The party kicked off with “Around The World” and then went right into their 2006 Top Ten hit “Dani California.” The infectious grooves of Flea’s bass, the steady beat of Chad Smith’s drums and guitar playing of Josh Klinghoffer all nicely compliment the vocals of Anthony Kiedis.
From the opening notes of each song, the enthusiastic crowd gave a roar of approval once they figured out what song was being played and continued to sing and clap along.
The band played many hits from throughout their storied career. “Californication,” “Aeroplane,” and a great cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” were sprinkled in their set.
After a stirring version of “Under The Bridge” the band closed their set with “By The Way.”
Not to leave a party early, The Peppers returned to play a three song encore that included a cover of Randy Newman’s “Burn On” which is about our lovely city’s river that happened to catch fire in the ’70s.
Cleveland has come a long way since then. I think a better tribute should have been “Cleveland Rocks!”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers do like to keep it in the family. Flea came out to introduce the opening act which happened to be Chili Peppers original drummer, Jack Irons. He had his kit set up center stage and he also had a laptop which played electronic music while he kept the beat. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer came out to sing an interesting cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”
The next opening band, Irontom features Irons’ son, Zach on guitar; making this tour truly a family affair. However, there is no nepotism involved here as this band has some potential. Led by charismatic singer Harry Hayes, the band played an inspiring set of indie rock to warm up the crowd.