Since the release of 2006's 'Stadium Arcadium,' we haven't heard much about the new Red Hot Chili Peppers 2010 album.
RHCP took a break shortly after their Stadium Arcadium tour to pursue solo endeavors: bassist Flea collaborated with Thom Yorke and drummer Chad Smith joined the supergroup Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani). Now with confirmation that Josh Klinghoffer is Red Hot Chili Pepper's new guitarist (replacing John Frusciante who left amicably in December to pursue solo efforts), the band has been fervently working on their 10th studio album, coming out later in 2010, possibly October.
According to 'Clash' magazine, there's speculation a Radiohead electro-back beat might make it on the new 2010 album, with Flea having recently played with Thom Yorke's solo band. No word yet, but Smith confirmed there are some piano-driven melodies on the album.
Smith also mentioned that the recent guitar enlistee will bring a new sound and direction to the band and their forthcoming release: "It's gonna change because we've got a new guy in the group, and he's very talented, very musical," Smith tells blog site Grammy.com. "It's fresh, it's fun, everyone is in a good mood, everyone is coming up with lots of good ideas, and I just look forward to what the future is gonna bring." With such diverse musicality coming out of this foursome, it will be exciting to see if they will bring back some of their raw funk ('Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik') stick with the alternative anthem rock ('Californication' and 'Stadium Arcadium') or jump into new territory.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed with Josh Klinghoffer for the first time on Jan. 29 at the MusicCares Person of the Year dinner honoring Neil Young.