Feeling hot hot hot

Rachel Watts has a hot date with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Californian Rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers brought their unique mix of funk and rock to Birmingham’s Genting Arena over the weekend.

The six-time Grammy Award winners opened with some of their biggest hits, Can’t Stop, Dani California and Scar Tissue, before performing Dark Necessities from their latest album, The Getaway.

The band then took the audience with them on a journey that covered a career spanning back to the early 80’s, performing Nobody Weird Like Me was from the 1989 album, Mother’s Milk, to Hard to Concentrate and Tell Me Baby, from 2006 double album, Stadium Arcadium.

Some might have doubted whether Josh Klinghoffer could ever replace guitarist John Frusciante, who left after Stadium Arcadium, but he has proved himself to be a worthy successor. This was never more evident than when leading singer Anthony Kiedis into one of their most recognisable hits, Under The Bridge; a track which certainly received the biggest response from the audience.

Fan favourites By The Way and Give It Away ensured that the evening ended on a high, with a rapturous response from the crowd.

With bassist Flea as mesmerising to watch as ever, Chad Smith displaying his usual uniquely talented drumming skills, Josh’s ability to do justice to Frusciante’s legacy, and Anthony’s seemingly boundless energy, the band gave a performance that proved that The Red Hot Chili Peppers are still one of the best live rock bands.