Flea kickstarted Chilis comeback track; Hendrix movie rumour crushed; Hetfield ends fence battle; U2 recycle Claw; Ugly Kid Joe return

Classic: Chillis

Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis says The Ballad of Raindance Maggie, lead single from upcoming album I’m With You, started out as bassist Flea’s deliberate attempt to recapture the band’s trademark sound.

“He brought it in as a very specific exercise,” Kiedis reports. “He said: ‘I’m going to write a classic bass line – you can’t stop me.’ He brought it to us and said, ‘This is classic number one.’ On a good day you know if there’s music to wrestle with, and that was one of those moments.”

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Jimi Hendrix’s sister has shouted down rumours there’s another biopic under production after plans to make one were ditched last year.

She says: “We have made it known many times in the past that no film can be undertaken without our participation if it’s to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi.

“We are active in releasing documentary material starring Jimi as himself, and plan to continue on this path.”

Her company Experience Hendrix pulled out of biopic production in December leaving Legendary Pictures with the option of continuing without the rights to use the great man’s music or to give up – which they did.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield has finally reached a conclusion with officials in his home town over public access near his California property.

He had a large fence built to protect his privacy from overenthusiastic fans three years ago – but neighbours were upset because it obstructed a local walking route known for its pleasant views.

Now Hetfield has agreed to cooperate in the development of a new route. He’ll allow builders access to his land to do the work and he’s paying for improvement to roads leading to the pathway.

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Ugly Kid Joe have finished their first album since 1995 release Motel California, says drummer Shannon Larkin.

He explains: “A lot of the songs were written in 1998. It’s funny – you listen to the songs and it makes you laugh. It’s just a good-time rock band.”

Larkin, currently with Godsmack, is rejoined by bandmates Whitfield Crane, Klaus Eichstadt, Cordell Corckett and guitarist Dave Fortman, who recently produced Anthrax’s new record Worship Music.

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U2 will recycle their massive Claw stages at the end of their world tour by auctioning the parts off as souvenirs.

Three complete constructions have been used during the two-year event which ends on Canada on July 30. And fans will be able to buy parts at the end of that show.

A band spokesman says they expect some of the larger sections will be bought by big business for novelty value.

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