May 6 [7:55 EST] -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers are still together but they're not together enough to perform at the giant Tibetan Freedom Festival in June, says the group's lawyer and acting manager, Eric Greenspan.
The Chili Peppers were announced by the charity festival organizers last week but canceled two days later. The band should be ready for the next event on their calendar, though, the Mt. Fuji Festival in Japan on July 26. If all goes according to plan, they'll be appearing alongside Beck, Rage Against the Machine, Green Day and the Foo Fighters.
Greenspan says the band wanted to play the benefit but singer Anthony Kiedis had been out of the country until just a few weeks ago and there was simply not enough time for rehearsals.
"It's one thing to go to Japan," says Greenspan. "It's another to come into New York in front of 200,000 after not playing for close to a year. 'Are you sure this is the right thing to do? I don't think so.' Cooler heads prevailed."
The Tibetan Fredom Festival is being staged at the Downing Stadium on Randall's Island in New York June 7 and 8. Nearly two dozen top acts are performing to aid the Milarepa Fund, an organization fighting civil liberties violations in Tibet.
The RHCP newsletter also tells fans to watch for dates in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Honolulu, and Alaska in July and August; and Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Puerto Rico in November. The band's booking agency confirms that they are working on scheduling shows in those areas but adds that no contracts have been signed.
While the tour may sound extensive, most of the stops will be single large festivals -- one appearance per country -- thus the number of shows is minimal by touring standards.
The band hasn't played together since last Fall at which time Anthony Kiedis's father told fans: "...The tour's over and then some. They canceled the last seven U.S. dates
in the South cause they were ready to explode or break up or kill each other. I'd say next summer would be earliest they'd do any more shows -- if ever -- Flea would love to stop touring all together..."
Since coming off the road, the bandmembers have been jamming together in various configurations and side projects. Last month's Spin magazine quotes guitarist Dave Navarro as saying the Red Hot Chili Peppers were planning on recording their eighth album when Kiedis returned from a retreat in India. According to Greenspan, the singer was in India, Tibet, Australia and other countries playing tourist.