Assistant Managing Editor
Hundreds of dedicated fans from all “Around the World” came to the Staples Center on March 10 to listen to the iconic rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers did an outstanding job of keeping the audience engaged throughout their performance by exuding enthusiastic energy on stage and utilizing unique lighting to enhance the show. However, the large venue prevented the band from displaying their full musical potential.
Red Hot Chili Peppers consists of lead singer Anthony Kiedis, drummer Chad Smith, bassist Flea and lead guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The band, which originally formed in 1983, was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Its music attracts a wide age-range of fans, causing the audience at the Staples center to consist of a diverse group of people.
The band opened its hour-and-a-half show at the Los Angeles Staples Center with its 2002 hit “Can’t Stop.” Red Hot Chili Peppers also played many of its other fan-favorites including “Under the Bridge,” “Californitcation,” “Dark Neccesities” and “Dani California.”
Despite their ages, every band member was unbelievably active throughout the entirety of the show. They jumped and danced along to every song, effectively exciting and engaging the audience. When a band member needed a break, the drummer or the lead guitarists performed intense solos that kept the energy of the performance alive.
The band utilized hundreds of hanging lights which rotated and alternated colors in order to create an optical illusion of different shapes moving across the stage, effectively enhancing the performance. During “Under the Bridge,” the lights resembled falling raindrops, while during “Can’t Stop” they flashed on and off, alternating colors to mirror the upbeat rhythm of the song.
In addition to the alluring lighting, the band chose to display clips from its newest music videos on a screen behind the stage. The music videos, comprised of a number of cartoons that depict the lyrics to the band’s songs, added an animated energy to the performance.
Although Red Hot Chilli Peppers kept the energy alive throughout the concert, the acoustics at the venue prevented the audio from sounding clear. The microphones caused the vocals to echo and reverberate off of the walls of the stadium, making it hard for concert-goers to decipher the incoherent lyrics.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers exhibited intense energy throughout the entirety of the concert and successfully captivated the audience members by featuring flamboyant lights. The too-large venue distracted only slightly from the outstanding performance.
The band continued its 2017 North American Tour in Oregon and it played its last show of the tour on March 18. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest album “The Getaway” is currently available for free on Spotify or for $7.99 on iTunes.