Are Red Hot Chili Peppers Retiring?

July 18, 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist bassist Flea has addressed a rumour of the band retiring (watch the video below).

What could have sparked this rumour? Last week, Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith said he ‘didn’t know if the band could continue’ to tour.

“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 said. “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 added: “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.”

Watch Flea’s reaction to retirement rumour: 

Flea told TMZ, “I don’t know if you know it, but that’s just silly talk. We never really look past the immediate future, but we’re on tour right now, we’re rocking out, we feel in the spirit, letting the music move us.

“To be honest, since we first started this band 35 years ago, I’ve never ever known what’s next or round the corner or anything. I think the power of the band lies in that – just staying in the moment and the energy that’s moving.”