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Red Hot Chili Peppers Present ‘Black Summer’ From New LP: Look + Listen

Follows their 2016 The Getaway, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced Unlimited Love, their 12th studio album that marks the band’s first new collection with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium and their first with longtime producer Rick Rubin since 2011. 

Preempting their new album due April 1 is the first single “Black Summer.” The Deborah Chow-directed video captures the band’s Zen outlook, with the bandmates performing separately in a forest, an ice-tipped ocean, outer space and an upside-down desert scene.

In a statement about their forthcoming full length the iconic rockers said “Our only goal is to get lost in the music. We spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could.” “Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos, we were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together, and, once again, try to get better. Days, weeks and months spent listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose. The sounds, rhythms, vibrations, words and melodies had us enrapt.”

“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!”

Longtime guitarist Frusciante addressed the group’s process while working on the album., saying: “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,” he said in a statement. “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.”

The Chilis will hit the road this summer in support of Unlimited Love, with its North American leg kicking off in Denver, Colo. on July 23 at Empower Field at Mile High. It wraps at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 18.

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Author: Al Denté

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