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Red Hot Chili Pepper Drummer Hopes Band Will Begin Working on Next Album at End of Summer

Photo: Ellen von UnwerthNeed more proof that we won't have to wait another five years to get our hands on the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album?  Drummer Chad Smith says that the guys hope to head into the studio to work on the follow-up to 2011's I'm With You after their appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, in June.

"There's always little ideas percolating," he tells ABC News Radio.  "Probably when we finish [touring] in the end of the summer we'll start writing some new songs.  Everybody's got little ideas and soundcheck jams and stuff like that but we really get down to the nitty-gritty when we all get in a room together and just start playing and see what happens."

Smith adds that some new music soon will be available from the band as the Peppers are readying the next installment of their vinyl Singles Club, which features extra tracks from their I'm With You sessions.

"We have a couple more [coming out]," he explains.  "I was talking to Josh [Klinghoffer], our guitar player, [and] he's doing a couple of little tweaks and then we mix them and send them out.  I think people like them.  For us, it was recorded a long time ago but for our fans, you know, they enjoy hearing new stuff."

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