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Date: 17th September, 2017 (Third and final day of the festival)
Location: Citi Field Queens, New York City, USA.
I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges) / Right on Time
What Is Soul? (Funkadelic)
Don’t Forget Me
Jam Break / Sick Love
Under the Bridge
By the Way
Just in case any of you have posts on Twitter or seen the article from ‘The Sunday World’ saying there is a chance the RHCP concerts in Dublin could be cancelled due to an injunction against the venue, it’s been proven to be a hoax.
Location: Nýja Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Adventure of Rain Dance Maggie
Right On Time
Tell Me Baby
Don’t Forget Me
Under The Bridge
By The Way
15. Goodbye Angels
16. Give It Away
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony’s white sleeveless t-shirt which I’m presuming was done by his son, Everly Bear. The back read:
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!
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!
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.
(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.)
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.
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
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!
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.
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
09 Tell Me Baby
Josh: Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
10 The Getaway
11 Higher Ground
12 Soul To Squeeze
13 By The Way
14 Goodbye Angels
15 Give It Away
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: