Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music + Quinceanera

As I’ve not posted on this yet and I’m playing catch up from my holiday running around LA and various other places in western USA, here goes…


Chad Smith and Will Ferrell are teaming up again this time to host a “Red Hot Benefit Comedy, Music + Quinceanera” (and if you were wondering what a ‘quinceanera’ is as I was, apparently it’s a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in Latin American communities… OK!). It takes place on 29th April, 2016, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Beneficiaries include Cancer for College and The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. It will include a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Devo has been also been added to the bill along with comedians Jim Gaffigan and Nick Offerman

Cancer for College is a charity started by a friend of Will  Ferrell and as most of you know, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a non-profit organisation promoting music education and was the brainchild of RHCP’s very own Flea (with other members of RHCP being involved along the way too).

RHCP Tour Dates 2016

To get up to date these are the current tour dates as listed on the official website:



Apr 24 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; New Orleans, Louisiana

Apr 29 Will Ferrell & Chad Smith’s Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceañera; Los Angeles

May 21-23 Rock On The Range; Columbus, Ohio

May 29 BottleRock; Napa Valley, California

Jun 03-05 Rock am Ring; Mendig Airfield, Germany

Jun 03-05 Rock im Park; Nuremburg, Germany

Jun 08 Greenfield Festival; Interlaken, Switzerland

Jun 10 Pinkpop; Landgraaf, The Netherlands

Jun 10-12 Novarock; Nickelsdorf, Austria

Jun 29-Jul 02 Roskilde Festival; Roskilde, Denmark

Jun 30-Jul 03 Open’er Festival; Gdynia, Poland

Jul 02 Rock Werchter; Werchter, Belgium

Jul 06 U-Park Festival; Kiev, Ukraine

Jul 09 Park Live; Moscow, Russia

Jul 10 T In The Park; Perthshire, Scotland

Jul 15 Ottawa Bluesfest; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jul 16 Festival d’été de Québec; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Jul 22-24 Fuji Rock Festival ’16; Yuzawa-cho, Japan

Jul 22-24 Valley Rock Festival; Jinsan, South Korea

Jul 29-31 Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts; Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jul 30 Lollapalooza; Chicago, IL

Aug 25 Tennent’s Vital; Belfast, Northern Ireland

Aug 26-27 Reading Festival; Reading, England

Aug 26-27 Leeds Festival; Leeds, England

Flea Playing the National Anthem at Lakers Game

Flea played the America national anthem at a LA Lakers game last night too- a busy night! He played a bass only rendition before Kobe Bryant’s final game for the LA Lakers.

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

Here’s a short clip of Flea talking about Kobe prior to playing:

Update 2! There has been some criticism of Flea’s performance of the national anthem. Flea responded:

“I don’t care, man. I know that people who like music liked it. I thought it was beautiful. I really don’t have any concern for little small minds that get frustrated when they get blown. I like the big minds.”

RHCP & The Parker Foundation Launch for The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Gala

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played at last night’s (April 13, 2016) gala at the Sean Parker and The Parker Foundation Launch for The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Gala in Los Angeles. Apparently they played Can’t stop, Otherside, Californication and By The Way.



I’ve just embedded a selection of photos- there are looks more on the Getty Images website

(Many thanks to my friend for the information).

New Flea Interview in Q Magazine

Flea was interviewed for the UK’s Q Magazine and there’s a double page feature in the latest edition (April 2016) where he talks about the new album, Bernie Sanders and David Bowie.

How’s the new LP going? Have you finished it yet?

“We’re near the end of it. I can’t say too much yet. Danger Mouse is producing this time, instead of Rick Rubin. We’re heading into a new era and we’re really excited. It’s new and different but without sacrificing the good bits of us. There are some songs we already had, and some new ones too. I can’t wait to play it live.”

Full scans and transcript HERE

You can subscribe to Q Magazine or if you’re in the UK, the magazine is for sale right now! (Muse is on the cover).


Update on the New RHCP Album

Entertainment Times has released a new interview with Anthony Kiedis shot during the Superbowl weekend and in it he talks about the new RHCP album and working with Danger Mouse.


Anthony said:

“It’s hitting me in the right spot… We’re almost finished with the record, and it’s been interesting and different and fun,” he said. “I think we’ve tapped into something new working with this guy Brian [Burton], also known as Danger Mouse. … [It's] kinda a new approach to recording and it turned out well.”

You can read the full interview HERE and this is the actual interview

Many thanks to Sophie Schillaci for keeping me informed.

RHCP at the Superbowl 50

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played the Superbowl 50 in San Francisco last night (6th February 2016) and included the total shock of playing Aeroplane! They also covered Starman by David Bowie.


Set List

Can’t Stop
The Adventures of Raindance Maggie
Nobody Weird Like Me
Starman (David Bowie cover)
Police Helicopter
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Around The World
Me and My Friends
Snow ((Hey Oh))
By The Way
Under The Bridge
Give It Away


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There are so many videos online now (I had a lie-in!) that I’ll post a selection.


Around The World

Under The Bridge

Snow ((Hey Oh))


Blood Sugar Sex Magik


Many thanks to everyone who sent me links again! You made my life so much easier this morning!



RHCP Live 2016!

Posted with kind permission

Last night (Friday 5th February) the Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first live gig of the year- it was a benefit concert for a US presidential candidate, Bernie Saunders- at the Theater connected to the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. It wasn’t a full concert and apparently there were massive problems with the sound according to my friend who was there.

BTW Josh appears to have dyed his hair red! My friend who was there said about it when she phoned me and it does look red on the videos! Update: Have just been told that it was done as a tribute to David Bowie.



Set List:



Posted with kind permission

Can’t Stop

Factory of Faith

Nobody Weird Like Me


Police Helicopter

Around the World

Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Me and My Friends


Cracked Actor (David Bowie Cover)

By The Way

(If you Have to Ask) although on the set list, this was apparently not played.

Give It Away


 There are loads more images on AP Images but I can’t link to them.


An 18 minute video which is shot next to the stage starting with Bernie Saunders speaking and going into Can’t Stop, Factory of Faith and Nobody Weird Like Me.

And a 13 minute video starting near the end of Otherside

These are all taken very close to the stage:

By The Way

Me and My Friends

Snow ((Hey Oh))

Give It Away

From the Balcony:

35 minute video

Update: videos are now appearing on Youtube- sorry if there are duplicates but I’m losing track here!!!

Many thanks to the people who posted videos (please let me know if there is an issue sharing them) and my super detective team who were messaging me and phoning from LA! Great wake-up call :D hehehe