Red Hot Chili Peppers were the latest artists to cram in James Corden’s vehicle to help the Late Late Show host get to work on time for “Carpool Karaoke,” although the host likely regretted that decision as soon as Anthony Kiedis and Flea begin arguing about directions around Los Angeles within the first minute.
In addition to singing RHCP tracks “Give It Away Now,” “Under the Bridge,” “Californication,” new single “Dark Necessities” and a song from the musical Oliver!, Kiedis and Flea also debuted “Heemi Lheemey,” a nonsensical, quasi-yodel the pair wrote as 15-year-olds while “smoking large quantities of marijuana” in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
A conversation about Greco-Roman-style wrestling somehow results in Corden challenging Kiedis to a “grapple” – “I would destroy you,” the host warned the singer – and suddenly the two are on some stranger’s lawn, trying to take each other down like a pair of high school wrestlers. (Kiedis ended up pinning Corden.) “I didn’t realize what level you were at then. I didn’t see that coming, Kiedis,” Corden said. Drummer Chad Smith quipped, “It’s a new show, Front Lawn Wrestling.”
Later on in the ride, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer revealed his biggest nightmare is to one day be forced by the band to strip naked for a performance, while Kiedis indulged in tales of Cher babysitting him when he was 12. “She was fit and fine,” Kiedis reminisced.
The carpool ended with the singing of “By the Way” and Corden telling the band, “I never expected this to be as fun as it has been. People say ‘don’t meet your heroes,’ but I don’t think they’ve ever met the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
Watch Flea discuss the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album and how his snowboarding accident delayed it.