RHCP photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
OFF! at Europa in NYC (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Anthony Kiedis @ Rock Werchter in Belgium
OFF! (aka Keith Morris and gang) play Power of The Riff West this weekend in LA before heading out on tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers (seriously). Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be in Austin for ACL, are big OFF! fans, as you might know if you've seen Anthony Kiedis's favorite hat. In fact, he wore that hat again over the weekend at Lollapalooza, and recently at the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium which our own Tim Griffin was at. Some of Tim's pictures of RHCP from that fest are in this post.
New Times: It's become apparent that you've made a big fan out of Red Hot Chili Peppers' singer Anthony Kiedis as he has been living in his OFF! cap and invited the band on tour. I've heard you expect the younger fans to feel alienated by your going on tour with them, but are you concerned with how the current crop of RHCP fans will react to an OFF! set?Shortly after the RHCP tour, OFF! will embark on a string of tour dates in slightly more intimate venues with Negative Approach, Double Negative and Power Trip that will pepper Texas in September. Look for that crew to hit White Rabbit in San Antonio on 9/18, Trees in Dallas on 9/19 and The Studio (Warehouse Live) in Houston on 9/20, with Off looping back to play Fun Fun Fun Fest on November 3rd in Austin.
Keith Morris: Well, I'm at a point in my life where I can't be concerned with that kind of stuff. You just go out and do what you do. The fact of the matter is we caught some slack because of Anthony Kiedis, and I've known Anthony since the beginning of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anthony and Flea are my friends and if I want to go out and play shows with some of my friends, I'm going to.
I've been playing music for over 33 years, and I have some friends that are in extremely large bands. Maybe it's not cool to like them, but I couldn't care less. I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers because they're my friends, even though they did start a genre of music.
I've been extremely fortunate. I've been around a lot of different people on a lot of different levels, and my life has been extremely interesting, and if the Red Hot Chili Peppers ask us to play some shows, sure, we'll do it. We'll go out there and play in front of all of the people there to see RHCP and that means we've got to prove ourselves!
We could go out night after night and play to people who know who we are, and that's all fan-fucking-tastic, but part of our job is to take it up a couple of notches. Those people may hate us, but maybe they'll love us. There's only one way to find out and that's to do it.
All tour dates and a live video of the band performing "Feelings are Meant to be Hurt" and "Cracked" at Amoeba Music (full set here), along with other recent videos and those RHCP pictures, below...
OFF! - "Feelings Are Meant To Be Hurt" & "Cracked" (Live at Amoeba)
OFF! - "Borrow and Bomb" / "I Got News For You" (OFFicial video)
Refused w/ Keith Morris - Police Story - Nervous Breakdown 7/26/12 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
OFF! - 2012 TOUR DATES
Aug 11 Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival) Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12 STAPLES Center (w/Red Hot Chili Peppers) Los Angeles, CA
Sep 14 Martini Ranch Scottsdale, AZ *
Sep 15 The Rock Tucson, AZ *
Sep 16 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM *
Sep 18 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX *
Sep 19 Trees Dallas, TX *
Sep 20 The Studio (Warehouse Live) Houston, TX *
Sep 21 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA *
Sep 22 DeLuna Fest Pensacola Beach, FL *
Sep 23 Freebird Live Jacksonville Beach, FL *
Sep 25 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL *
Sep 26 Grand Central Miami, FL *
Sep 27 The Social Orlando, FL *
Sep 28 The Loft Atlanta, GA *
Sep 29 40 Watt Club Athens, GA *
Sep 30 Kings Barcade Raleigh, NC *
Nov 03 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
Jan 14 Vector Arena (w/Red Hot Chili Peppers) Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 15 Vector Arena (w/Red Hot Chili Peppers) Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 18 Showground (Big Day Out) Sydney, Australia
Jan 20 Parklands (Big Day Out) Gold Coast, Australia
Jan 25 Showground (Big Day Out) Adelaide, Australia
Jan 26 Flemington Racecourse (Big Day Out) Melbourne, Australia
Jan 28 Claremont Showground (Big Day Out) Perth, Australia
* w/ Negative Approach, Double Negative & Power Trip
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS AT ROCK WERCHTER: