are you gonna wear? What are you gonna do?' and all that kind of stuff. Maybe a nipple might slip -- you never know. Is that acceptable? If they see Anthony's nipple, do you think they're gonna cut away quickly to Diana Ross in the crowd or something?"

Smith on the band working on their next album: "We're gearing up to start writing again. We've always got ideas bouncing, but until the four of us get in the room together, that's when you see how it really takes shape. We're just starting out now, just getting together. We're gonna take a little different approach to the writing process, but for the most part when we all get together, that's when it really starts. It'll be fun to get into a groove of jamming and writing and all be in one place again. We're all looking forward to that."





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