American Airlines Center, Jan 8th – For fans of the Chili Peppers, time has shown that one can never know what to expect from the new releases. They have produced a range of hard hitting rock-funk to the smooth soul sounds of their most recent 2016 release, The Getaway. But, when they hit the stage, faithful followers know the show will be “red hot.”

 

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The American Airlines Center packed a sellout crowd Sunday, which ranged in age from retirees to fans young enough to have missed over half of the Chili Peppers recording career. The band paid homage to their generation of fans with a set list that spanned 25 years. An almost equally impressive addition was the enormous undulating light installation above the stage and extending out over the floor seating. With the bright motion of colors above, it was easy for one to become mesmerized and forget for a moment the show on stage.

While most bands with a new release would devote most of their set list to the new tunes that was not the case Sunday. A handful of new hits such as “Dark Necessities,” “Sick Love,” and “Go Robot” were selected from the new album The Getaway. The rest of the night was devoted to the hits fans have been jamming to for over two decades.


Along with a few jam sessions, the music did not stop the entire show with exception for one short break before the encore. The Chili Peppers were led back to the stage by guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, who gave a rousing tribute to David Bowie, who passed one year ago this week, with the song “The Bewlay Brothers.”

Current opening acts for the tour, included drummer Jack Irons, one of the founding members of the Chili Peppers, and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, a hard-edge brass funk band form New Orleans. Irons treated the old-school fans with a 20-minute drum solo. Trombone Shorty warmed up the crowd and brought them to their feet with the funky sounds finished with an unreal jam session including his signature solo and trills that seem to defy the physics of the human body.

Writer: Michael Dunlop

Photographer: Calvin mims

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Setlist

AAC – 1/8/2017
1. Intro Jam
2. Can’t Stop
3. Dani California
4. The Zephyr Song
5. Dark Necessities
6. She’s Only 18
7. Look Around
8. Go Robot
9. Californication
10. Sick Love
11. Parallel Universe
12. Detroit
13. The Power of Equality
14. Under the Bridge
15. By the Way
Encore
16. The Bewlay Brothers
17. Goodbye Angels
18. Give it Away