Feeds

Please don't download our album, sob Red Hot Chilis

Emotional appeal for more riches

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Mainstream rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers have resorted to emotional blackmail to prevent their fans from downloading illegal copies of their new album before it is released on 9 May.

Flea, their much-admired bassist, and a man who, like the other "peppers", is wont to make an exhibition of his naked torso, told fans in a letter posted on the website of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan Club on Tuesday that it would "break my heart" if they downloaded the new album.

He called upon the sensitive souls of his colleagues, who together form one of the biggest selling bands in the world, as expert witnesses in his case: "it will break john frusciante's heart. it will break anthony kiedis's heart. and it will break the heart of chad smith," he wrote.

But Flea, also known as Michael Balzary, also said there were "equitable business reasons" why fans should buy the album, citing the hard work the band members had put into it.

The group is thought to have sold 50m albums and is not short of a bob or two. But that does not mean they are any less human. Flea confessed how deeply hurt the band would be to think their fans had to listen to poor quality copies of music they had put so much time into producing.

Indeed, he said the thought "bums all of us out", and guitarist John Frusciante in particular would be "hurt deep inside".

The Chili Peppers' record company and numerous retailers are counting on making big bucks out of the new album, "Stadium Arcadium".

Fans should, he said, appeal to their own consciences before deciding whether to download the new album or buy it in the shops. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.