Red Hot Chili Peppers, also sometimes shortened to “The Chili Peppers” or abbreviated as “RHCP”, is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith; and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late-2009, replacing John Frusciante. Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On February 3, 2016, “Circle of the Noose”, one of the band’s most sought after unreleased songs and the only song recorded with Dave Navarro for the follow-up album to One Hot Minute before he was fired from the band, was leaked to the internet. The rough mix was recorded on March 16, 1998. Dave Navarro, who in 1997 said it was one of the greatest songs he ever played on, tweeted “WOW what a trip down memory lane” in response to the leak.Three days following the leak of the unreleased Navarro era song, the band played “Aeroplane” live for the first time since July 26, 1997, making it the first One Hot Minute song besides “Pea” (a song featuring only Flea) to be performed by the Chili Peppers since Navarro’s departure from the band.
Chad Smith posted an image on Twitter on March 21, 2016 stating that work has begun with Nigel Godrich mixing the new album. The following day it was reported that Elton John would appear on the album.