Flea being a rock god at Vector Arena crowd in Auckland, NZ (Chili Peppers Columbia Facebook)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers launched their Australasian tour at Vector Arena in Auckland, NZ last night. And by all accounts it was a freaking amazing show.
Before 12,000 screaming fans, the alternative rock gods played a mix of old and new, featuring songs from their new album, I'm With You (Monarchy of Roses, "Look Around, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie) alongside thundering their way through classics like "Under The Bridge", "Suck My Kiss" and Give It Away". Throw in a couple of intense jams and it was a pretty epic show.
Flea tweeted it was a special feeling playing in front of such a "beautiful f***ing crowd in Auckland" last night... he then totally lost it with the below tweet:
Monarchy of Roses
Around the World
(Stone Cold Bush tease)
Snow ((Hey Oh))
She's Only 18
Throw Away Your Television
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Right on Time
Under the Bridge
Suck My Kiss
Factory of Faith
By the Way
Chad & Mauro & Josh Jam
(Stevie Wonder cover)
Soul to Squeeze
Give It Away
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Big Day Out with their first show in Sydney on Friday Jan 18 before making their way across the country. We'll have a live blog on the day for you to follow.
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are older and wiser (Warner Music)
Anyone who's read Anthony Kiedis' tell-all autobiography Scar Tissue will know the Red Hot Chili Peppers used to party hard in their day.
But those days are long gone for the alternative rockers who hit Australia this week to play at the Big Day Out around Australia.
According to a recent Daily Telegraph article gone is the booze and ciggies replaced by a meditation room, yoghurt covered peanuts and... Calvin Klein t-shirts!
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Dedicated meditation room (featuring plush carpet and a comfortable couch)
At least 24 bottles of still spring water but strictly not Evian, Crystal Geyser or other local bottled varieties
Figs and raw unsalted cashews
Yoghurt-covered peanuts, raisins and malt balls
Calvin Klein T-shirts
The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album I'm With You is out now.