Following reports that the CIA used an unidentified Red Hot Chili Peppers track as part of a torture technique against a terrorism detainee, drummer Chad Smith and bassist Flea have responded, saying the band was unaware of such activities and do not approve the CIA’s use of their music.
While much has been said of the torture techniques used by the US government in the early days of the War on Terror, including waterboarding and sleep deprivation, a prisoner named Abu Zubaydah was subjected to all 10 sanctioned torture techniques, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
UPDATE 2:09pm 09/04/14: The scan of the Rollling Stone interview with Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer dated April 24th and cited in this article has been revealed as a fake perpetrated by Stadium Arcadium forum user RHCPtv5.
After many, including USA Today and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, noticed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ guitars weren’t plugged into anything during their performance at Super Bowl 2014, RHCP bassist Flea has disclosed via Twitter that the band had “no choice” but to run tracks.
Following a much-hyped pre-Super Bowl performance from the Foo Fighters, the main musical festivities of the evening went off with a massive bang at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with a performance from pop king Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The lineups for Lollapalooza 2014‘s Chile and Argentina events have been unveiled, bringing the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Pixies and many more to South American audiences, with some Antipodean names thrown in for good measure.