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Photos: John G. Tobin

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2003

By The Way!

Hitting the stage at 9:15 p.m., the Red Hot Chili Peppers were greeted by 8,500 screaming fans, enough to deafen even the hardest rock fan. "By the Way," "Scar Tissue" and "All Around the World" spun the up into a tornado of music frenzy. If anyone had doubts about these guys still being able to rock, they were extinguished with Red Hot guitar solos and drum beats.

They went back to basics with a standard rock lighting rig and metal grill like backdrop masking the 3 giant video screens. Unlike the over-elaborate stages you see now with Brittney Spears and the Rolling Stones the stage was not the main focus, the music was. With the energy of teenagers, the band ran and jumped all over, Flea even went back to his roots and broke out his trumpet. Playing a solo while Anthony took a rest.

Sounding better live than on any CD, they took their audience on a wild ride of music past, present and future. Guitarist John Frusciante was on top of his game and keep the crowd in a trance. He even busted out a few vocals, showing his diversity as a musician.

With an eclectic choice of opening acts, from Mars Volta and Queens of the Stone Age to Snoop even The Flaming Lips, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' U.S. Tour was a must see in 2003.


Questions & Answers

Any crazy hair this time?


Nope, no mohawks but Flea did have a creepy skeleton costume.

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