Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Michael Beinhorn discussed firing Anthony Kiedis from the band in the 1980’s in a new Produce Like A Pro interview with Warren Huart. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
Michael Beinhorn said, “Well, it reflected a lot of them. Anthony, too. We went through hell on the first record [Uplift Mofo Party Plan]. And you know, it got to a point where- there’s no nice way to put it, I actually kicked him out of the band, which is not my position at all but I was like, ‘you know, you’re disrespecting the rest of your band. This can’t go on. This project’s going to fall apart. Get out.’
And, somehow, he had the force of will to go back to Michigan and clean up. The band spent like another month- month and a half, auditioning singers which of course didn’t work out. And Anthony just asked if he could come back and try again and you know, at that point I was like, ‘If you’re going to do this, I’m going to get behind you 100%. I’ll give you whatever you need so you can succeed.’ And that was it.”
Huart said, “That’s amazing. I mean obviously, it’s hard to even think how it’d make sense without him.”
Beinhorn added, “Yeah, it couldn’t. Believe me. We had plenty of opportunities to find out with all the singers those guys auditioned. It’s kind of heartbreaking.”