The Red Hot Chili Peppers could extend their current hiatus by another year, or perhaps even longer, according to a new interview with drummer Chad Smith at musicradar.com. Smith had told the same website last fall that the band was taking a year-long break after completing the touring cycle for its 2006 album, Stadium Arcadium. But the drummer has now become more vague about the group's future plans, saying, "I think when we're all ready to play again, when we feel like it's time to be the Chili Peppers again, we'll do it." Smith added cryptically, "You can't force anybody to play who doesn't want to. I'm not naming names. I'm just saying we all have to feel that the time is right to get it together."
Smith also admitted that he might have been off with his initial forecast for the band's return, explaining, "A year off might have been optimistic. Maybe it'll be two years, maybe more, who knows? . . . The thing is, we'll only get back together for the right reason: to play music with one another."
Despite the uncertainty about the Chili Peppers' future, Smith said that the last year has been "a very positive time in our lives, actually." Smith himself is gearing up for the spring release of the debut album from Chickenfoot, the new "supergroup" he's in with ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani.