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Respects to the late Chuck Berry who passed away at the age of 90. The four-piece (along with two backing musicians) paid tribute to the Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer. ‘We wouldn’t be here without Chuck Berry’ – Anthony Kiedis. If only Michael J. Fox would have taken the stage with his red Gibson.

Here’s to the endless jam sessions (the concert started off with the ‘Chili three’ without Kiedis and a six minute jam), and the expanding repertoire of their catalogue. What’s become a staple for a Red Hot Chili Peppers show is the use of overhead lights. The band really outdid themselves with an enormous grid of LED lights (yo-yos) that were suspended on individual wires above the stage and floor seating.
Can I be as physically fit as Anthony and Flea when I hit 54? The lead singer did leave the stage a number of times to either recover from his battle of bronchitis, or to let the others do their thing. Chad Smith’s drum solos are something else and the guitar duelling between Flea and Josh Klinghoffer provides its own visual stimulus that no big screen can duplicate. Funny that there weren’t as many phones out around Josh as I thought there would be.
The loudest cheer of the night was when the next Iggy Pop (Kiedis) took his shirt off (if you got it, flaunt it). Even Flea, who jumped around like a flea, couldn’t be outdone as he walked on his hands before the encore.
Peppers started at 9:44pm and wrapped up their 19-song setlist at 11:15pm. Their setlist changes from city to city and the Vancouver show will be made available on MP3 at http://redhotchilipeppers.com
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Intro Jam
Can’t Stop
Dani California
Scar Tissue
Dark Necessities
Pea
Wet Sand
Johnny B. Goode
(Chuck Berry cover)
Me & My Friends
Go Robot
Californication
Sick Love
Parallel Universe
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Suck My Kiss
Under the Bridge
By the Way

Encore:
Goodbye Angels
Give It Away
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The Rickster (wondering how full it was for Trombone Shorty who could be the next best band for a future late night talk show).

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