David Bowie Turned Down Producing For The Red Hot Chili Peppers

January 28, 2016
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In an interview with Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the frontman revealed the band's multiple attempts to try to get David Bowie to produce two of their albums:

"Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion.

'Who should we get to produce this record?'

'I don't know, we have to try someone new!'

'Let's get David Bowie!'

'Okay, let's call him.'

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So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say 'no', respectfully. Then later we would write long e-mails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For 2 minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I'd be like, 'We're good, we could do something else.'"

Kiedis concluded, saying, "We asked him to produce By The Way, as we were writing By The Way, and then we asked him again for our next record, which was Stadium Arcadium. He said 'no' to us 2 or 3 times, but his mate [BrianEno, who we've also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said 'no' 8 times."

(source: Alternative Nation)