"Of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together," drummer Chad Smith says in a new interview.
After a decade-long absence from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante rejoined the band in December 2019, just before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In the time since, the band has been busy recording their upcoming album -- their first with Frusciante since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium -- and according to drummer Chad Smith, it's "almost done."
“We’re getting along great,” Smith told Rolling Stone in an interview published Tuesday (Oct. 13). “John’s been back for a while now, so it feels completely natural. … We’re really listening to each other in a new way.” Smith also reflected on Frusciante's current work ethic, adding, “He’s so dedicated. ... He’s so into it. He’s working so hard. We’re all working hard, but he’s in there with all the overdubs and the magic that he brings.”
Frusciante -- who was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer after his exit in the summer of 2009 -- was initially set to re-debut with the band on the festival circuit, but COVID-19 caused the band's plans to be postponed. It worked out well for the Chili Peppers, as they were able to sit down and get to work on their next album instead, which currently does not have a release date or title.