All these years, Red Hot Chili Peppers still rockin’

Time really does fly when you spend the years rockin’ out and having fun with friends. It’s been awhile since 1983, the start of one of the increasingly iconic alternative-funk-rock bands of our time. Literally everyone knows of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and much of the pure joy and energy that has arisen from their roots in Los Angeles.

The landscape of touring is much different that it was back in the 90’s, or even a couple years ago for that matter. For Red Hot Chili Peppers it has been a little bit of a ride. New music, Hall of Fame induction, members coming and going, a few here to stay. More recently the newest guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, replaced long time lead guitarist John Frusiante, marking his second departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

But, it’s not like they haven’t had a great album in 22 years. The long haul of the 90’s brought on a whole new herd of fans and a sizable amount of new music right on in to the new millennium.

2011 and 2012 have also marked an exciting milestone in the band’s run too. Releasing I’m With You, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and touring a mess of cities can put quite the workload on anyone, but Red Hot Chili Peppers have pushed through like they’ve always done in the past.

I’m curious to see how they hold up after their recent induction too. Some inductees tend to fall off the radar after being brought aboard next to some of the most famous bands to have ever roamed the earth, and some prosper even further. We’ll see what the future holds for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Their current tour seems to be pretty successful next to the release of I’m With You in 2011. Anthony Kiedis and Flea are still the main focus of the band as the ones who’ve been there since the start, Chad Smith not far behind. The original members still show great energy, but in recent years it’s been dialed down a bit. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is working well with his band mates and changes things up between sitting down to sing and play and running back and forth, messing around with Flea, though I’m sure many still wish to see John Frusiante in his place.

The massive fan base of Red Hot Chili Peppers is aging right along with them. More of the crowd were lower-middle aged people and less of the younger crowd they used to be. Attendance wasn’t probably what it could’ve been either; a weekend show might have been mutually better for the Milwaukee area and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But hey, Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t THAT old yet. They’re getting there, but they can still put on a pretty good show. I sure didn’t see anyone complaining.

Check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album I’m With You for some of their newer hits, many of which were played in Milwaukee with a ton of their smash hits from the earlier days.

Setlist: Monarchy of Roses – Around the World – Snow (Hey Oh) – Scar Tissue – Can’t Stop – She’s Only 18 – Throw Away Your Television – Hard to Concentrate – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie – Right on Time – Universally Speaking – Look Around – Californication – By the Way —- Jam – Suck My Kiss – Making Our Dreams Come True – Under the Bridge – Give It Away – Final Jam

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