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By the time the Red Hot Chili Peppers wind down their summer schedule -- which consists of the Orion Music + More festival in early June and a few more scattered gigs -- it will be just under two years since the band released its 10th studio album, 2011's I'm With You. According to drummer Chad Smith, that means it will soon be time for the Chili Peppers to start thinking about album number 11: "Yeah, we're just doing four or five one-offs through the summer and then we'll start writing songs again, so I think in the fall -- we're looking at probably in September -- getting together and starting to get on a roll and start writing songs for the next record. Yeah, we're looking at the fall."

  • In addition to co-headlining the Orion festival with Metallica on June 8th and 9th in Detroit, the Chili Peppers will also play Delaware's Firefly Festival on June 21st, a show in Anchorage, Alaska on August 5th and the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 11th.
  • I'm With You was released on August 29th, 2011 and was the first new Chili Peppers album in five years.
  • It marked the recording debut with the band of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced longtime axeman John Frusciante the year before.
  • Chili Peppers bassist Flea is also doing shows with Radiohead's Thom Yorke in their Atoms For Peace project, while Smith has recently been recording with his Chickenfoot bandmate, Sammy Hagar.


  • Overall, did you like I'm With You?
  • What direction would you like to see the Chili Peppers take on their next record?
  • Should they make a next record? Do you think the band is still relevant and interesting, or have they run their course?

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Chili Peppers' full concert from this past April's Coachella Festival:

Chad Smith Says Red Hot Chili Peppers May Start Next Record In Fall

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