AHHHHHH!!! BONNAROO STARTS TOMORROW!!!! This is UN. REAL. Well of course, the band I’m most excited to see, and today’s feature band, is the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
“Children are born, but a friend dies. A new guitarist arrives as the old one leaves. And a band is reborn after an overdue break. Beginnings and endings.
That’s I’m With You, truly the beginning of a new era for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 10th album of the Los Angeles band’s singular career sees the band refreshed, renewed, once again working with producer Rick Rubin (their fifth partnership, including the last album, 2006’s monster Stadium Arcadium two-CD tour de force). It expands the same combination of funk and finesse, intensity and tenderness that’s made the Peppers sine qua non in modern rock, but with a new set of life experiences from the intervening years that coalesced into a dynamically fresh start…
‘It’s a new beginning for us,’ says Smith. ‘We’re very fortunate to be able to do what we love to do. During our time off everyone, I felt, had grown as people and as musicians. I think that’s very reflected in taking risks and growing as a band and as band members and as people. That’s all in there, and that’s all in the pie.’” (from Bonnaroo website description of the band)
I saw them in Philly about 2 weeks ago and it was honestly the best concert I’ve ever been to. These guys have known how to perform and touch their fans since they were in high school, so of course their performance will be nothing short of AMAZING. I could go on and on and on about the Chili Peppers for days and days, but I’ll spare you and post some of my favorite songs (a very tough decision for me).