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LATE REVIEW: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The O2 Arena

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I am back once again to give you a review of a gig I went to on Monday and it will be on the Red Hot Chili Peppers at The O2 Arena in London. Now I know that this review should have been out on Tuesday and the latest but I’ve been so busy with work, drawing and playing Final Fantasy XV and Pokemon Sun that finding the time to write this review was next to impossible. But regardless I just had to share my thoughts on the awesome night I had.

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So for those not aware, the Chili Peppers are one of my all-time favourite bands and I saw them the first time back in 2011 when they were playing at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. It was a significant occasion for me because not only was I totally loving the I’m With You album, but they were also my first band I’d seen live. It was a beautiful session and it pretty much kicked off my love for live music. So fast forward 5 years, we have their latest album; The Getaway (which I really like by the way) and a new tour, so you knew I had to get on that, and the 3 months after I bought the tickets flew by pretty quick.

Before I get into the awesomeness of the RHCP, I’d be incredibly rude to not mention the supporting act; BABYMETAL who left quite the impression on me after their performance ended. Now this band I’d heard of through friends but I never really knew much about them besides the fact that they were a Japanese girl band who did metal music and I heard some of their music briefly while in Tokyo Toys in London last year, but they were still an oddity to me. However, seeing them live was one of the most different and unique experiences I’d ever have with a live music performance. Seeing all the musicians rocking out so heavy and loudly while these three again ladies ran around, danced and performed all these actions at the same time was mental. I’ve not seen a band so theatrical and charismatic like this ever, it felt like I was watching a butch of excited kids singing and moving around with such a cray level of energy, but they were so bloody cute, beautiful and charming. I was surprised by not only how much I liked the ladies, but also how much I got into the music considering that I’m not super into metal music. Overall they were great and I definitely will be looking into their music in the future.

But let’s move on to the RHCP, when they came on stage it was like the room set ablaze, the energy was completely on another level. And from there the band went on play a collection of notable and newer songs, but in between we got really cool jamming sessions between Flea, Josh and Chad and I adore those so much, they were varied, upbeat and kept the momentum going. I also have to comment on the presentation too, there was this awesome set of cylinder-shaped lights that lit up in various colours and moved up and down via cables and formed waves, big rectangles and other crazy shapes which was so cool. And then there was the screen behind the band that showed them playing with interesting colour filters or had these crazy abstract videos with “2D or cut out animation which was so strange and badass.

As for the set list it was really good, the band played 5 songs from their latest album, a few from By the Way, Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication, and one each from I’m With You, Mother’s Milk and Stadium Arcadium. When the band came on-stage and then started with “Can’t Stop” as the first song I lost my mind. That is my all-time favourite Chili Peppers song and to hear it first got everyone moving. Then from there was a lovely selection of songs and most of them I really enjoyed, though some definitely got me more giddy than others. Getting to hear “Dark Necessities” life for the first time was a lot of fun and hearing the sound of “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” live again brought back memories of good times back in 2011, while “Go Robot” really got people moving and I loved hearing it live as it was still really groovy. My favourite choices included: 1) “Sick Love” I think it was both luck and fate that this song ended up being played, but my god I loved them for playing it as it was my favourite inital song off of The Getaway.ย  2) “Right On Time” is such a swift and beastly song and the fact that tit got played made me SO happy. ) 3) “Higher Ground” felt like the icing on a fantastic cake, its one of my favourite covers of any song in existence and hearing it live set my soul on fire! ๐Ÿ˜€ But the biggest happy moment I felt must have been from hearing “Under The Bridge“, for a while I thought to myself that there hadn’t been any songs from that BSSM so the band had to be saving it and sure enough they were, that is the song that sing together with friends or fans and it was absolutely stellar. I think the biggest responses the band got were from “Otherside“, “Dani California“, “Californication“, “By The Way” and “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away“, those songs got everyone freaking out and singing along in unison. If I had any nitpicks I would say that sometimes I wish Josh’s guitar volume levels would have been turned up on a few of the songs, also I wished that Anthony would have reached just a little higher with his vocals on a few songs and finally I wish that I could have heard “Encore” and “Dreams of a Samurai” from the new album, but these are just minor nitpicks at best.

In the conclusion the Red Hot Chili Peppers at The O2 Arena was such a delightful time. As someone who had seen them before, I felt like time hadn’t passed and I was getting more great music and more of the awesome charisma, charm and badassery from the band members. The set list was good, the atmosphere was wonderful and the visual presentation was kick ass. Besides some nitpicks I had with some of the song arrangements, they pale in comparison to all of the great material that I experienced. If you’ve seen RHCP live let me know what you thought in the comments below, and if you haven’t seen them live you should, it is worth it for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Favourite Songs #16: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the sixteenth edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. And today we have our second entry from the Red hot Chili Peppers, the song in question is one of their first songs I heard back in the 90s and even though it’s a cover, it still sounds incredible. Today itโ€™s all about the song “Higher Ground”.

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Now I know that this technically Stevie Wonder’s song but back when I was a kid the Red Hot Chili Peppers version was the first one I heard, and I will never forget the first time I heard it… IN MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE! Yes the Power Rangers movie was the first place I heard this song during the skydiving sequence. Me and my sister loved that scene because not only did it have an awesome-looking set of people skydiving but you also had this kick ass song playing in the background to amplify the epicness! Obviously that probably wasn’t the best of films and a lot of people may think of me as sad for encountering the song that way, but I do look back fondly on that film in a nostalgic way.

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Power Rangers: The Movie, a film that allowed me to find one of my favourite cover songs ever. Bet you never thought you’d hear anyone say that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just have a listen to the Chili Peppers version of the Stevie Wonder classic below:

The Chili Peppers really have talent to take such a well-established by someone like Stevie Wonder, but still make it their own without sacrificing the elements that made the original version popular. I love the sort ofย  rock and funk in this song, Flea’s bass line insanely good whileย John Frusciante’s guitar work keeps that energy level up at maximum. Chad Smith’s drumming is as great as ever and I love Anthony Kiedis’ vocals in this especially the echo effect that’s added during the versus. I really just love energetic the song is and it seems to have a real feel-good vibe about it that’s hard to explain. I think the best way to describe it is if you’re doing something really fun alone or with a bunch of friends you can hear the song somewhere then there’s a sense of ultimate satisfaction one gets that’s undeniable.

I’ve just got mad love for this song these days for two main reasons, 1) For the sake of nostalgia and the Power Rangers movie and 2) These days I am a massive Chili Peppers fan and I have grown to appreciate their music much more. I even got to see the ban perform this live when they came to Sheffield back in November 2011, it was soooooooooooo good. I was so happy. So now comes the question, which version do I prefer? The Stevie Wonder version or the Chili Peppers version? And a lot of purists will hate me for my answer but I have to say the Chili Peppers version. This isn’t to say that the original is bad, it is very nice, however the up-tempo, louder and more rock-oriented version of “Higher Ground” is more my style of music. Plus the Chili Peppers version found me first haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

So to conclude “Higher Ground” by Red Hot Chili Peppers is frigging sweet! It preserves the sound of the original but gives us a funky rock version that is so in-your-face and energetic. If you haven’t experienced this song stop what you’re doing and have a listen, it is worth your time yo! ๐Ÿ˜€

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of this Red Hot Chili Peppers song? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo!ย ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Favourite Songs #12: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Breaking The Girl

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the twelfth edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today’s song is one of the most amazing songs I will ever know in this life or the next, one of the clear definitions of the word CLASSIC; today itโ€™s all about the Red Hot Chili Peppers with the song “Breaking the Girl”.

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Ah yes, this is the one. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of my favourite bands in existence and this song is one of those key reasons. I first came across this song either in 2008 or 2009 when I started listening to the Chili Peppers properly via Deezer, I had gone through the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album and after my first listen I was completely transformed as a person. It was at that point when Red Hot Chili Peppers became a band on my radar. There were a lot of great songs on that album from “The Power of Equality” to “Suck My Kiss” to the classic “Under the Bridge”, but the one song that really stood out for me was this one. It was just perfection to my ears. It was until 2010/2011 when I heard the song and again and really fell in love with it!

It’s hard to describe what makes this song so perfect to me, I just know from the time the introduction kicks in my ears are instantly captivated. I love the way the song begins with the guitar and bass, then comes in with the vocals and then with the drums and slowly builds into a song with the instruments and vocals together. The main thing I love about this song is the flow and the melody, it’s so calm and smoothing and yet energetic and rough. My favourite parts of the song would be the chorus and the bridge. The chorus is just sung beautifully by Anthony Kiedis, and John Frusciante’s backing vocals are just lovely too. And then there’s that bridge… Damn! I LOVE IT. It is literally the best thing ever; the percussion break is just full of hard-hitting beats along with the drums which sound so powerful and rhythmic that it sets my soul of fire! When I found out the band used junkyard debris for that part of the song I was so surprised but then even more impressed afterwards. Only the Chili Peppers would take just and find a way to make it awesome in a song!

I also have a pretty deep connection with this song, it always makes me feel better when I’m low and it’s always great to listen to this song in the summer time or in the early hours of the morning. I think this song evaluated to new levels of awesomeness when I saw the Chili Peppers perform this live in Sheffield back in November 2011. Check out the video someone uploaded from that night below:

So to conclude “Breaking the Girl” by Red Hot Chili Peppers is just perfection to me. It perfectly embodies what I love about this band; beautiful melodies with great lyrical content that makes your ears melt. I can say that is possibly my favourite Chili Peppers song of all time (next to “I Could Die For You”, “Can’t Stop” and “Road Trippin'”). If you haven’t already experienced the magic that isย “Breaking the Girl” go do yourself a favour and do it now that along with the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album is masterpiece-level music there yo! ๐Ÿ˜€

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of the Chili Peppers and my choice of song? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo!ย ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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