Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has revealed that his band approached the late David Bowie to work with them – a request he repeatedly turned down.
“Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion. ‘Who should we get to produce this record?’, ‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’ ‘Let’s get David Bowie!’ ‘Okay, let’s call him.’, “ Kiedis explained to Jonesy’s Jukebox radio show.
“So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say ‘no’, respectfully. Then later we would write long emails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For two minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear [RHCP drummer] Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”
“We asked him to produce [2002 album] ‘By the Way’… and then we asked him again for our next record, which was [2006 LP] ‘Stadium Arcadium’. He said no to us two or three times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no eight times.”