In an interview with MusicRadar, RHCP drummer Chad Smith revealed that the band will be doing festival dates in the summertime and that, if all goes well, the record would be released by that time.
"We probably have three to four more weeks left for cutting basic tracks," Smith said. "Then we'll start doing overdubs -- guitars, vocals, all the other things that go on a record. After that, there might be a couple of things to do in January. Or we could start mixing -- and as you know, that can take some time." Making a guess, he said he was hoping they'd deliver the album to their label by March. "It's been a long time in coming," he said, which is an understatement.
Of course, some of the delays have been out of the band's control. When guitarist John Frusciante announced he'd left the band, Josh Klinghoffer stepped in to take his place. (Frusciante reportedly had exited the group some time in 2008, but the fact was never made public until the end of last year.)
Asked how the new guitarist was working out, Smith replied, "You know, he's a different guy. But he's doing great. He's got a terrific sound, he's very musical, he's full of ideas -- we're enjoying working with him. Things are coming along pretty easily, so that's always a good sign. I've been playing with him for over a year now, so it's feeling very natural."
Because Red Hot Chili Peppers have gone so long between albums, is there any chance they'll do another double-disc effort like Stadium Arcadium? Not a chance, says Smith. "We always cut a lot of songs and see which ones rise and which ones fall," he told MusicRadar, "that's just how we like to work. But the new one won't be a double album like Stadium Arcadium, I can tell you that.""
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