Chino XL, Rama Duke Create New Take On Chili Peppers Classic

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song ‘Under The Bridge’ is one of the greatest, most iconic rock songs of the 20th century.  That is because of the song’s subject matter in its lyrical content and a musical arrangement that expertly captures that emotion.  Now, that iconic composition has been re-worked by the duo of Chino XL and Rama Duke and given a whole new life and identity.

The duo’s new re-working of the band’s song has given it a hip-hop vibe that also maintains the guitar riff that helped the original composition become so beloved, adding to the song’s interest even more.

As if that is not enough, the song’s companion, which can be viewed online now here, touches just as much on the new lyrics, making the new take on the classic hit even harder.

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Jarred Gosselin, 1520 Entertainment partner, said he hoped this updated take on the timeless RHCP song would hit this generation just as hard as the original song.

“We hope that our hybrid version of ‘Under The Bridge’ might save some lives and inspire a new generation,” Gosselin said. He added the inspiration to craft the song came after he heard her working on a cover of the song with a band in the early 2000s.  That take on the song was never released, said Gosselin.

Chino XL and Rama Duke’s updated take of ‘Under The Bridge’ is playing at radio stations nationwide now.  It is also available for download at all major digital distribution sites.

A portion of the song’s sales will go to benefit the California-based Action Family Foundation, which works with young people and their families to resolve issues related to drugs, alcohol, sex and drugs.

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Franti’s Latest LP “Rocks” Phil’s PIcks 2016 Albums Of The Year List

Michael Franti and Spearhead Soulrocker Cover Art

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

The time has come.  Today is New Year’s Eve eve.  That means 2016 is nearly in the books.  With that year right at it’s end, it’s time for the last two of this year’s Phil’s Picks best of lists.

Rounding out this year’s lists are the year’s top new albums overall and the year’s top new overall movies.  The year’s top new albums list is up first.  It was not an easy list to assemble either as there were so many stand out records released from across the musical universe’s many genres.

This year’s top albums list is represented by music from the jazz community, the world of children’s music, rock, blues, and even reggae in the form of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new album Soulrocker.

As with every previous Phil’s Picks list, this list features Phil’s Picks’ top 10 new titles plus five honorable mention titles, bringing the total count to 15.  Having noted that here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 new albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

 

  1. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoulrocker

 

  1. Santana IV

 

  1. Joe BonamassaBlues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Okee Dokee BrothersSaddle Up

 

  1. Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings by the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra 1916 – 1925

 

  1. Marian HillAct I

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Rich RobinsonFlux

 

  1. Charles Lloyd and the MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan Richardson Shift

 

  1. Tedeschi Trucks BandLet Me Get By

 

  1. Mountain HeartBlue Sky

 

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Veteran Rock Acts Tops Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

The rock community, it seems, was bursting at the seams with new releases this year.  While some records were okay at best, there were just as many that proved to be truly outstanding efforts.  Needless to say there were so many of said albums that it was anything but easy to come up with a list of the year’s top new rock records.  But somehow, Phil’s Picks managed it.  That list includes new efforts from bands young and old alike.  The more experienced bands featured on this list include: Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foghat just to name a few.  The younger bands represented here include the likes of Buffalo Summer, Love and a .38, and Zodiac.  Whether veteran or next generation, the rock community produced a slew of outstanding records this year.

Phil’s Picks presents 15 of those records with its Top 10 picks and five honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

 

  1. SantanaIV

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Dead DaisiesMake Some Noise

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Buffalo SummerSecond Sun

 

  1. Alter BridgeThe Last Hero

 

  1. ZodiacGrain of Soul

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Blackberry SmokeLike An Arrow

 

  1. Resurrection KingsResurrection Kings

 

  1. SkilletUnleashed

 

  1. Apollo Under FireApollo Under Fire

 

  1. Fates WarningTheory of Flight

 

  1. Ray RocketDo You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

  1. Candlebox Disappearing in Airports

 

 

 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Spring/Summer 2017 North American Live Dates

Photo Credit: Steve Keros

Photo Credit: Steve Keros

Red Hot Chili Peppers is extending its current run of live dates.

The band announced this week that it has added a string of dates for Spring and Summer 2017 to its current touring schedule.  The band’s new dates, which will be in support of its latest full-length studio recording The Getaway, begin April 12 in the nation’s capitol and run through June 30 in Chicago, IL.

The band will take about three weeks off at the end of its current tour schedule, listed below, before launching its spring/summer 2017 North American tour.  The upcoming spring/summer 2017 schedule also includes a pair of dates in North Carolina for the band’s fans in the “Tarheel State.”  Those dates are noted in the band’s full live schedule listed below.

 

Previously Announced Tour Dates:  
 
5-Jan San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
7-Jan Houston, TX Toyota Center
8-Jan Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena
10-Jan New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
12-Jan Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum
14-Jan Tulsa, OK BOK Center
15-Jan Wichita, KS In Trust Arena
18-Jan St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
20-Jan Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
21-Jan Minneapolis, MN Target Center
2-Feb Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
4-Feb Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
7-Feb Boston, MA TD Garden
8-Feb Boston, MA TD Garden
10-Feb Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
12-Feb Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena
13-Feb Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena
15-Feb New York, NY Madison Square Garden
17-Feb New York, NY Madison Square Garden
18-Feb New York, NY Madison Square Garden
2-Mar Denver, CO Pepsi Center
4-Mar Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
5-Mar San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
7-Mar Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
8-Mar Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10-Mar Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
12-Mar Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
15-Mar Portland, OR Rose Quarter – Moda Center
17-Mar Seattle, WA Key Arena
18-Mar Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
 
Newly Announced Dates:
12-Apr Washington, DC Verizon Center
14-Apr Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
15-Apr Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
17-Apr Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
19-Apr Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
22-Apr Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
24-Apr Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
26-Apr Orlando, FL Amway Center
27-Apr Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
29-Apr Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
11-May Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
13-May Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans
14-May Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center-
16-May Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
18-May Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
19-May Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
21-May Kansas City Sprint Center
23-May Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
26-May Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
28-May Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
29-May Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
18-Jun Quebec, QC Vidéotron
20-Jun Montreal , QC Bell Centre
22-Jun Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
23-Jun Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
25-Jun Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
30-Jun Chicago, IL United Center
Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

The Getaway has performed very well domestically since its release this past June.  The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart, and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  It is the band’s seventh record to reach the top 10 in the magazine’s chart and its third to reach the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

The album has performed very well internationally, too.  It debuted at #1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and New Zealand.  It debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom and Germany.

More information on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new tour dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://redhotchilipeppers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiliPeppers

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chilipeppers

 

 

 

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‘The Getaway’ Shows Again Why RHCP Remains One Of Rock’s Elite Acts

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

It’s hard to believe and might make some out there feel old, but Red Hot Chili Peppers recently released its eleventh full-length studio recording.  The Getaway was released just last month via Warner Brothers Records.  It is the eleventh album that the band has released in what is now a three-decades plus career.  That is a telling statement about the band.  It shows that even through so many lineup changes and even a changing industry the band has shown that it is still just as relevant today as it was when it formed way back in 1983.  It can be postulated that the reason for this continued success is linked to the band’s own adaptation to the changes in the musical community.  The band has changed up its sound on every one of its records, maintaining its originality from one record to the next.  The same applies to the lyrical content presented within each of the band’s records.  Both of these changes are just as evident in The Getaway just as much as they are in the band’s previous albums.  That obvious update to the band’s sound and lyrical content makes this record yet another Red Hot Chili Peppers success story and one more of 2016’s top new rock records.

Red Hot Chili Peppers new album The Getaway is its own enjoyable escape for audiences.  That is due to the fact that yet again the band has change up its sound and its lyrical content from that of its previous album.  It is a practice that the band has maintained throughout the course of its now three decades-plus life span.  That new approach makes the album not just another new enjoyable escape but also one more of 2016’s top new rock records.  One of the points at which this changed sound is most evident in the band’s new album is the album’s lead single ‘Dark Necessities.’  Looking at the song’s musical arrangement it presents a sound that is very much unlike that of the band’s body of work.  Given, Flea’s bass line is somewhat familiar here.  It harkens back to the days of the band’s 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, but in the bigger picture of the song’s arrangement it boasts a very distinct identity that is separate from anything else that the band has crafted.  That is thanks to the use of the string arrangements and gentle, flowing piano line at the base of the arrangement.  Drummer Chad Smith’s work behind the kit and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar line add their own original touch to the song.  The whole that those separate lines makes the song’s musical arrangement original and enjoyable in its own right.  The song’s lyrical content cannot be ignored here either.  That is because of the topic on which that content touches.  Front man Anthony Kiedis recently discussed the song’s topic.  He noted in his interview that the song addresses what he called “the beauty of our dark sides” and the good that actually comes from that inner darkness.  It really makes sense as so many of the best songs (regardless of genre) come from those dark places within their writers.  Kiedis’ statement rings true as he sings in the song’s chorus, “You don’t know my mind/Dark necessities are part of my design/And tell the world that I’m/Falling from the sky/Dark necessities are part of my design.  That is made even more evident in the song’s lead verse in which Kiedis sings, “Coming on to the light of day we got/Many moons that are deep at play/Keep an eye on the shadow smile/To see what it has to say/You and I both know/Everything must go away/What do you say/Spinning off/Head is on my heart/It’s like a bit of light in a touch of dark/You got the sneak attack from the zodiac/But I se your fire spark/Keep the breeze and go/Blow by blow and go away/What do you say/Yeah.  He comes across as using metaphors to illustrate the contrast of light and dark in people’s lives.  That is exemplified by that opening line comparing the “many moons deep at play” in the “light of day.”  The many moons could be that dark side, all the negativity while the light is…well…the light.  And that proverbial “sneak attack from the zodiac” is the dark contrast to the spark seen in the subject.  He is not noting literally the zodiac killer, but using that as a metaphor, again, for the darkness trying to tear a person down.  This is all, of course, just this critic’s interpretation of these lines.  But they would make sense considering Kiedis’ explanation of the song.  Here is so much negativity hidden inside a person (or people) but it is defeated by using it to one’s own strength.  This, and the song’s original musical arrangement, partner to make the song a powerful statement and an original one.  It is just one of the album’s most standout songs and one example of what makes the song in whole stand out.  ‘Encore’ is another of the album’s key compositions.

‘Dark Necessities’ is one of the most important compositions included in The Getaway.  That is because it exhibits both through its musical arrangement and its lyrical content the continued evolution of the band’s sound and its lyrical content.  It presents a very deep concept in its lyrical content in the good that actually comes from that dark place inside each one of us.  The song’s musical arrangement does plenty to illustrate the emotion of considering that good from bad.  As important as it is to the album in whole it is not the album’s only key composition.  ‘Encore’ does just as much to exhibit the band’s continued evolution.  Its musical arrangement is a clear starting point in discussing this.  By and large, the song’s musical foundation is formed by Klinghoffer’s guitar work, Kiedis’ vocal delivery, and yet again, a gentle piano line that runs through the course of the song.  Each piece presents is own deeply reserved sound.  When they are assembled together the overall sound is one that, again, is unlike most of what the band has ever crafted.  It is a sound that will touch listeners on a very deep, emotional level.  The song’s seemingly retrospective lyrical content adds to that emotional depth.  That seeming retrospective approach is exhibited in the song’s lead verse as Kiedis sings, “Listen to The Beatles and the sound of laughing Ed McMahon, we got high/Educated by a world so full of self/and lost in space/too much pride/Cosmonauts and dirty thoughts/Are juggling the juggernaut/Soviet spy/Every now and then I remember to befriend/The little things in life.  It instantly seems that Kiedis is reminiscing about his youth, that golden age of life, supporting the supposition that this song is indeed a personal retrospection of sorts, right down to its title.  That supposition is strengthened even more in the song’s second verse as Kiedis sings, “Later on I’ll read to you/The things that I’ve been needing to say goodbye/Walk away from mom and dad to find the love you never had/tell no lies/Carry on and write a song/that says it all and shows it off ‘fore you die/Take a little breath/Before you catch an early death/There is so much sky.”  That opening line in which Kiedis sings “Later on Ill read to you/The things that I’ve been needing to say goodbye” it seems like he is saying, “let me talk to you about the things that I need to let go of from my past.”  His writing “Carry on and write a song/That says it all and shows it off” adds to that belief about the retrospective lyrical message even more.  The song’s third and final verse hints at that message even more even as short as it is.  Even considering this, one should take this critic’s interpretation with a grain of salt.  It is not meant to be gospel.  It could be entirely off the mark.  Though, considering this content, one has to believe that it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  Right or wrong, the song’s seeming retrospective lyrics and equally reserved musical arrangement make the song all the more engaging.  In turn this engagement shows why the song is yet another of The Getaway’s key compositions and another example of what makes the album in whole stand out.  It still is not the album’s last notable composition.  ‘This Ticonderoga’ is one more of the record’s standout songs.

‘Dark Necessities’ and ‘Encore’ are both select songs included in The Getaway.  That is because of the evolution that they exhibit in regards to the band’s sound and lyrical versatility.  That growth, both musically and lyrically, serves to exhibit in the bigger picture, what makes the album in whole stand out.  They are not the only songs that serve to do this.  ‘This Ticonderoga’ stands out just as much as those aforementioned songs.  One of the reasons that it stands out so blatantly is its musical arrangement.  The song’s musical arrangement boasts a full-on garage rock sound.  That is a sound that is distinctly different from the majority of the band’s previous compositions.  It is driven largely by Klinghoffer’s guitar work and Smith’s drumming.  Of course the piano and string arrangements that are used in the song’s chorus sections make for a start contrast to that garage rock sound.  It even adds a certain extra something to the song’s overall arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own element to the song, too.  The song’s lyrical content is sure to leave listeners thinking and talking even more than its musical arrangement.  It may even leave listeners thinking and talking more so than the lyrical content presented in any of the album’s other offerings.  That is because of the depth of that material.  The song’s shorter moments seem to speak the loudest in examining the song.  One of those shorter lines sees Kiedis singing, “We are all just soldiers in this battlefield of life/One thing that’s for certain is my burning appetite.  That statement is switched up slightly in another of those noted shorter moments with Kiedis singing, “We are all just soldiers in this open field of time/Hoping to get with you when get right with your mind.”  It is echoed again one more time at the song’s end and is switched up again with Kiedis singing in that last refrain, “We are all just soldiers in this loving fight/And no one that I know has ever really done it right.”  These refrains seem to hint at a message that throughout everything (time and life) we are all just a tiny part of it all.  That is hinted even more in the larger part of the verses.  Early on Kiedis sings about what one must assume is his youth when he writes about a man who wanted him to join his band.  He then shares a small anecdote about a failed relationship (for which he blames himself here) before eventually writing about meeting the woman who would become his wife.  It is from here that he makes the statement about everyone being “soldiers in the loving fight.”  There is even a tribute to Kiedis’ friend and band mate Flea thrown in for good measure.  It seems to be used in relation to his recollection of his early days in the music business.  All of this would seem to, again, tie together those previously noted, smaller verse elements.  Those smaller elements come together with the larger verse elements to generate a lyrical makeup here that is just as deep as that of any of the album’s other songs.  And together with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements come together to make ‘This Ticonderoga’ stand out just as much as ‘Encore’ and ‘Dark Necessities.’  It stands out just as much against the rest of the album’s songs not noted here, too.  When it is set against those songs, the band’s growth is exhibited even more clearly.  That clearly exhibited growth goes on to show again why the record in whole is another great escape and another one of 2016’s top new rock records.

The Getaway is yet another great escape from Red Hot Chili Peppers.  It is also one more of the year’s top new rock records.  That is due to the continued growth and change exhibited by the band throughout the course of the record’s thirteen songs.  The change in question is exhibited in the song’s musical arrangements and even its lyrical content.  It is something that is rare nowadays by artists throughout the musical universe.  In turn it makes both the band and its new album even more deserving of respect.  Whether in the seemingly retrospective ‘Encore,’ the philosophical ‘Dark Necessities,’ or even the equally thought-provoking ‘This Ticonderoga’ the band exhibits so much growth and change.  The album’s other offerings exemplify that growth and change just as much.  All things considered, the overall growth and change exhibited by this record makes it undeniably a great new escape from Red Hot Chili Peppers and one more of the year’s top new rock records.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on The Getaway is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.redhotchilipeppers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiliPeppers

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChiliPeppers

 

 

 

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The Getaway Has Finally Gotten Here

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

The Getaway has finally gotten here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest album is now available in stores and online today worldwide.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for its new single ‘Dark Necessities’ yesterday.  The video, directed by Olivia Wilde, can be viewed online now here.  Wilde had a chance to sit down and discuss working with the band on the video and had only positive remarks about the filming process.  “It was an honor and a thrill to create this video with such wonderful artists,” she said, “who happen to make up one of the greatest bands of all time.”  The video features appearances by renowned long board surfers Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell, and Noelle Mulligan.

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

 

Courtesy:  BBGun Press/Viacom/CBS

Courtesy: BBGun Press/Viacom/CBS

Along with its new video premiere, the band also made an appearance on CBS’ Late Late Show With James Corden earlier this week.  The band took part in the show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment in which it performed some of its own classic hits, new music, and more.  Audiences can view that appearance online now here.

 

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Those appearances are not the only ones for the band this week.  DIRECTV, Audience Network, and U-Verse will present a special performance by the band tonight.  The performance was recorded recently by the band at the iHeart Theater L.A.  It can be seen tonight at 9pm ET/PT on DIRECTV Channel 239 and on U-Verse Channel 1114.  It features a number of the band’s classic and newer material including: ‘Can’t Stop,’ ‘Other Side,’ ‘By The Way, and ‘Soul To Squeeze’ among many others.  The band is gearing up to make its way across the world at a number of major concert festivals in support of The Getaway.  Audiences can check out the band’s current tour schedule online now here.  More information on The Getaway, the band’s tour schedule, additional live appearances, and more is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.redhotchilipeppers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiliPeppers

Twitter: http://twitter.co/chilipeppers

 

 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Present Special Concert To Celebrate ‘The Getaway’s’ Release

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Red Hot Chili Peppers fans are going to get a very special treat from the band this week.

The Audience Network, DIRECT, and U-Verse will air a special performance by the band this Friday night, June 17th at 9pm ET/PT.  The performance, which was recently recorded at iHeart Theater L.A., is in celebration of the release of the band’s new album The Getaway.  The performance will air on DIRECTV on Channel 239 and on U-Verse on

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Photo credit: Jeremy Harris

Channel 1114.  Along with its special performance the band also held an interview session.  Among the songs featured in the band’s performance were the likes of: ‘Can’t Stop,’ ‘Other Side,’ ‘By The Way,’ and ‘Soul To Squeeze’ among many others.  Audiences can watch the band perform its new single ‘Dark Necessities’ now from that concert at RollingStone.com.  The trailer for the band’s performance can be viewed here.

The Getaway is the eleventh full-length Red Hot Chili Peppers studio recording and the band’s first since its 2011 album I’m With YouThe Getaway was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Grammy® Award-winning producer/engineer Nigel Godrich.  Before Godrich came on board with the band, famed producer Rick Rubin had helmed the band’s records for the past twenty-four years.

More information on Friday night’s performance is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.redhotchilipeppers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiliPeppers

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChiliPeppers

 

 

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