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By Evan Gallagher, Contributor
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced they are going on tour for the first time in four years amongst talks of a new album coming out soon.
The Cali-based rock group took to social media on September 24th, giving the news to their audience through a mock newscast. The sketch featured the bandmates reporting from the fake “KHOT News”, announcing the tour in the form of a breaking story. This will be their first world tour since 2017.
Much of the excitement about the band going on tour is centered around their previous guitarist, John Frusciante, rejoining the group. Frusciante played on albums such as Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication and Stadium Arcadium. After his departure in 2009, he was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, whom Frusciante had worked with on previous projects. Klinghoffer had a 10-year run until Frusciante came back to the group in 2019.
“We just kind of picked up where we left off,” Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in an interview on the Pop Rocks SiriusXM show about Frusciante’s re-entry to the group. Smith has also made comments about an album being produced, but no official release date has been announced. With this being the first album with the guitarist since Stadium Arcadium in 2006, there are high expectations for how this album will turn out.
The band gave out their official tour dates on October 7th with concerts taking place in Europe and North America. They are planning on touring with big names such as The Strokes, A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent and Thundercat.