Red Hot Chili Peppers will be “concentrating on writing more songs” in 2018, says Chad Smith

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers had a busy 2017, spending much of the year touring in support of their latest album, 2016’s The Getaway. The band’s 2018 looks to be a bit quieter, but drummer Chad Smith says they’ll still be working.

“We’re just gonna take a break for the rest of this year, and then we’ll start up [and] probably write some more songs next year,” Smith tells ABC Radio. “Hopefully [we’ll] make a record at some point. That’s the plan.”

As for touring plans, the Peppers will play a California wildfire benefit show in San Francisco on Thursday, December 14, and they’ll be headlining the Lollapalooza South America festivals in Argentina, Chile and Brazil in March. Other than that, Smith says the band doesn’t plan to spend too much time on the road in 2018.

“There’s not gonna be any more touring next year, really,” he says. Instead, writing new song will be the Chil Peppers’ priority.

“We’re just concentrating on writing more songs and getting better and trying to keep doing what we’re doing, ’cause we love it,” Smith says.

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