To say the four Red Hot Chili Peppers were enthusiastic to finally perform not one but two sold-out shows in their hometown of Los Angeles this week would be a massive understatement. When longtime members Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith, plus John Frusciante replacement Josh Klinghoffer on guitar, took to the stage with “Monarch of Roses” Saturday night at Staples Center, the audience reaction was explosive.
Most of these RHCP fans had purchased their tickets last year, since these dates on the group’s I’m With You World Tour were supposed to take place in late February. But Kiedis injured his right foot at the start of the year and the band had to postpone the North American leg of its outing, initially set to kick off in Florida in January. L.A. die-hards had patiently waited a long time for this night, and the Chili Peppers did not disappoint.
The band proved just how much it deserved its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past April by not just just going through the motions but actually looking excited each time it burst into a new track.
Photos by Kelly A. Swift, for the Orange County Register
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