When the Magik is flowing, there's no reason to turn off the tap.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently entered the studio with producer Rick Rubin to record two new songs for their greatest-hits record, which comes out in November. But the band was feeling so creative and inspired that it wound up cranking out more tracks.
"We wrote and recorded 15 songs, and they rock," bassist Flea wrote on the band's Web site. "We gave it no thought, we just rocked, and it worked well. It is the fastest we have ever recorded so much material."
The new songs aren't just spontaneous and rocking, they're also musically diverse, according to Flea. "We played a wide variety of music arranged into song format that is among the most diverse and dynamic good feeling sh-- we have ever done," he wrote. "It was the way to go. No thinking, just rocking."
The band will wrap up a European tour on Sunday and will begin a U.S. trek on September 6 in Bristow, Virginia. The 13 dates run through September 25 in Milwaukee and will also feature Queens of the Stone Age and French Toast.
The Chili Peppers' latest album, By the Way, which came out in July 2002, has sold 1.7 million copies, according to SoundScan.