RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have announced the first three legs of their 2017 North American tour. The band is touring in support of its eleventh studio album, "The Getaway".
"The Getaway Tour" kicks off January 5, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, and will crisscross its way across North America. TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE will provide support for all dates. In addition, Jack Irons will join the tour for the January dates. Every ticket purchased includes a choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of "The Getaway".
A fan club ticket pre-sale launches this Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.
Additional live dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS frontman Anthony Kiedis said that the band scrapped at least two albums worth of songs and wrote new ones when it began working with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton on "The Getaway". Speaking with Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Kiedis explained: "We had an unusually difficult experience making this record where we wrote 20 to 30 songs and it was all ready to go and we thought it was happening, and then Flea went snowboarding and broke his arm real bad."
Kiedis continued: "So we rethought everything and then we didn't have a producer and we were just sort of lost in space with all these songs… When all the dust settled, Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, emerged and said, 'Let's go make a record.' We were, like, 'Great! We have all these songs,' and he was, like, 'Leave those there. Let's go write new songs in the studio.' So the process began over again."
Kiedis said that although Burton had listened to all the songs the band had already prepped, "He just wanted to see what would happen when we went into the studio and started something fresh." The singer admitted that there was "pushback" at the first to the idea, but added, "The only way we saw this working was to have trust in him and get rid of our old ideas and our old way of doing things."
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea told The Pulse Of Radio that making "The Getaway" was more exciting than usual. "Making this one was a really great experience and a new experience," he said. "You know, we've worked with the producer Rick Rubin for the last 25 years and, you know, this is the first time we haven't been with him for so long. We worked with this guy Danger Mouse and it was a much different creative process. And I think it was really healthy for us and as a result, we have a record that I think is really showing some progress in our music-making style."