RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers may be harking back to their punk roots with their new Mohican hairstyles, but most of the material in this live show is taken from their later, more rock-oriented albums. Even without sports socks or gold paint, the Chills are still an entertaining live act, with their only gimmick a shower of ping-pong balls and shredded vegetables during the encore —paying ironic homage to the prankster image which perhaps used to over-shadow the band’s musical talents.
They’re obviously still full of energy. too: Flea jumps around like a hyperactive, well, flea, and six-packed singer Anthony Kiedis is as fast-talking as ever. This is, after all, a band which has survived heroin addiction, bereavements, motorcycle accidents and an ever-changing line-up. It’s good to see classic Chills oldies such as ‘Give It Away’, ‘Under The Bridge’, Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire’ (as featured on the infamous Abbey Road EP), ‘Scar Tissue’, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ and ‘Suck My Kiss — although the highlight remains the mellow 2001 hit, ‘Californication’.
Raw power and enthusiasm spurs the band on, with the audience obligingly supporting the expected crowd-surfing: although the band is approaching its 20th anniversary, this show proves that the Chills are clearly as popular now as they ever have been.