“Despite my elation at our reunion, it took awhile for us to find the groove. John was rusty, both mentally and physically. I was a pile of rust dust, too, but slowly and surely, things started getting better. There was a lot of joy emanating from Flea’s house. He had two dogs, a mastiff named Martian and a feisty boxer called Laker. Every day we’d make tea in the kitchen, play with the dogs, and then go out to the garage and work. Flea had set up the rehearsal space like a recording studio, so at the end of the session, I’d leave with tapes of the new music to lyricize. Everyone was having fun. It was if we had nothing to lose, nothing to lose, nothing to gain. We didn’t care; we were making music for the sake of making music.” — Anthony Kiedis about Californication.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers backstage during the Californication era. - 1999.