As the Red Hot Chili Peppers wind down their touring in support of 2011's "I'm With You," drummer Chad Smith predicts it won't be too long before the group starts working on its next album.
"We're probably looking at getting together in September and getting on a roll and starting to write songs for the next record," Smith tells Billboard. "We always have little ideas percolating in jams and rehearsal warm-ups and sound checks and gigs. Sometimes we bust into stuff... We just kind of play whatever, so we always have those little tidbits. But we don't have any fully-formed songs until the four of us get in a room together. That's when the real writing process starts. So, yeah, we're looking at the fall."
"I'm With You" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 589,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The cycle isn't quite over, however; the group has five shows slated for this year, including the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, a pair of performances in Anchorage, Alaska, the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco and -- closest to Smith's heart -- a June 8 co-headlining spot on Metallica's Orion Music + More bash in his home town of Detroit.