Has a broken arm set back the recording plans for the 11th studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Bassist Flea apparently busted his arm in mid-February while snowboarding, and admitted in a Twitter exchange with fans on Sunday (March 8th), “Can’t play for a couple of months which is a serious change to my life.”
The Chili Peppers worked on new material in 2014 and were preparing to go into the studio in early February, having announced Danger Mouse as their new producer. But on February 17th, Flea posted a photo of himself on Instagram showing most of his left arm and hand in a cast with the caption “Oops.”
The band has not officially announced any delay in recording, although if Flea cannot play bass for a “couple of months” then it seems certain that the sessions won’t begin until sometime in April at the earliest.
After making six records with acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, going back to 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the quartet confirmed earlier this year that they would work with Danger Mouse, ak.a. Brian Burton, who has previously produced the Black Keys, Beck, Portugal.The Man and many others.
Drummer Chad Smith hinted at a change in the way that the band recorded in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “We’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band.”
The new Chili Peppers album is due out sometime this year and will follow up 2011’s I’m With You.