Red Hot Chili Peppers in LA
Tick tock I want to rock you like the 80’s.
On Monday I was lucky enough to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform live at The Roxy (capacity 500) on the Sunset Strip for a tiny private concert that will air on Fuse TV, August 30th, in celebration of their latest album I’m With You.
Last week RHCP premiered their new video, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, filmed on location atop a building in Venice Beach back in July. Watching this feel-good summer spot immediately made me ready to get my disco on and dance. And that is precisely what this particular show did. It packed a punch of new and old songs that made us more than happy to move & groove.
Now I know I will be dating myself; however this is the first time seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers live since Lollapalooza 1992. CAR-AY-ZEE. So there was no way I could miss it this opportunity. Watching Flea perform is like watching the most beautiful music come to life. He plays, he jumps, he dances, he struts, he has a blast! When you break it down the reason is simple: the Universe created Flea as the definition of cool and he is arguably the most brilliant bassist the world has ever witnessed. Next time you hear of a big name band playing a super duper teeny tiny venue, you better jump through hoops to catch that show…you have no idea what you are missing until you do.
Sidebar – Reason 4,958,304,958,430,958 Flea is filled with awesomesauce besides just his wonderful work with The Silverlake Conservatory of Music…him rocking the violet coif & hot pink Pumas with yellow stripe and teal laces. AH-MAZE-ING!
Right before we walked into the show I ran into Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith, in the parking lot. There is something about bumping into big time musicians randomly in parking lots throughout Hollywood I will never get used to. I’m immediately five years old again with a school girl crush. So I did what I usually do, I smiled, politely said, “Hello,” handed him a Sharpie and asked him to sign my little one’s music book under “D is for Drums…” which he did without even thinking twice. (Thanks Chad!)
Once the show began, Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante’s replacement, Josh Klinghoffer, really delivered the goods. The diehard fans were out of their skulls excited, the fans that just know the radio MTV hits bopped around until they cheered loudly when songs like Give It Away played and then the fans that lie somewhere in the middle, (i.e. moi,) really left with a whole new appreciation of the band that has stood the test of time without ever neglecting their roots.
Photo credit: Casey Rodgers
What band would you love to see at a small venue or party that held less than 500 people?
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