Shortly after landing two My VH1 Awards, Flea revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are primed to record the follow-up their platinum selling Californication
and have made plans to head back to the studio in February to lay the ground work.
Flea told Reuters that the band hasn't discussed producers, though it would be unthinkable to work without Rick Rubin, who produced the band's last three albums. "He's actually been like an angel in my life. I love him," Flea said. The bassist also mentioned that the band doesn't have much direction for the album yet, explaining that they approach each album without expectations or agenda: "We always go on different projects that we do with no plan or anything like that . . . We feel like if we try to plan on something that it can never be as great as the spontaneity that happens, because that's really where the magic of music is at."
's release, Flea has also worked on the soundtrack for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming film Traffic
, which features an original score by Flea along with Herbie Hancock
and Cliff Martinez. John Frusciante has also been busy with non-RHCP pursuits. The guitarist will release To Record Only Water For 10 Days
next month, to be followed by a European promo tour. Frusciante played all the instruments and sings on his third solo album.
Though Anthony Kiedis doesn't have any musical side projects lined up, he and former Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest plan to serve a belated Thanksgiving meal in Los Angeles' Robertson Park on Dec. 2 to help up StandUp For Kids, an organization that helps the support the growing numbers of teen age runaways.
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI for RollingStone.com News