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A couple of weeks ago, this Web site reported that The Getaway, the 11th album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was released. One of the tracks, Sick Love, has Elton on piano.

“The song that he plays on was a song that we were working on for awhile before we started recording it,” said guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, “and it just sounded like Elton was involved somehow, someway, So we thought we should just invite him down and see if he likes it and wants to play on it.”

The melody to Sick Love is said to be similar to Elton’s Bennie and the Jets.

Indeed, in a new interview with RTL, Anthony Kiedis admits that his band borrowed chords from the ’70s hit for their composition.

“We wrote a song called Sick Love, which I like very much, and wanted to keep. The chords in the verse were very inspired by Bennie and the Jets. The song is very different, but there’s chords in there which I think belong to Bennie and the Jets, so we wanted to get the permission of Elton John, and we also wanted to give him credit for his chords, they’re his. We called him up and we said, ‘We wrote a song, we’d like to ask your permission to use your chords, and would you also come play on the record?’ ”

Elton agreed.

”He’s funny, he’s warm, he’s humble…a true gentleman! He’s been through anything, and now he plays in our band!” Anthony exclaims.