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5 Reasons to Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Live in Concert

One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers consists of singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards. They performed at United Center on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Chicago.

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1. The Getaway


The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) announced the first three legs of their 2017 North American Tour in support of its 11th studio album, the worldwide No. 1 The Getaway, which was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 17, 2016. The Getaway debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release last June. The Getaway marks the Grammy Award-winning band's seventh top 10 album and third #2 on the Top 200 Chart.

2. Anthony Kiedis


Lead singer Anthony Kiedis retains a killer physique and voice with topless, bangs, black shorts and porn stache. His nonstop bounding about the stage with his bandmates ensured that the crowd was definitely into his performance—cheering for the encore at nonsensical levels. From the opening jam to the last blast of “Give It Away” 100 minutes later, the amazingly athletic 54-year old put on the best rock show yet at United Center.

3. Flea

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Hyper bassist Flea, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and drummer Chad Smith initially took the stage, kicking out a funk jam. Joined by singer Anthony Kiedis, the quartet kicked out three old songs: “Around the World,” “Otherside” and “Snow (Hey Oh)” before Kiedis stepped to the microphone to make an introduction. Sporting a leopard-spotted hairdo, Flea is still the most thrilling bassist in music let it rip throughout the night under the hundreds of low-hanging cylindrical colored lights—and probably could have done an hour of instrumental hard funk jamming and blown people away.

4. Catalog of Hits

Twenty-eight years ago, RHCP turned the ears of alternative radio listeners their way. They then took things the next level with the 1991 album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” on which songs like “Suck My Kiss,” “Under the Bridge” and “Give It Away” showcased their unique meshing of quirky punk, funk, metal with a rap-like delivery. Every RHCP album comes with at least one certified mega-banger attached. “By The Way”, “Dani California”, “The Zephyr Song”; even through their ‘difficult’ third decade the quality of their singles has dipped as little as their sex drives. Even “Dark Necessities”, the first single from The Getaway, has the scent of a RHCP classic.

5. Jam Sessions

The band kicked off the evening with a brief jam session featuring the dynamic backbeat of Flea and drummer Chad Smith, while guitarist Josh Klinghoffer shredded alongside them. The jamming continued for a good three minutes before things kicked into gear until Anthony Kiedis hopped onstage and ran toward a center-stage microphone to belt out the opening lyrics to “Can’t Stop.” Kiedis, however, held his own amid the instrumental melee, delivering the low-key or rap-sung verses and choruses while often spinning around the stage. 

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