They might well have been all over the planet, as they boasted in their 1999 single Around the World, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers haven’t been around the North of England all that much.
They’re on their way back, though, this summer to play their third headlining slot at the annual Leeds Festival.
The US alternative rock act’s appearance at the West Yorkshire event, the 18th, at the end of August follows previous shows there in 1999 and 2007.
It’s their first date in the North since their show at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in June 2012 as part of a worldwide tour to promote their last album, 2011’s I’m With You.
That Wearside show was only the second in the North East for the band, formed in California in 1983, following a visit to Newcastle’s old Riverside club in 1990.
They have played in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool over the years, however.
The Chili Peppers, also appearing at the Leeds Festival’s sister event in Reading in Berkshire, are currently nearing completion of work on an as-yet-untitled follow-up to I’m With You, their 10th album and their fourth UK chart-topper in a row, after 2002’s By the Way, 2004’s Live in Hyde Park and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium.
It is being produced by Brian Burton, alias Danger Mouse, rather than regular collaboarator Rick Rubin. This will be the first time the band have hired anyone other than Rubin for production duties since Michael Beinhorn oversaw the making of Mother’s Milk, their fourth LP, in 1989.
Frontman Anthony Kiedis this week told a US radio station that the band are almost finished putting together the album, now being “in the home stretch”.
“We’re going to go back and listen to the songs and see if we can beat them,” said the 53-year-old.
The Chili Peppers – consisting these days of Kiedis, bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer – were among the first round of acts to be announced for the festival.
Besides their four No 1s, the band have hit the UK top 10 albums chart three times, with 1995’s One Hot Minute, a No 2; 1999’s Californication, a No 5; and 2003’s Greatest Hits, a No 4.
They’ve also hit the singles chart’s top 10 four times, with Give It Away, a No 9 in 1991; a cover of the Ohio Players’ 1976 US chart-topper Love Rollercoaster, a No 7 in 1996; By the Way, a No 2 in 2002; and Dani California, a No 2 in 2006.
They’ll also be playing in the US, Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Belgium and Austria later this year.
Event organiser Melvin Benn said: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading and Leeds 2016 as a festival exclusive.
“Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK’s biggest music festival.
“We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce, and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line-up. It’s going to be our best year yet.”
Among the latest set of acts to be unveiled are co-headliners Foals and Disclosure.
Indie rock act Foals, formed in Oxfordshire in 2005, are returning after playing a surprise set last year. This will be their debut headline performance at the Leeds Festival.
Joining Foals as co-headliners are electronic dance music duo Disclosure, formed in Surrey in 2010, and this is their first major UK festival headlining set too.
Benn added: “I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement, a co-headline with two of the most promising British acts out there.
“Foals’ secret set last year was a highlight for me, as I’m sure their debut headline slot will be, coupled with the phenomenal Disclosure.
“We’re very proud to be able to give these acts the recognition they deserve.”
Also on the bill for the festival, at Bramham Park, five miles south of Wetherby, are Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo, Imagine Dragons, Two Door Cinema Club, Fetty Wap, Nothing But Thieves, Crystal Castles, Parkway Drive, Hannah Wants, Champagne Steam Rooms, the Internet, Oliver Heldens, the 1975, Courteeners, Boy Better Know, Twenty One Pilots, Eagles Of Death Metal, Slaves, Hinds and Rat Boy.
Tickets are on sale now. Weekend tickets are £213, but prices for day passes have yet to be announced.
For details, go to www.leedsfestival.com