Red Hot Chili Peppers troll Warriors fans at Bay Area show

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most quintessentially SoCal bands of the last half century, took over the 49ers’ Northern California home over the weekend, playing a sold-out show at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

As the crowd filed in, funk bassist Thundercat and alternative rocker Beck warmed up the eclectic crowd with their opening sets. Despite the fact that the headliners were almost senior citizens, the audience was extremely mixed across generations. A mother and young adult daughter sharing a joint as the Chili Peppers took the stage perfectly exemplified how the band can appeal to partiers of all ages.

By the time the lights dimmed for the main act, the crowd was at capacity, eager to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Flea, the band’s hyperactive bassist, entered the stage first, announcing himself as the focal point of the show by leaping and head-banging with rage-like intensity during a 10-minute jam before sending the crowd into a roar with the riff to “ Can’t Stop.”

Following the opener, the Chili Peppers continued with classics like “Dani California,” “Universally Speaking” and “Snow” before breaking into their newest album “Unlimited Love” during the middle of the set. The crowd waited patiently through new songs like “Whatchu Thinkin'” and “Aquatic Mouth Dance” — a few die-hards knew the words to sing along — but the energy clearly dipped between the hits.

While more controlled than Flea — it wouldn’t take much — lead singer Anthony Kiedis was hardly stoic. Dressed in all black save for a pink lightning bolt over his crotch, Keidis ran laps, pranced and karate-kicked around the stage without ever missing a note.

Kiedis’ job is not easy. The Chili Peppers’ catalog is varied enough that he needs to be able to belt, sing melodically and rap at Busta Rhymes-level speed depending on the track. Throughout the nearly 2-hour set, Kiedis did all this without breaking much of a sweat. And, as it always does during an RHCP show, Kiedis’ shirt came off about three-quarters through the set for “Tell Me Baby.”

Anthony Kiedis and Flea of ​​Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on June 07, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

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On guitar, John Frusciante was the laid-back foil to Flea and Keidis’ manic energy. Frusciante originally joined Chili Peppers in 1989, but has had an on-and-off relationship with the band in the ensuing years and hasn’t toured with RHCP since 2007. Frusciante showed no signs of rust, easily keeping up with his bandmates in technique, if not in energy. The guitarist seemed happiest when jamming out during interludes between songs.

John Frusciante and Flea of ​​The Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform during in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 12, 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

John Frusciante and Flea of ​​The Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform during in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 12, 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Throughout the set, the band kept mostly to the music, save for a joke by Kiedis about the heavy marijuana wafts from the crowd and the occasional unintelligible outburst from Flea.

After finishing the middle section of mostly newer material, the band dialed the intensity back up with “Californication” and “Give It Away” — which may have gotten the biggest crowd reaction of the night — before cutting to black. During a long break before an encore, concert-goers broke into an impromptu light show with cell phones and lighters as they waited.

The crowd lights up Levi's Stadium with their cellphones and lighters at the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Santa Clara, CA on July 29, 2022.

The crowd lights up Levi’s Stadium with their cellphones and lighters at the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Santa Clara, CA on July 29, 2022.

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The only boos came on the final song of the night. As a sneering parting gift, Flea broke out his Los Angeles Lakers-themed bass guitar for the last song, much to the chagrin of the Warriors-adoring Bay Area crowd. The insult was quickly forgiven when the Chili Peppers turned in a max-effort rendition of “By The Way” to close the night.

Flea of ​​The Red Hot Chilli Peppers performs during in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 12, 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Flea of ​​The Red Hot Chilli Peppers performs during in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 12, 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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In a truly surprising turn of events, the band neglected to play their biggest song: the multi-platinum ballad “Under the Bridge.” Was this a senior moment from the aging band? Or, after sifting through four decades worth of hits, maybe they simply ran out of time.



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