Red Hot Return of the Chili Peppers

September 14, 2011 · Print This Article


 ‘Ole Ole Ole Ole… Red Hot, Red Hot’ With non-stop chants and constant clamoring, 45,000 people greeted the Red Hot Chili Peppers back to the concert stage during a perfectly chilly, chili pepper night in Bogota, Colombia. 

Having not performed an official show since 2006, anticipation was high for opening night of the Chili Peppers World Tour 2011-2012, and there were certainly questions and doubts from critics.

How will the addition of new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer affect the group’s dynamics?

Can the group maintain their chemistry on stage now that mainstay guitarist John Frusciante left the band?

Well, at 8:01 pm, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer took the stage with their 2002 single “By The Way,” and with no hesitation, answered the critics in one swoop.

Like caged animals waiting to unleash their fury, the Chili Peppers exploded for 115 minutes of non-stop energy, a bonanza which took the Colombian audience and those hardcore fans who had traveled to Bogota into a ride that included such classics as “Californication,” “Under The Bridge,” “Otherside” and most of the band’s new album I’m With You including current radio mainstay “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.”

Supported by four 30ft tall LCD video screens reminiscent of U2’s 1997 landmark POPMART Tour, the Southern California band acted like a group on a mission, a mission to show that no only had they not missed a beat, but they were better than ever.

As for the debut of new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, it must be said that John Frusciante’s presence is certainly missed. Being Klinghoffer’s first official show, his nervousness sometimes got the best of him, and he seemed more at ease staying in his spots and not trying anything out of the script. This said, his musical talents are not arguable, and the other three members were constantly helping him, giving him nods of approval and checking on him between songs.

After every other song on this evening, Kiedis appeared awestruck. Wide-eyed, the singer now sporting a 70’s mustache looked around the Bogota sold out park, seemingly overwhelmed by the love that hasn’t faded from their fans.

In short, it’s a thrill to have the Red Hot Chili Peppers back on the road. A group that has overcome multiple obstacles throughout their history, but yet refuse to relinquish the unique spot they have in rock n roll’s current hierarchy. —Jaime Rodriguez, Contributing Writer











One Response to “Red Hot Return of the Chili Peppers”

  1. superglen on September 20th, 2011 11:40 am

    the show in bogota wasn’t the first of RHCP’s new tour; the first official show was august 9 in hong kong, and before that they had played severel small warm-up shows in California.

    their previous tour (Stadium Arcadiu tour) was over in august 2007, not in 2006.

    the official debut of Josh Klinghoffer was in january 2010, at a benefit show in Hollywood, which was the only RHCP public live performance between august 2007 and july 2011.


    Superglen, Turin, Italy

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