The Red Hot Chili Peppers round out their North American tour with two nights at Chicago’s United Center.

On the first of their two-night run in Chicago, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on top form performing a varied setlist. Marking the end of their North American tour in support of their current album The Getaway, RHCP will soon be embarking on their European leg of the tour. 

While Anthony Keidis was clearly experiencing monitor issues, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer were sure to keep the crowd entertained with their own funky instrumental interludes. 

The band have received press on the current tour of them not hailing back to their former glory days, however, this is somewhat of an unfair criticism. They would equally be criticized if they had stayed the same throughout their lengthy career, and giving that they are no longer twenty-something-year-olds it is understandable that there are going to be elements of change. However, they have stayed true to themselves, performing as their own 2017 version of the band.

They have remained faithful to their sound. It is a well-known fact that you can always recognize a Chili Pepper song due to their own brand of bass heavy funk rock. You know what you are going to get from one of their shows, and so long as you remember the guys are now in their fifties, you will not be disappointed (mind you, how many 54-year-olds have you seen jumping that high?). Judging by the reaction they received from the Chicagoan crowd, there was nothing but appreciation. 

Filling the United Center two nights in a row on a holiday weekend where people would usually head out of town is no mean feat. Especially when there were also large shows taking place at the same time at both Solider Field and Wrigley Field. They clearly still have the pull.

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Event Date: 30-JUN-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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