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David Bowie Declined To Work With The Red Hot Chilli Peppers On Multiple Occasions

Written by Michael Carr on January 29, 2016

It turns out Coldplay weren’t the only band who were turned down by David Bowie when asked to collaborate, as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have just revealed they were turned down multiple times by the Thin White Duke.

Speaking on Joney’s Jukebox radio show earlier in the week, RHCP frontman Anthony Keidis recalled how they had first approached Bowie to produce an album with them.

“Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion. ‘Who should we get to produce this record?’ ‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’ ‘Let’s get David Bowie!’ ‘Okay, let’s call him.'”

Going on, Keidis explains how “in the beginning we would call him, and he would say ‘no’, respectfully.

“Then later we would write long emails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear [RHCP drummer] Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”

“We asked him to produce By the Way… and then we asked him again for our next record, which was Stadium Arcadium.

Still while Bowie may have rebuffed the band on several such occasions, the record for RHCP knockbacks goes to Brian Eno.

“He [Bowie] said no to us two or three times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no eight times.”

All I can say is thank god that Bowie learned his lesson about questionable collabs when he teamed up with Mick Jagger to cover Dancing In The Street. One legacy threatening career event is enough thank you very much.

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