Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has revealed the band is currently at work on its 12th studio set. Blabbermouth transcribed sole of Smith chat on New York City's Q104.3, where he said, “There's a gag order on me. I do so many Zooms (video interviews), and they're, like, 'Why'd you say that?' There's something coming. I can say this: we're making a record, we're making new music, and it's very exciting. I don't know when it's coming out, but we can't wait for people to hear it, and we can't wait to perform for people. Just like everybody else that really misses that experience.”
The still-untitled unannounced new album will be the first since the Chili Pepper's 2016 top two collection, The Getaway, and the first since guitarist John Frusciante's return to the band in 2019, replacing the man who took over for him, Josh Klinghoffer.
Variety reported sources citing the Chili Peppers “selling their song catalog to Hipgnosis Songs for upwards of $140 million.” There has been no official announcement about the deal from the band.