Apr 12, 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Verizon Center

By Bob Suehs

 

 

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

4/12/17

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

 Red Hot Chili Peppers Set List:  Intro Jam, Around The World, Dani California, Scar Tissue, Dark Necessities, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, Go Robot, Californication, Charlie, The Getaway, Aeroplane, Dreams of a Samurai, Suck My Kiss, Soul To Squeeze, By The Way, ENCORE:  Goodbye Angels, Give It Away

 

 The Red Hot Chili Peppers were created in 1983 and born from funk and punk.  Anthony Keidis and Flea have managed to keep the band afloat despite 30+ years of musical change in mainstream music.  The band has an impressive string of hits and their impact on culture can be felt world wide.

 For this leg of their “The Getaway” world tour the band brought Jack Irons and Baby Metal as openers.  Baby Metal offered a quirky metal/pop explosion to the stage and their set was well received.  Baby Metal have an interesting niche and there’s no denying that they are fun to watch.

 The Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage with a mini jam that led into “Around The World” which set the pace for this night of non-stop jams.

 Anthony Keidis looks great for his age and his 70’s porn stache has replaced his tube sock.  Vocally Keidis sounded good, his range has always been limited but with the Chil Peppers vocals are secondary to the rhythm.  

 Flea and Chad Smith hold the entire band together with their stronger than super glue bond.  The bass and drums are the catalyst for every RHCP song.

 New guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has big shoes to fill when covering Frusciante and Navarro era material.  The casual fan will never notice the moderate changes, but the musicians are fast to point out how drastic the leads have changed in songs like “Aeroplane” or “Scar Tissue” due in part to Josh adding his own style in favor of a note for note rendition.

 The light show is what impressed most concert goers; the arena ceiling was filled with mini candle shaped lights which changed colors, rotated in order, and created effects which looked like waves and octopus tentacles.  The lights created a trippy atmosphere which made the show larger than life. “Under the Bridge” was not performed on this night.