Chad Smith Drum Clinic Iceland 2017

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Date: Sunday 30th July, 2017

Location: Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland

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Harpa, Reykjavik

RHCP in Reykjavik! We arrived in Iceland on the Sunday morning as I didn’t want to risk going there on Monday, the day of the concert. I had absolutely no idea that Chad was due to do a drum clinic in Iceland that evening. I knew of the RHCP concert the following night and nothing else. As we were being dropped off at our hotel from the airport transfer, the driver noticed my RHCP t-shirt and asked if we were there for the concert. He then went on to say that Chad Smith was doing a solo show in Reykjavik that night at Harpa. It was sheer chance I found out about it.

Harpa is a purpose built music/entertainment centre on the harbour and it is a really stand out building so we knew where it was from previous visits to the city. I tried to find out some information but it was hard as everything was in Icelandic so I decided to call into Harpa in person as were had planned to walk along the harbour that day and, as most people in Iceland speak English, I thought it might be easier. Luckily, there were still tickets available and we were sorted!

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The Evening

We decided to eat at the nearby Hard Rock Café as I’d promised the kids we’d eat there one night and it was really close to the venue. Plus, one of Chad’s jumpsuits is on display there so we thought we’d have a Chad evening.

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(It’s really hard to take photos of this because of the reflections in the glass)

After the meal, we walked across to Harpa and since we were early, there was only one person in the queue before us and we were able to get front row seats directly in front of Chad! I don’t think Icelanders do the queue for hours before an event thing (the same was true for the actual concert with only a handful of people being there before 6; the doors opened at 6.30p.m.)

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The tickets stated a 7p.m. start but the audience was still trickling in at that time. It was pretty much a full house so we’d been really lucky to get tickets. Chad actually came on about 7.10 p.m. and the clinic (Chad joked about the event sounding like a medical procedure) lasted about an hour and a half. The drum kit was set up on a slightly raised stage area but when Chad was speaking, he walked around the space between the stage and the audience.

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It’s strange playing on my own as there are “normally three little men running around in front of me.”

 

Chad began by saying how pleased he was to be in Iceland as it was his first visit there. He went on to speak about his early life and playing the drums e.g. the story about his first drum kit being made from ice-cream tubs.

“I’ve been playing drums since I was 7 and I’m now 112.”

 

He explained how he bought into the whole sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll thing as a teenager and started playing locally thus realising he’d not only found his passion in life but he could get paid to do it too. Chad’s love of playing the drums really came through as did his gratitude for having the life he does where he can follow his passion as a career.

Chad then went on to take questions from the audience; some were about drumming techniques and others were more general e.g. he answered one question by discussing in detail the (English) drummers who had influenced him greatly. He played the drums briefly a few times in-between talking and then went on to perform “karaoke drumming” where he played along to RHCP tracks; he’d play a song then talk and answer questions before doing another one. The three RHCP tracks covered were:

Breaking the girl
Readymade
Charlie

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Throughout the evening, Chad gave away all of the symbols lined up on the stage, drum sticks and other equipment; some things were awarded for asking interesting questions and others prizes for answering questions. After playing along to one of the RHCP songs, Chad got up and walked over to where we were sitting and passed the drumsticks he’d just been using to my daughter! He leaned over and quietly said, “Cool t-shirt” as he did so -she was wearing a RHCP tour t-shirt with ‘The Getaway’ album cover on the front. She was so happy!

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Chad was really entertaining and very funny all evening. It was very different to the other clinic I went to in Stoke-on-Trent as it was just Chad and therefore centred more on him rather than drumming techniques which the other one had.

Photos (from iPhone and camera)

RHCP on Tour 2017: Lativa

Date:27th July, 2017

Location:  Lucavsala Island, Riga, Latvia

Setlist:

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Photo Credit: Henrik Lewandowski

01 Can’t Stop

02 Snow ((Hey Oh))

03 The Zephyr Song

04 Dark Necessities

05 Mommy Where’s Daddy

06 Right On Time

07 Go Robot

08 Californication

09 I Like Dirt

10 Don’t Forget Me

11 Power of Equality

12 Higher Ground

13 I Could Have Lied

14 By The Way

Encore

15 Goodbye Angels

16 Give It Away

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Photo Credit: Henrik Lewandowski

Review with lots of photos Delfi Kultura

Many thanks once again to Henrik Lewandowski for all of the info and videos! And I think TheSincereGemini just about recorded the whole show!

 

RHCP on Tour 2017: Poland

Date: 25th July, 2017

Location: Cracovia Stadium, Krakow, Poland

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Photo Credits: Henrik Lewandowski

Setlist:

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01 Around The World

02 Dani California

03 Scar Tissue

04 Dark Necessities

05 Wet Sand

06 Search and Destroy

07 Go Robot

08 Californication

09 Aeroplane

10 BloodSugarSexMagik

11 Sick Love

12 Suck My Kiss

13 Under The Bridge

14 By The Way
Encore

15 Goodbye Angels

15 Give It Away

Thanks once again to Henrik Lewandowski!

RHCP on Tour 2017: Paris

Date: 23rd July, 2017

Location: Lollapalooza, Paris, France.

Set List:

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Photo credit: Henrik Lewandowski

01 Can’t Stop
02 Dani California
03 The Zephyr Song
04 Dark Necessities
05 The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
06 Me & My Friends (with ‘I wanna Be Your Dog’ before it)
07 Go Robot
08 Californication
09 Tell Me Baby
Josh: Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
10 The Getaway
11 Higher Ground
12 Soul To Squeeze
13 By The Way

Encore:
14 Goodbye Angels
15 Give It Away

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Photo credits: Henrik Lewandowski

Many thanks to Henrik once again for the live updates and especially tonight for battling on through all of the internet connection issues.

There was supposed to be a live stream of tonight’s concert but it was only available in France. About twenty minutes of the concert:

RHCP Tour 2017 Milano

Date: 21st July, 2017

Location: Milano Summer Festival, Milan, Italy

Setlist:

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Photo: Henrik Lewandowski

01. Around the World
02. Snow
03. Otherside
04. Dark Necessities
05. Hey
06. Fire
07. Go Robot
08. Californication
09. Charlie
10. Sick Love
11. Don’t Forget Me
12. Suck My Kiss
13. I Could Have Lied
14. By the Way

Encore

15. Goodbye Angels
16. Give It Away

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Photo: Henrik Lewandowski

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Photo: Simona Morisi

 

RHCP 2017 Postepay Rock in Roma

Date: 20th July, 2017

Location: Postepay Rock, Rome, Italy

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Josh Klinghoffer & Anthony Kiedis Roma, 2017
Photo credit: Henrik Lewandowski

Set List:

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Photo credit: Henrik Lewandowski

01 Can’t Stop

02 Dani California

03 The Zephyr Song

04 Dark Necessities

05 The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie

06 Right On Time

07 Go Robot

08 Californication

09 Aeroplane

10 The Getaway

11 Sir Psycho Sexy

12 Higher Ground

13 Under The Bridge

14 By The Way

Encore

15 Goodbye Angel

16 Give it Away

Information and live updates thanks, once again, to Henrik!

RHCP Tour 2017: Paléo Festival Nyon in Switzerland

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Photo credit: Henrik Lewandowski

Date: 18th July, 2017

Location: Paléo Festival Nyon, Switzerland!

Setlist:

01 Can’t Stop
02 Snow ((Hey Oh))
03 Scar Tissue
04 Dark Necessities
05 Wet Sand
06 Me & My Friends
07 Go Robot
08 Californication
09 Tell Me Baby
10 Sick Love (note: different writing, concealed text showing and line- looks like the original song has been covered over with an alteration)
11 Suck My Kiss
12 Soul To Squeeze
13 By The Way

Encore:
14 Goodbye Angels
15 Give It Away

Josh Klinghoffer’s solo was ‘Higgs Boson Blues’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Many thanks to Henrik once again for the live updates!

Media:

Midi Libre is running an article with some amazing photos.

Article with photos: RTS Culture

EPA is running a lot of photos from the concert: European Photopress Agency

RHCP 2017 Benicàssim, Spain

Date: 15th July, 2017

Location: Festival de Benicàssim, Spain

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Photos by Henrik Lewandowski

Setlist:

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Photo by Henrik Lewandowski

01 Around The World
02 Dani California
03 The Zephyr Song
04 Dark Necessities
05 Right On Time
06 Go Robot
07 Californication
08 Dreams Of A Samurai
09 Higher Ground
10 Under The Bridge
11 By The Way

Encore

12 Goodbye Angels

13 Fire

14 Give It Away

 

Many thanks yet again to Henrik Lewandowski for his live updates 🙂

RHCP at Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon

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Date: 13th July, 2017

Location: Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

Setlist:

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Photo courtesy of Henrik Lewandowski

Note: The set list seems to have been really revised and changed. Under The Bridge is also showing on there but my friend who was there hasn’t listed it as being played. He also has a video of What is Soul being performed.

01 Can’t Stop

02 Snow ((Hey Oh))

03 Dark Necessities

04 The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie

05 Nobody Weird Like Me

06 Go Robot

07 Californication

08 Aeroplane

09 Suck My Kiss

Josh Solo: Foi Na Cruz by Nick Cave

10 Soul To Squeeze

11 By The Way

Encore:

12 Goodbye Angels

13 Give It Away

All photos courtesy of Henrik Lewandowski

 

Many thanks once again to Henrik!

UPDATE: Nice review from BLITZ (It translates well into English through Google)