Chilis Heat Up The Road

Feb. 16, 1996 -- It was a week that found the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally back out on the road -- with wonder guitarist Dave Navarro firmly on board, and drummer Chad Smith recovered from a broken wrist -- 5 months after the release of their latest album, "One Hot Minute." The Peppers are touring the country with Australia's Silverchair as opening act. We stopped by to welcome the lads back when they played New York City.

MTV: Chad Smith may have been the injured one in the hospital, but after 2 months of touring Europe, all the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were just about exhausted.

DAVE NAVARRO, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Chad calls me from the hospital and says, "I broke my wrist." And I was like... I didn't know how to feel because part of me was like, "That's the greatest thing I've ever heard," and the other part of me is like, "My friend is, like, down. My friend hurt himself."

CHAD SMITH, Red Hot Chili Peppers: It did put a damper, but now I'm psyched

to be out on the road again. We're very excited. I must apologize to everybody who bought tickets and stuff and hopefully it didn't inconvenience anybody.

MTV: The Chili Peppers are also excited to be out on the road now because they have implemented a new schedule to prevent future burn out.

ANTHONY KIEDIS, Chili Peppers: Play for 2 weeks. Take a couple of weeks off. Go back out for 2 weeks.

FLEA: I'm able to, for me personally, to give as much as I want to give at every show which is basically everything I have. And to still keep my sanity and keep my physical well being together.

MTV: At some of the dates the Peppers will have a pit right in front of the stage. Fragile people beware, but Dave Navarro likes the action.

NAVARRO: Seats versus an empty pit makes a big difference for me. If they're sitting in chairs in the front row kind of looking up, it's not their fault. They may be having a great time but I don't feel the connection and the energy

as much.

MTV: Joining the Chili Peppers on various dates are the Rentals, Spacehog and Australia's Silverchair. In the past, Silverchair have turned down other high profile tours, but opening for the Peppers is an entirely different story.

BEN GILLES, Silverchair: It's fun because it's with a...It's not like with a really dumb band. It's with a good band. But if it was like with a stupid band it would probably suck.

MTV: While Silverchair's grunge influences dismiss ostentation and showmanship, the Peppers still revel in it.

KIEDIS: A lot of bands sort of frown upon the showy thing, because they think it's pompous or bloated or unnecessary, so they just... You know, they try to concentrate on their earnest rockability of their band. But to me both together is where it's at.