Flea in Rolling Stone

There’s a brief interview with Flea in Rolling Stone- you can read the whole article HERE

He talks about the need for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music and says that removing music education from schools is,’child abuse.’

During the interview Flea also reveals details of this year’s fundraiser for the SCoM. It will take place on September 9th at the Conservatory itself as the new building gives them enough space. It will also feature an art auction with works by Thomas Houseago, Alison Mosshart, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha and Jonas Wood plus musical performances from Randy Newman, Anderson .Paak and, of course, the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

“We play it almost every year,” Flea says. “This year we’re going to play acoustic and we’re going to be joined by the children’s choir from the school.”

RHCP on Tour 2017: Reykjavik!

Date: Monday 31st July, 2017

Location: Nýja Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik, Iceland

Setlist:

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  1. Can’t Stop
  2.  Snow
  3. Zephyr Song
  4. Dark Neccessities
  5. The Adventure of Rain Dance Maggie
  6. Right On Time
  7. Go Robot
  8. Californication
  9. Tell Me Baby
  10. Don’t Forget Me
  11. The Getaway
  12. Higher Ground
  13. Under The Bridge
  14. By The Way

Encore

15. Goodbye Angels

16. Give It Away

 

My account….

Wow! RHCP in Reykjavik!!!

It was approaching a pretty last minute decision to go there- I think everything was booked about three weeks beforehand. I’d been thinking about it as it was the only tour date that worked out with school term times here as I had to take my kids but sensible me (there is a tiny fraction that’s sensible, honestly!) was saying it was too much money. And then, things took a very unexpected turn and suddenly we were going! Even if I thought no, there was no way my daughter wasn’t going to go and she MADE me (hehe) book flights and a hotel. So  suddenly this very sensible mother was dragging her two children off to see RHCP in Iceland! (And my son now had the final proof he needed to prove his mother is totally insane!).

We went to Reykjavik the day before, on the Sunday, as I didn’t want to risk arriving on the day. As we left the hotel transfer bus, the driver noticed my RHCP t-shirt and asked if we were there for the show. He then said Chad Smith was doing a solo show that night at Harpa (it’s a purpose built entertainment centre) which I had no idea about. After giving up on the website as my understanding of Icelandic is zero, we got tickets from the venue itself and suddenly it became a Red Hot Chili Peppers weekend! (My photos & account of the drum clinic are HERE).

Monday… We spent the morning on a whale watching trip- we didn’t see any whales but we saw loads of dolphins which was wonderful. One pod was playing around the boat, swimming underneath it and diving around us for about fifteen minutes. We then had a rest at the hotel, an early dinner and headed off to the venue as I needed to collect our tickets. We got there about 5.20 as I wasn’t sure how long things would take and we ended up taking a taxi there rather than walking. I was surprised to see only about 10 people there as I’m used to us mad Europeans who queue from the early hours! It wasn’t until about 6p.m. that people really started to arrive. Doors opened at 6.30 p.m. & we got our tickets sorted just afterwards.

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The venue was the smallest I’ve seen RHCP in. I think I read it held 11,000 people but that tickets were being limited to 10,000. I’d read comments saying it was open air but it turned out to be inside a sports centre. Everything was therefore on a much smaller scale e.g. the movable lights weren’t there as the ceiling wouldn’t have been high enough.

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I was chatting so I only caught the end part of the support act, Fufanu. They were really good. I did try to take a couple of photos but the angles with the lighting were wrong.

RHCP in Reyjavik!

The Chilis were due on stage at 9 but it was slightly later than that when they came on. As usual for this tour, the show started with the trumpet strains of ‘God Bless The Child’ by Eric Dolphy and then the band hit the stage. From the moment they came on, it was totally electric. The atmosphere was amazing as people were really excited to see RHCP in Iceland for the first time and you could tell the band felt the same and was delighted to be there. There were repeated band member comments about how amazed they felt to be finally playing Iceland but it was so clear even without them having to say anything. The energy was bouncing back from the band to the audience and from the audience to the band. It was astounding! And the Red Hot Chili Peppers were well… red hot! They were on fire. It was show number 14 for me and it’s the best one I’ve been too. The band was just a unified ball of sheer energy and everything was in unison; their energy and enthusiasm was almost palpable.

Notes…

A very long set! We had sixteen songs in total! A couple of times I thought this has to be the last song of the main set and then was totally surprised when there was another one.

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Anthony’s white sleeveless t-shirt which I’m presuming was done by his son, Everly Bear. The back read:

 “Anthony Kiedis

Poland

Iceland
Everly Kiedis

Is cool (?)”

For the encore, Flea wore a red beanie and Anthony a black baseball cap which they hadn’t worn during the main section.

The Zephyr Song. Sorry to everyone who heard me screaming about that! There are two RHCP songs which I would love to see performed live and this was one of them. It’s a really special song for me as my late husband loved it and  it was played it at his funeral.

Anthony Kiedis on his mini-bike/scooter thing rolling off the stage (my son said he came on it for the encore too but I missed that bit).

Anthony, Flea and Josh just not being still. I thought AK would end up in Chad’s drum set the way he was running towards it and Josh was playing the guitar running around in circles at one point. Was unbelievable!

Josh spoke to the audience rather than doing a solo and he said something about his Icelandic not being very good but I didn’t catch the rest of what he said but people started to laugh in the crowd.

For those that want this sort of info Anthony took the white t-shirt off partly through the show and removed the black one he was wearing underneath during the encore (I think!).

And for my daughter, when Flea leaned over her to swap his bass and some of his sweat dripped onto her 😀 She was millimetres from him!

Photos

Videos

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)