Give it Away Now

As I’ve said before, I’m a concert goer. I love seeing bands that I’ve grown up with perform live. The Red Hot Chili Peppers concert was announced months in advance before the show, so I had time to contemplate if I wanted to go. At first, I thought I would let this one pass, but as the date got closer I started to develop a fear of missing out. I decided that I didn’t know how much longer they were going to play and that this might be my only chance to see them live. I bought tickets about four days before the show.

I judge my concert on sound quality, setlist, the band’s energy, and overall performance which includes openers, crowd enjoyment, and effects.

When I say that I judge live performances on sound quality, I mean, does this sound like the album version. Then I ask does this sound too much like the album version. I don’t want to go to a show and find out that the band lip-syncs. I would feel like I got ripped off. That wasn’t the case for The Red Hot Chili Peppers though. They sounded great, but not too much like the album.

With that in mind, their setlist could have been better. They kicked off the show with songs that you hear all day, every day on the radio, which was awesome because I know and like those songs. Then in the middle of the concert, they played songs that I really didn’t know, like material from their new album and some of their very first songs that no longer get radio play. My one complaint about the setlist was that they didn’t play “Dani California”, “Suck My Kiss”, or “Californication”, which are some of my favorite songs. When they were playing these lesser known songs, it was like the crowd took a nap. At one point, I was one of the only people in my section still standing and I even contemplated sitting down. I got a little bored when they kept playing songs that I didn’t know and I think the rest of the crowd did too.

I thought the band had a lot of energy and that they really enjoyed being there. There wasn’t a lot of talking or crowd interacting, they just played their songs with little interruption.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers had two openers. The first was their former drummer, Jack Irons, he just drummed for about 10 minutes while having a weird video show go on behind him, which I could have done without. Next was Baby Metal. They are a Japanese metal group. Even though the lead singer sounded like one of the chipmunks from Alvin and the Chipmunks, I thought they sounded awesome. Their performance resembled a mix of Metallica, Slipknot, and Avenged Sevenfold. I thought the overall performance was great, and I’m glad that I decided to go to the show.

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