The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to take the stage tonight with Bruno Mars for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, but they warmed up with a performance at the Barclays Center during WFAN's "Big Hello to Brooklyn."
Vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, drummer Chad Smith and legendary bassist Flea weaved through a jam-heavy set for more than an hour, highlighting many of their smash singles along the way. The 17-song performance included an inspired rendition of "By the Way," which the band rocked as they walked off the stage before their encore.
The Peppers jammed between most every song, with Flea's powerful, funky basslines and Klinghoffer's freestyle guitar work highlighting the evening. When the group appeared back on stage for their encore, Smith and touring percussionist Mauro Refosco led the way on a particularly memorable jam, which included a requisite drum solo from Smith and Flea performing the Star Spangled Banner.
The jam-heavy portions of the show were no surprise to long-time Chili Peppers fans, as the band is known for that as much as they're known for their huge singles. The sold-out crowd was raucous during "Dani California," "Under the Bridge," "Californication," a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and especially during the finale of fan favorite "Give It Away."
Earlier in the evening, Flea revealed to an enormous roar that RHCP is preparing to write and record their 11th studio album, the follow-up to 2011's I'm With You, later this year. The group, which celebrated its 30th year as an active band in 2013, will be entering a "hibernation period," but they were happy to be doing "one last big blowout" in Brooklyn. The Peppers aren't resting on their laurels, though, as Flea pointed out.
"We want to continue to progress and challenge ourselves as musicians."
Don't miss what's sure to be a funky, soulful collaboration between RHCP and Bruno Mars during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show. Coverage of the big game begins at 6:30/5:30C on FOX.
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