too many zooz rocking the nyc subway
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80′s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell.
Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
how adorable is she.
i cant wait to turn 17.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
and afterwards tom hanks emma thompson colin farrel, the screen writer, the director
and Richard Sherman, the 85 year old genius
who co wrote the songs 50 years ago for mary poppins was there
and they all got interviewed in front of us to talk about the movie by the LATs john horn
it was my first time in the theatre which may be the best perk of the new job: free movies in the perfect place
imagine the cleanest, most comfortable movie house where the screen the sound and the mood is ideal.
no food or drinks allowed. no photos or autographs. youre there to see it.
people clapped. and laughed. it was sweet.
because its hollywood people clapped during the credits because they probs knew those peeps
or maybe theyre sitting next to them.
saw my man steve elzer and his son there.
the movie made me wish that woody allen would write a movie for emma to rock.
anything she says sounds amazing.
parkings free too.
so with all those stars there, why would you need the guy who co wrote the songs?
because he was one of the few people still alive who worked super closely with walt disney
plus just look at the songs he co wrote with his brother over the years
chitty chitty bang bang:
it’s a small world after all:
Sunday, November 24, 2013
which is strange because i had been blown away before at the forum when eric clapton played there in 85
and even though it was a great show as you can see here in this super good recording
the replacements at the roxy a few years earlier was easily
the greatest show id ever seen in my life
or this crazy one i saw with karisa and almost didnt
or the beasties pauls boutique
or acdc back in black
i dont know. who cares. the bears lost.
never forget that: the bears lost.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
three great interviews with henry rollins
with nardwaur in 1998
with nardwuar in 2011
with some kid in 1984
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I got this very nice request via Twitter DM the other day. Sadly I didn’t see it till just now:
Hey Tony, Can I ask a favor? I’m old school, I don’t like much new music. And wouldn’t know where to find new stuff if I did. But I now have the need to find some “love” songs, if you can dig it. I like that Preatures song you mentioned tonight. Can you suggest a few more? I’d like something authentic with a little guitar involved somewhere. Something that speaks from the heart. Everything I look for goes back a couple decades. Thank you very much.
Great question that I totally love. Sadly I have to run to a movie. But here are my off-the-cuff responses
1 The XX.
they may seem gloomy at first but the lyrics are soooo romantical and dreamy.
2. Lana Del Rey
she may not have the most amazing vocal range, or guitar youre looking for but many of the songs are about love. and shes rad.
3. Jack White – Blunderbus
the last woman i turned this on for later said i never played any good music for her. i believe she forgot about this one.
4. Teagan and Sara – Closer
super sweet tune. you may wanna hunt around for a remix if you think the single is too pop
5. The Weeknd
6. Lolito – Hold Me
Strangest thing ever: The most romantic show I attended in quite a while was a few years back. I saw Randy Newman at UCLA
and he played Feels Like Home, that at first sounded like a Toy Story song, but the lyrics, mama miaMonday, October 28, 2013
music, movies, and tv
and coca cola.
yesterday this very wise man wrote on my facebook wall: i couldnt name one Lou Reed song to save my life.
and i thought what sort of life are you leading where you dont know any velvets tunes by name
i dont mean that in a judgemental way, more a curious way
sort of life are you leading where you dont wake up on sundays to sunday morning
or when youre climbing a roof to align a directv dish you dont hum a little satellite of love
or when someones mean to you you really dont say
vicious, you hit me with a flower.
tv is constantly on except when im blogging
and the movies is seriously something i try to do once a week
this week the vistas got 12 years a slave which might be a bit heavy after seeing capt phillips
but i used to have this deal i made with myself to see all the movies the vista shows
since its such a great theatre and if you go before 5pm its $6.
perhaps someone would look at me and ask well what sorta life do you have left
after consuming all of that media, and the internet, and sports, and the blogosphere
and the bible, and the drip drip drip of my kitchen sink
and the mexican chatter at the taco truck.
other day i was getting some grilled chicken and this muscular black dude comes up to me and says i dont need any money but i could use your phone, dont worry he sees me im not gonna run off with your iphone
and he looks over by the subway stop and sure enough theres a sheriff car up on the sidewalk near the fence and hes looking at us.
black dude holds out a piece of paper with a 323 number and i say fine, dial it up man.
and we stood there for an uncomfortably long period of time where he talked to this dude on vermont and 3rd? oh no, vermont and 103rd. well do you want me to come over or not?
look im a personal trainer, your people are going to like me, dont worry about that. so what time? well why would your phone be in airplane mode for a few hours?
maybe i’ll just get on this vermont bus and head down there. i dont like to be in your part of town at dark. so 5? ok i’ll call you i a few hours.
i sanitized my phone as soon as i got home cuz the whole thing gave me the willies.
which is weird because i bet you that guy could name a lou reed song.Wednesday, May 22, 2013
i know its not totally cool to be omg in love with kesha but i gotta say her mtv reality series is mighty fantastic and ive seen my fair share of reality shows, especially mtv ones.
this week we see her struggle with writing her current album, getting over her very first love, learning some complicated dance moves, freaking out that her label might not like what she wrote, and then going to Amoeba to buy her album the day it came out.
it was super cute and very sweet and the closeness that she has with her mom and brother is really touching because bro is filming the whole thing and being her supporter and her mom full on writes songs with her like nbd.
and theyre good ass tunes!
before i got to see it though i got a spoiler alert email from the Parents Television Council though because their minds were blown that kesha drank her own pee in the episode.
first youre probably thinking “why are you getting emails from the PTC”? which is simple, i have very low self esteem and any time i get an email from them i feel tons better because as crappy as i think my life is, it’s never as phony pointless and so full of crap as the parents television council whose kids probably hate them more than i do.
Dear Friend of the PTC,
I wanted to get this note off to you immediately, so that you’ll know what MTV is planning to air tonight so you can avoid it!
We just got word that pop star Ke$ha is slated to drink her own urine on tonight’s episode of “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” on MTV. And if you are a cable subscriber, your cable dollars helped pay for it.
We want you to know about this incident because we are sure that you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your kids or grandkids from being exposed such disgusting, vile content.
But there’s a bigger issue here: why should we have to pay for this kind of garbage just so we can get access to Discovery, Disney, or the Golf channel? It’s outrageous — and it shouldn’t be that way
clearly they did not watch the show or have watched the series because she only took a tiny baby sip of her pee to the outrage and disgust of her manager her friends family and band and the scene was like 20 seconds long and they drove off to you know make music for millions of dollars
but what really gets me riled up is they put out a press release about something that they didn’t even see. who does that?
you should get fined for that.
the incredibly attractive thing about this young lady is she is down for whatever. she is open and courageous and wild and sweet.
she isnt afraid of looking dumb and that allows her to have fun at being as dumb as she wants in a way that is so endearing that her fans feel so comfortable around her.
she is so uncool that shes super cool.
we are glad that our cable dollars helped pay for us to see this crazy beautiful person gross out her posse by doing something omg childish and outrageous
she is a singer in a band you slow witted people who dont even deserve my attention any more omg unsubscribedMonday, April 8, 2013
Congrats, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.