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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live
Date: 30/12/11, updated on 30/09/12 (37 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliant music, A good variety of music, An amazing atmosphere, T-shirtless Anthony and Flea
Disadvantages: Quite a few maintance issues with one mic, Choice of standing of seating meant standing was packed.
I'm gonna start this review simply with... Wow. I saw The Red Hot Chili Peppers last month (November 9th 2011) at the O2 arena London for the London leg of their new 'I'm With You' tour and for a band that have been around for more than a quater of a century they have still got so much power and energy that many bands and artists loose over the years. With the normal Anthony Kiedis on vocals (with a slightly more mature look than he had previously), Flea on bass and general crowd warming and Chad Smith on drums, there was a new edition in the form of Josh Klinghoffer on guitar replacing John Frusciante. Though there was a noticeable difference in sound between Klinghoffer and Frusciante, Klinghoffer brought his own feeling to the music but still kept a sence of familiarity evidence of his previous links with the band.
Walking into the O2 the atmosphere was brilliant even before the boys had stepped on. The stadium was full, especially the standing area which was packed (and eventually closed to any more people wanting in) with tickets given the option of standing or sitting. The warm up act, Fool's Gold, brought a refreshing African feel to the stadium though this wasn't something I personally enjoyed and had expected something a little different. Then they came on and within minuites were rocking the stage, greeted by the expected cheers and screams of fans. In typical style the tops of Anthony and Flea didn't stay on for very long, not that I was complaining. They played a variety of songs, both old and new, from the classics (Under the Bridge, Give it Away, Scar Tissue, etc) and some from their new album (The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, Monarchy of Roses, etc). All of which were played amazingly. The visuals were also made to match, some songs made of more complex images and lighting whilst others kept it simple focusing solely on the band and each individual member.
The comfort Kiedis and Flea portrayed on stage just shows how relaxed both men are performing, happy to skip on-off stage, lay on the speakers and just generally let go. This comfort is shown throughout their performance in both their presence and music. Chad also happy to show his talent, twirling and throwing his sticks throughout. New boy Josh really came into his part, playing some impressive solos and rocking out with Flea.
The show as a whole was brilliant, a good variety of Chili songs had something for fans both old and new. The O2 also provided it's normal good service, with a great variety of restaurants and pleasing maintance throughtout the show (however there appeared to be quite a few problems with one of the mics which lead to some delay). The music was what we were there for and they delivered, along with a healthy atmosphere and plenty of charming Flea. I would highly recommend seeing them live to any Red Hot Chili Pepper's fan, the feeling of their music and performance a whole lot more a,asking when they a there on front of you.
Summary: A brilliant experiance that I would happily go to again and again