Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio launches on SiriusXM

It’s official. We can “give it away, give it away, give it away now” that Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio will launch on Wednesday, 6/15 at 3 pm ET in celebration of the band’s new studio album, The Getaway. Actor and comedian Chris Rock, super-fan and longtime friend of the band, will host the limited-run channel (Ch. 34).

Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio will feature music spanning the band’s entire career, including new music from The Getaway, which is scheduled to be released on 6/17. The channel will also include commentary from the band on writing, recording and performing live. RHCP Radio will air songs by influential artists hand-picked from the band’s personal music collection, including artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, Minutemen, as well as ’90s alternative and grunge.

Rock, who inducted the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012 and directed (and starred in) the music video for the 2007 single Hump de Bump, will introduce music and share personal stories about their nearly 20-year friendship.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio will run through Tuesday, 6/21 and will also be available through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at

In the meantime, here’s a bit of what you’ll hear on the station.

On the band’s first show:

“The very first show, we had one song,” frontman Anthony Kiedis recalled. “We played one song that we had written the day earlier, and the club owner came running up to us after we played one song and left the stage, and he said, ‘Can you come back next week with two songs?’ and we were like, ‘Yeah, we can come back with another song next week.’ And it’s because there was a connect, an energetic exchange that was palpable.” – Anthony Kiedis

On excitement for performing new material:

“We love our body of work, but we’ve played it a lot. We tour a lot, we play a lot of shows, so we’ve played all of our old songs many, many times” Kiedis explained. “And they still have a lot of life and energy, but this new record, there isn’t a song on there that I can’t picture playing live.

On working with Danger Mouse:

“We decided to work with this guy Danger Mouse,” bassist Flea said. “He has such a different recording process and a different attitude than Rick Ruben, who we had worked the last 20 years. It was challenging to do something completely different.”

On the most important key to success in music: 

“The single most important thing to me, along with obviously the quality and the craftsmanship of the music, is the willingness to sacrifice to satisfy the gnawing hunger and striving to get better and to grow and to do something new. You know what I mean? That’s everything,” Flea said. “If I don’t have that fascination and excitement. I don’t want to do it. I’d rather sit on the beach and eat papayas.”

On why Chris Rock loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

“It’s amazing they still have the hunger to make new music,” Rock said. “And it’s amazing that I want to hear it because you do get to a point with all bands where you’ve kind of like heard enough, not that you don’t want to hear them anymore, you just want to hear the hits. It’s very odd that somebody can have a hit record 20 years after their first hit records. That kind of never happens. …I hope I can be funny that long, but not just funny, [but that] people [also] care. That’s the thing.”

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