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Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently carrying on their first tour in four years, after the release of their tenth studio album “I’m With You” in August this year. The record recently received a nomination at the Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.
The band, which is to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring, is currently composed of Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary (best known as “Flea”), Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. They came back touring with a high level of powerful dedication, giving their fans some of the best possible rock shows. Red Hot Chili Peppers are demonstrating that they are still “the real deal” with a career spanning 28 years.
On the year that marks the twentieth anniversary of the “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” release, the album that garned Red Hot Chili Peppers the huge success that have characterized them since then, the band performs shows that comprise its whole career, touching all of the aspects of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ musical style which mixes funk, alternative rock, as well as some elements pertaining to hip hop and punk rock. “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was remastered and reissued in 140-gram red vinyl on November 25th this year.
They play for two hours with no decline in excitement or fun. The arena becomes completely engulfed by the amusement that the band is clearly having. The shows usually open with “Monarchy of roses”, their recent single from the “I’m With You” album, and then go on with classics like “Under the Bridge”, “Can’t stop” and “Californication”, the latter accompanied by a background choreography that addresses the superficiality of our current society, as the song itself does, and also sends messages of self respect and true happiness, emphasizing the genuineness of this band.
One of the beautiful things about the show is undoubtedly the band members obvious love for what they are doing and their dedication to their fans. After more than 25 years, the band still has the enthusiasm of a group of friends who happened to make it big and see its dream come true.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are in great shape indeed: they do not only perform their beautiful songs, they fully live them, have fun with them, with the audience, and with each other. They play and interact with the audience, whose members get completely carried away. Besides the performance of the songs, there is also room for long jamming moments, and solos by Flea, Smith and Klinghoffer. The guitarist deserves a comment: he makes sure that no one will be missing the former guitarist Frusciante. Klinghoffer is confident, he fully participates to the show, and most of all he is great and fits the dynamics of the group perfectly.
Even if Red Hot Chili Peppers participated in the creation of rock history, they have kept their humility, which makes the show even more perfect. They respect the fans and completely give themselves to them. They often express their gratitude to those who actually made their dream come true: their fans. It happens too often in the music industry that bands forget that their fans play a central role in their success which leads to loss of humility: clearly not the case with Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tour is a mixture of fun, love, power, respect and, even more, it is one of the best expressions of great, genuine, music. A must do for anybody who wants to live the ultimate rock experience.
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