Red Hot Chili Peppers putting best foot forward

By Derrik J. Lang

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

The hall of fame honor comes at a time when the group is literally getting back up on its feet. The North American leg of the tour in support of their 10th studio album, "I'm With You," had to be postponed earlier this year when Kiedis needed surgery on his foot, which was reinjured in St. Barts during a game of "toilet tag," a rollicking variation on the childhood classic.

"We had to derail the whole momentum of this beautiful tour we were on," said Kiedis, whose foot has since healed. "We were really having a good time. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because not only did I get to slow down and surgically repair this busted hoof, but we all got to be home for the most beautiful winter on record in Los Angeles."

For the sometimes manic but always thoughtful Flea, who was born Michael Balzary, the unexpected break provided him with time to learn how to play bebop music and train for the LA Marathon. (He finished with a time of 3:41:49, improving on his time of 3:53:00 from last year's marathon.) More importantly, he said it was an opportunity for introspection.

"I've come to a place in my life where I accept the difficult parts and embrace them," said Flea. "Whereas, before I was sort of trying to minimize the hard parts and maximize the fun parts. Now, I just want it all. I want the pain. I want the suffering, as well as the transcendent beauty of playing with my loved ones. I'm into it."

During the downtime, Flea also started writing new music with Klinghoffer, who joined the band in 2009 and co-wrote on "I'm With You." It's something that Kiedis expects to continue on their tour, which picked back up March 29 in Tampa, Fla., and is scheduled to continue through Nov. 1 in Milwaukee, Wis., with stops in the United States, Canada and Europe.

"In the past, we traditionally write, record, tour, take a little break, write, record, tour, you know, that whole thing," said Kiedis, who detailed the band's sorted history and his own struggles with addiction in his autobiography "Scar Tissue" in 2004. "This time, for whatever reason, it feels like new music is waiting in the wings to happen."




Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang .

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