No one is more versatile than James Corden. Who else could follow up a classy, belty Broadway “Carpool Karaoke” with a head-banging, dashboard-pounding shirtless adventure with the directionally challenged Red Hot Chili Peppers?
But it’s not all rock. Flea breaks into a number from the musical Oliver!, even outsinging a shocked and clearly impressed Corden before launching into a little ditty called “Heemi Lheemey,” a yodel-y nonsensical chant his and Anthony Kiedis‘ 15-year-old selves came up with while hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range — while high, naturally.
Flea and Kiedis are particularly chatty, and the latter has a story you need to hear about a time when Cher was his babysitter. Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer are decidedly quieter in the back seat but equally game, though they want nothing to do with the shirtless singing part of the ride. But James is the best sport ever and he, Anthony and Flea let it all (OK, almost all) hang out.
Oh, and they sang. From “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge” and “Californication,” to their new single “Dark Necessities.” They cap off the carpool with “By the Way,” and Corden couldn’t be more in awe of the band, saying, “I never expected this to be as fun as it has been. People say ‘Don’t meet your heroes,’ but I don’t think they’ve ever met the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Aw, James. You’re our hero. What did we ever do before “Carpool Karaoke”?
The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:30 a.m. ET on CTV Two.