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OTRC: Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, 'I'm With You,' is released, features new blood

The cover of the 2011 Red Hot Chili Peppers album 'I'm With You.' / The Red Hot Chili Peppers band members appear in this photo posted on their group's Facebook page on July 21, 2011. (Warner Bros. Music / Clara Balzary / facebook.com/ChiliPeppers)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their 10th studio album, "I'm With You," which is the rock group's first major record in five years and the first to feature guitarist Josh Klinghoffer following the 2009 departure of John Frusciante.

Rolling Stone magazine quoted bassist Flea as saying that the album is similar to records by iconic 1960s rock group the Rolling Stones. The publication also dubs "I'm With You" the group's "Comeback Album," which USA Today says contains "elements of hip-hop, disco and psychedelia" but consists mostly of "melodic Stones-ian rock."

"I'm With You" is also the Grammy-winning band's first album in 15 years without Frusciante. He left the group in 1992, a year after the release of the album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," which contains the hit songs "Under The Bridge," "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss." He then battled heroin, cocaine and alcohol addiction and depression and spent time in rehab.

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro played guitar on the group's following album, the 1995 record "One Hot Minute." Frusciante rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1998 and was featured on the group's next albums, starting with "Californication" in 1999, "By the Way" in 2002 and "Stadium Arcadium" in 2006.

Klinghoffer, who is 31 and is a friend of 40-year-old Frusciante, played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 2007 world tour.

The group then went on a hiatus, which bassist Flea, 49, told SPIN magazine that he "initiated."

"I just really needed to get away," he said. "It had come to a point where it felt dysfunctional and not fun. Even though I felt that we made a good record, played good shows, and honored our position in the rock world, I wanted to get away to give the band a chance to survive."

Flea studied music for a year at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music for no school credit.

"My time away from the band has really made me appreciate it and also realize how much I love Anthony," Flea told SPIN, referring to 48-year-old lead singer Anthony Kiedis, his longtime friend. "The dude's my brother. I realized how much it meant to me to continue playing with him and Red Hot Chili Peppers."

In late 2009, Frusciante, who had released solo material throughout the years, announced he was leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers again.

"Flea and John had a special relationship," Klinghoffer told Rolling Stone. "I saw it for years. That Flea and Chad (Smith) and Anthony could open up and let someone else in, someone new, is amazing to me."

"I'm With You" was released on Monday, August 29. The first single, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie," was released in July. The band is promoting the new album with a live performance that will be screened at various theaters across the United States on Tuesday, August 30.

Check out a track listing for the album "I'm With You," the trailer for the group's performance of its tracks and the music video for "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" below.

1. "Monarchy of Roses"
2. "Factory of Faith
3. "Brendan's Death Song"
4. "Ethiopia"
5. "Annie Wants a Baby"
6. "Look Around"
7. "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
8. "Did I Let You Know"
9. "Goodbye Hooray"
10. "Happiness Loves Company"
11. "Police Station"
12. "Even You Brutus?"
13. "Meet Me At the Corner"
14. "Dance, Dance, Dance"

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