Concert Review Kerrang! (566) October 1995

There was an article in this magazine about Red Hot Chili Peppers & Dave Navarro joining the band which can be viewed HERE

R.H.C.P. – SECRET LONDON GIG PICTURE SPECIAL!

ONE HOT 75 minute set!

HOT IN THE CITY!

Kerrang! Exclusive!

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS storm the capitol for treat-of-a-lifetime fans-only show! Eye-witness: PAUL BRANNINGAN!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to live action this week with a super-secret gig in London.

The show – at the tiny Subterania club in Ladbroke Grove – was jam-packed with die-hard Chilis fans, who had queued from early afternoon for the opportunity to witness the LA quartet play their first show on British soil since 1994’s triumphant Reading headline performance.

Outside the venue tickets were changing hands for £50 each and the touts were reporting a brisk trade. Inside, there was a huge buzz of anticipation as excited fans milled around impatiently.

“I can’t believe the Chilis are playing somewhere this small,” gushed 20-year-old Italian exchange student Christa. “This is going to be soooo great!”

Pre-show, the sounds of Flea’s favourite bands, the Gang Of Four and Funkadelic, rocked the expectant crowd. Then, at precisely 10pm, four-near naked bodies strolled onto the shoebox stage, steamed into ‘give It Away’ and the whole place went buck mental!

Playing old classics such as ‘Suck My Kiss’, ‘Backwoods’ and ‘Higher Ground’, plus tracks from their new ‘One Hot Minute’ album the Chilis were loose and relaxed.

After 75 Funk-filled minutes, the lights went up and the Chilis departed to thunderous applause. As the crowd spilled back out into the cool night air the verdict of the lucky few was unanimous: “F**kin’ incredible!”

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