In news that doesn’t bode well for Aussie fans still waiting for Red Hot Chili Peppers to bring their The Getaway album tour down under, drummer Chad Smith has just hinted that the band could stop touring altogether.
“We were riding in a van after a gig and Flea was like, ‘How much longer do you think we should… How do you think we should end this?’”, Smith recounts.
“I was, like, ‘I don’t know!’ I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part… I don’t know if we can continue.”
He adds: “I mean, three of us are 54 years old — Anthony, me and Flea. Josh [Klinghoffer, guitarist] is 38 or 39, so he’s a young man. But I don’t know if we can continue to do the long tours — the year, year and a half we normally do. That’s a good question.”
But all is not lost, with Smith also suggesting that the band — who released their debut album 33 years ago — could par back their hectic touring schedule to make time for their families as they get older, rather than just quitting altogether.
“We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit. You kinda see that what’s gonna work for you maybe doesn’t necessarily work for other bands”, he says.
“But again, we’re just so grateful that people want to come and see us play, and we love to perform. I don’t know in the future how that’s gonna look.”
Hopefully they decide to pay their fans down under a visit at least one more time before hanging up their instruments for good.
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System Of A Down
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