The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “I’m With You” tour rolled through Firefly 2013 on June 22, leaving in its wake tens of thousands of satisfied festival goers.
Although on a tour to promote their new album, the seasoned funk/rock group opened their set with “Around the World,” a hit single from the 1999 album “Californication.” The Chili Peppers didn’t delve into last year’s “I’m With You” album until about five songs in, with “Factory of Faith.”
Throughout the set, the band sampled several of its past albums, even breaking out “Higher Ground” from the 1989 album “Mother’s Milk,” and “Sir Psycho Sexy,” a delightfully offensive, obscure track from the 1991 album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
The “I’m With You” tour is the first for new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced long-time guitarist John Frusciante. Although Klinghoffer is several decades younger than lead singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, and drummer Chad Smith, his on-stage chemistry with his band mates is as though he has been jamming with the Chili Peppers for years.
Various entertainment news agencies are reporting that Kiedis was involved in an altercation with a security guard earlier in the day at the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia, Pa. Kiedis alluded to this incident during Firefly, after Balzary accidently kicked him on stage.
“You kicked me as hard as you could in the neck,” Kiedis said to Balzary. “It’s OK. It’s my karmic day to get hit. Hit me again.”
Balzary proceeded to playfully, but forcefully, slap Kiedis in the face.
If you missed today’s show, the video can be purchased at www.rhcp.com.