The Red Hot Chili Peppers have caught the live-recording bug.
On Thursday night, the Peppers will hook up with acclaimed video director Wayne Isham to film the band’s concert in Portland, Oregon, for an upcoming DVD and home video.
Warner Bros. has yet to set a release date for the live DVD and video, and there are currently no plans for an accompanying album to be culled from the Chili Peppers’ show at Memorial Coliseum.
Isham, a 20-year music video veteran, has recently filmed clips for ‘NSYNC (“It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Bye Bye Bye”), Bon Jovi (“It’s My Life”), and Metallica (“I Disappear”).
During the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month, Isham’s clip for Aaliyah’s “Try Again” won a pair of Moonmen for Best Video From A Film and Best Female Video (see “UPDATE: Eminem, ‘NSYNC Tie At Top Of VMA Heap” ).
That same night, the Chili Peppers’ video for “Californication” took home
a pair of technical awards for Best Direction and Best Art Direction In A Video, and the band was also honored with the 2000 Video Vanguard Award.
Prior to the recent launch of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ summer outing, band bassist Flea talked with MTV Radio about the possibility of a live album being spawned from the group’s extended tour in support of “Californication.”
“Well, we’ve recorded a lot of stuff,” the bassist said, “and we’ve thought about doing live albums before, but I don’t know. A lot of time, bands do live albums to get out of their contracts and stuff.
“It would be great to do,” Flea admitted, “particularly
because we improvise a lot and it’s
always different. A lot of the songs that are on the records are metamorphosized into something completely different live. So to have a live album, at least it’d be different music for people to listen to. I don’t know. Maybe one day, maybe not.” [RealAudio]
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will wrap up its North American tour on September 22 in Seattle, with its next scheduled appearance to come at the annual Bridge School Benefit concerts on October 28 and 29 (see “Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews To Play Bridge School Benefit” ).