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By The Way Album Review and Red Hot Chili Peppers Illustration. Published in Rolling Stone Magazine on July 25th, 2002. "The Red Hot Chili Peppers swim around in the same inviting Southern California waters that inspired the Beach Boys, and discover that the incandescent hook can say as much as, if not more than, the testosterone-driven backbeat."Scan and Transcript

By The Way Album Review and Red Hot Chili Peppers Illustration.
Published in Rolling Stone Magazine on July 25th, 2002.

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers swim around in the same inviting Southern California waters that inspired the Beach Boys, and discover that the incandescent hook can say as much as, if not more than, the testosterone-driven backbeat."

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Drugs played an integral part in Anthony Kiedis’ writings on By The Way, as he had only been sober since December 2000. Tracks like “This Is the Place” and “Don’t Forget Me” expressed his intense dislike for narcotics and the harmful physical and emotional effects they caused him.

He referenced early Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak in “This Is the Place”, and describes how drug use forced him to miss the funeral: "On the day my best friend died/I could not get my copper clean". “Venice Queen” was composed lyrically as an ode to Kiedis’ drug rehabilitation therapist, Gloria Scott, who died shortly after he purchased her a home on California’s Venice Beach. It mourned her death as a painful loss: "We all want to tell her/Tell her that we love her/Venice gets a queen/Best I’ve ever seen."

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Greetings from the dimensions of invisible shapes and colors. The music on this record has expanded our space and made us bigger. Thank you for listening and being exactly where and who you are.Press Statement from the Red Hot Chili Peppers leading up to the release of By The Way.

Greetings from the dimensions of invisible shapes and colors. The music on this record has expanded our space and made us bigger. Thank you for listening and being exactly where and who you are.

Press Statement from the Red Hot Chili Peppers leading up to the release of By The Way.

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By The Way is 10 years old today! Released July 9th, 2002.

All paintings, photography and art direction is credited to Julian Schnabel and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The woman featured on the cover of By the Way is Stella Schnabel, Julian Schnabel’s daughter and Frusciante’s then-girlfriend. Regarding the artwork, Frusciante noted: "My girlfriend’s father offered to do the album art, so we sent him rough mixes of eight songs, and he just got the vibe of the album from that. He said that he wouldn’t be offended if we didn’t like it, but we loved what he did. He’s also given us great covers for all the singles. He’s a true artist."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers perform By The Way at Roman Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve party on St. Barts Island.

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“I still don’t know why they got a small, female Filipino to play me as a stunt person” – Anthony Kiedis (On the music video for By The Way)

“I still don’t know why they got a small, female Filipino to play me as a stunt person” – Anthony Kiedis (On the music video for By The Way)

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NEW Photos of Anthony Kiedis in Malibu on July 2nd 2011 in Malibu, California!Click here to see all 11 photos.

NEW Photos of Anthony Kiedis in Malibu on July 2nd 2011 in Malibu, California!
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