After seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the third time this summer at Lollapalooza, I can confidently say there’s no place I’d rather be than an RHCP concert watching Flea whip his head around in circles while playing bass better than anyone in the world–no exaggeration. Of course, I love RHCP for their wild numbers, like “Suck My Kiss,” “Around the World,” and “Look Around.” These are incomparably energetic, as their upbeat bass and guitar riffs send an electric shock through your body. I truthfully never knew how to dance to rock music until I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers live.
This being said, it is impossible to ignore the poetry and pain in their slower songs, such as “Under the Bridge,” “Hard to Concentrate,” and “Soul to Squeeze”. It is undeniable the longing, regret, and shame felt in some of these songs–all while being romantic. The power of this, in my mind, is almost unmatched.
My favorite part about the Red Hot Chili Peppers has more to do with them than just their music. It’s their attitudes. The kind of attitudes that cause them to go on stage stark-naked except for the socks on their penises. Their randomness and carefree sense of humor never fails to give me a lifted feeling. It’s refreshing knowing that they’re just a group of fools, while other artists take themselves so seriously. This strikes a chord with me, as we all get wrapped up in things that don’t really matter as much as we think they do. We can see this reflected in their music, too, as “Give It Away” is actually about giving material possessions away to people who they will bring happiness to. The best part of this is knowing that Anthony Kiedis and Flea are laughing alongside us at themselves.