It’s been years since fans had the chance to get Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets, with the band’s last tour fading from memory behind a long hiatus. But 2011 has brought a lot of good news for Peppers fans with the announcement of a brand new record in June and a world tour that began Sept. 11.
Fans in the U.S. and Canada may have to wait a while to see when the Peppers’ tour will get there, because this fall appears to be filled with dates in other parts of the world. RedHotChiliPeppers.com has had a series of news posts this summer about the band’s new tour dates. They’ll be starting in September in Bogota, Colombia, then hop-scotching their way across Latin America with stops in Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. They follow up in October with a tour through Europe, including dates in Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and more. They’ll also be taking some time during November to make stops in Ireland and the U.K., including concerts at the Dublin and London O2 venues.
So what are fans expecting to hear? I’m With You, the new record, dropped Aug. 29 and has been garnering some rave reviews in the music press. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+, noting that one of the biggest changes has been the replacement of guitarist John Frusciante with Josh Klinghoffer. It hasn’t been a total changing of the guard, as Klinghoffer’s fretwork will feel familiar to those who have enjoyed listening to Frusciante over the years.
Still, EW.com says, “he isn’t simply a mimic; he rarely slips into massive power chords on the big hooks, instead letting Flea and Kiedis do the major melodic lifting (which is most apparent on the ambling ”Annie Wants a Baby”).” The review goes on to say that “restraint seems to be Klinghoffer’s greatest weapon; his sunshiny riffs on single ”The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” earn him the right to blow off a bit of feedback-laden steam on the bridge.”
The review notes that I’m With You rocks out. In fact, the reviewer says, you can pretty much rock out “like it’s 1989 again.” That’s welcome news for fans, who want to know that after all these years, their favorite band still has the skills necessary to kick things into high gear. Their last release was 2006′s Stadium Arcadium, which seems like ages ago, and furthermore, has left a lot of fans eager to hear some new material.
Fortunately for them, it seems like I’m With You will meet their expectations and surpass them. The Peppers have had some major hits in their catalog, with all-time highs including Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 and Californication in 1999. Fans have been waiting a long while for another record that they could consider a classic in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ discography.
Is I’m With You the one? We’ll have to see how it stands the test of time, but for the moment, it seems to reigniting a passion for the Peppers.