The Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Wells Fargo Center.
Chili Peppers bassist Flea, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and drummer Chad Smith came out first, jamming instrumentally and dancing around the stage before singer Anthony Kiedis joined them. Their setlist was varied, including a combination of music from The Getaway and older albums including Stadium Arcadium, By the Way, Californication and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
The first song of the night was “Around the World,” followed by crowd-pleaser and former radio single “Snow (Hey Oh).” The Chili Peppers also played “The Zephyr Song” before launching into “Dark Necessities,” the first song to be played from their most recent album.
Throughout the night, Flea and Kiedis told stories about the band’s 30-plus year career. Flea reminisced about the first time the California funk rock veterans performed in Philadelphia and the warm reaction they received from the crowd. He said he saw many “flavors of people,” to which Kiedis asked how many. The band also performed an impromptu jam while Flea sang about Philadelphia and, at Kiedis’ urging, Scranton. He asked for lyrics about Harrisburg, but the band was already moving on.
Other highlights of the night included a performance of “Under the Bridge,” during which Klinghoffer sat on the stage to perform. That was followed by setlist ender “By the Way,” which elicited a loud cheer when its opening notes were played.
The band left the stage but returned a few moments later to perform three songs: a cover of Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” (sung by Klinghoffer), “Goodbye Angels” from The Getaway and the Blood Sugar classic “Give It Away.”
Though it wasn’t a hits-heavy night from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their first night of two at the Wells Fargo Center was a strong one.