The Red Hot Chili Peppers held an electrifying performance in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park on Monday night. This is the band's first concert in Israel after the band canceled their performance in 2001.
The concert opened with a guitar solo, by the John Frusciante's 30-year-old replacement - Josh Klinghoffer, who has been playing with the band since 2009. The solo turned into the opening song – the first in the band's latest album - I'm With You - that was released in August last year. Michael "Flea" Balzary and Anthony Kiedis, both almost at 50, ran across the stage, shirtless and full of wild animal energy.
After the intro, Kiedis told the audience that he loved them and their families too. The crowd seemed to love him back. The band continued with more songs from their new album mixed in with hits from the band's three decades of music making with Flea's distinctive bass riff running throughout. Among the hits performed by the band were Can't Stop, Around the World, Californication, and the timeless rock ballad Under the Bridge.
During the concert, Flea spoke about the band's original guitarist and founding member, Hillel Slovak, an Israeli. Slovak died of a drug overdose in 1988 aged 26.
The concert lasted approximately two hours and ended with Give It Away. The band is scheduled to return to the United States, where after a two-week break, they will continue their concert tour.
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