Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer suggests band may cut back on touring

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been on the road since last April and are scheduled to tour into the fall, but based on recent comments from drummer Chad Smith, maybe the band might not be eager to head out on another long tour anytime soon.

Smith told Eddie Trunk of SiriusXM Radio recently that he’s not sure how much more the band has in them in terms of lengthy concert tours.

“We were riding in a van after a gig and Flea was like, ‘How much longer do you think we should… How do you think we should end this?’”, Smith said, per “I was, like, ‘I don’t know!’ I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part… I don’t know if we can continue. I mean, three of us are 54 years old — Anthony, me and Flea. Josh [Klinghoffer, guitarist] is 38 or 39, so he’s a young man. But I don’t know if we can continue to do the long tours — the year, year and a half we normally do. That’s a good question.”

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“We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit. You kinda see that what’s gonna work for you maybe doesn’t necessarily work for other bands. But again, we’re just so grateful that people want to come and see us play, and we love to perform. I don’t know in the future how that’s gonna look.”

The current tour has dates into October, but time will tell what’s in store for the band after that. Perhaps some R&R in the future will get the band re-energized.

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