Not even a torrential Florida downpour could stop the enthusiasm for funk/rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers when they stopped in Orlando on their Global Stadium tour. This tour is extra special as it marks the return of guitarist John Frusciante, a welcome return I might add.
After an hour and a half weather delay, bass impresario Thundercat took to the stage to open the evening. Standing in front of an impressive cat head statue, he let his talent shine. Having to play a shortened set didn’t deter him from showing off his skills.
The Strokes were up next. Lead singer Julian Casablancas poured water over his head in a show of solidarity to the drenched fans that had been there for hours. Also playing a shortened set, they managed to get in the hits, ending with “Last Night”.
The rain gods finally took pity on us and ceased the water works in time for the main event. John Frusciante emerged to a thunderous reception, smiling at the crowd of rain soaked fans. Flea and Chad Smith came out and the trio launched into a musical intro, showcasing their ability to feed off each other’s energy. As the first notes of “Around the World” began, Anthony Kiedis ran out to center stage. And what a stage it was! With lights that flowed over the front of the stage like a wave as well as running up the back and over the stage, it was a great sight.
Playing a lot of new material with a sprinkling of classics, the energy was non-stop and needed for a collection of devoted fans that didn’t let the weather deter them. The Chili Peppers have always been known for their high-energy shows and age hasn’t slowed them down. There may have been a delay to the evening, but it was definitely worth the wait.
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