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For the past 3 decades, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been a gigantic figure in the rock n’ roll world. From popularizing their unique blend of funk rock, blues, alternative rock and even hip-hop, to their high-energy live performances, the band has always been a solid rock in the rock world, and it’s hard to imagine them not being around. For a band that seems, and acts, so young, retirement seems like a long road away. But in a recent interview, one member hinted that it may come sooner than we anticipate.
Drummer Chad Smith made some comments in a radio interview with Sirius XM, and explained that the band have been recently pondering their future. Smith said that in a recent conversation, the band began to question how much longer they could do ‘this’, and when and how they should end it.
“We were riding in a van after a gig and Flea was like, ‘How much longer do you think we should… How do you think we should end this?’ I was, like, ‘I don’t know!’ I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part… I don’t know if we can continue…I mean, three of us are 54 years old — Anthony, me and Flea. Josh [Klinghoffer, guitarist] is 38 or 39, so he’s a young man. But I don’t know if we can continue to do the long tours — the year, year and a half we normally do. That’s a good question.“- Smith said.
Smith explained that the reasoning behind the retirement, could be to spend more time with family and focus on their personal lives.
“We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit. You kinda see that what’s gonna work for you maybe doesn’t necessarily work for other bands. But again, we’re just so grateful that people want to come and see us play, and we love to perform. I don’t know in the future how that’s gonna look.“- Smith added
It is intreaguing to see a band this young, and pondering retirement. Especially since the band has achieved recent success with the release of their album The Getaway last year. The band has been touring and 4 singles have arose off their 2016 release, all getting great radio play. So, the band is still relevant and can survive….but it’s just up to them to decide their next move. Hopefully it’s just a retirement from touring, and not making music all together.