Kerrang! April 2006: Up Close and Personal

Red Hot Chili Peppers preview new songs at intimate London show

Red Hot Chili Peppers marked their return to the UK with a special secret show at Canvas in London on Good Friday, April 14.

Celebrating the release of their hotly-anticipated double album ‘Stadium Arcadium’ – which will hit the shops on May 8 – they played their first UK show since 2004 before a crowd of 500 fans.
Throughout the evening, the foursome were in high spirits and joked with the crowd in-between songs. “I make it up as I go along because that way I’m never wrong,” joked tongue-tied frontman Anthony Kiedis after messing up the lyrics of set opener ‘Can’t Stop’.
The 90-minute set, which was recorded for Radio 1, featured six tracks taken from ‘Stadium Arcadium’ and included ‘Snow (Hey Oh)’, ‘Charlie’ and their new single ‘Dani California’

The band also honoured their 23-year recording career, treating fans to ‘Me And My Friends’, ‘Scar Tissue’, ‘Other Side’ and rare B-side ‘Soul To Squeeze’. Guitarist John Frusciante also performed a solo version of Simon And Garfunkel’s ‘For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her’.

Wrapping up their energetic set with a short homage to Public Enemy’s ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours’, the foursome launched into a spirited version of ‘Give It Away’, taken from their 1991 breakthrough album ‘BloodSugarSexMagik’.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to the UK for a massive tour this summer, beginning with a date at Ipswich’s Portman Road stadium on June 30. Check out next week’s Kerrang! to get the explosive story behind ‘Stadium Arcadium’ from the band themselves, on sale May 3.

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