Red Hot Chili Peppers tattoo Seville with their 'funk' rocker muscle

The Californian group Red Hot Chili Peppers is about to turn forty years old, but they had never before performed in large stadiums in Spain. The choice of Seville to start its Global Stadium Tour was, without a doubt, correct, since its entire capacity (56,000 seats) was sold out in the first week it went on sale, last October, with prices that were around the 100 euros on average.

From hours before the concert, in the bustling bar area of ​​the Alameda de Hércules and throughout the journey that crossed the Guadalquivir river to reach the La Cartuja stadium, fans crowded talking in all Spanish accents, also in English and Portuguese. , but with a unifying distinctive: the black or white t-shirts with the unmistakable Red Hot Chili Peppers logo, although there were also those of groups like Metallica, Pink Floyd, Muse or Iron Maiden. Symbols of hard rock for an audience, paradoxically, much less noisy than the football fans who go to Seville stadiums regularly and who tended more toward middle age than youth.

At 7:30 p.m., the musician from Los Angeles Thundercat, a bass virtuoso with an enviable resume —he has played with the rapper Kendrick Lamar, the jazz player Kamasi Washington and the punks Suicidal Tendencies— began to liven up the roost—exercising a funky futuristic that was received with curiosity. Beck, who was not initially on the bill and was announced at the last minute, followed him as a luxury opening act, with a concert full of enthusiastic interpretations of hits from throughout his career, but in which the 90s repertoire predominated, a decade in which which was one of the great stars of the alternative galaxy. In the celebrated performance of losepenultimate theme in his robust 45-minute concert, sent heartfelt congratulations to the night’s hosts, friends and neighbors, he said, whom he always considered one of the best Los Angeles bands, since they started together in the most underground scene of the city.

Spectators of the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Seville, this Saturday.
Spectators of the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Seville, this Saturday.JOAQUIN CORCHERO (Europa Press)

Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante, the winners, were expected to do the wave in the stands and the three instrumentalists rewarded him by starting with a jam in key rock hard as an introduction to the stellar entrance of the vocalist to the sound of Can’t Stop. They did it between colorful projections in bright colors, as if they were trying to recreate the effects of lysergic acid. In fact, part of the DNA of Californian psychedelic rock seemed to flow in BlackSummer, the first of the five songs they played from their most recent album, Unlimited Love, the twelfth of his career and number 1 in sales in half the world, if that data continues to have some relevance.

Added sentimental value for Peppers fans was the return to the stage of guitarist John Frusciante, the most legendary of the band, and who had not played with them since 2009. In fact, seeing him onstage interplay with Flea’s bass and Chad Smith’s drums, both with their rhythmic muscle intact, was one of the most joyful parts of the night. The bassist, in addition, became the unofficial spokesperson and leader of the group, cheering the public on and praising the city. A long catwalk that extended along his entire side of the stage, the left, took advantage of it to walk, dance and jump without ever stopping exhibiting himself with his technique on the four strings. Somewhat unexpectedly, the now mustachioed Kiedis stayed more in the background, although boasting of keeping himself in very good shape, both physically and vocally.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante during the concert.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante during the concert.Jose Manuel Vidal (EFE)

Yes, it can be said that the repertoire was somewhat lackluster, too weighed down by half-times that pulled formula, but that did not seem the most appropriate to turn a stadium upside down for more than an hour and a half. The most seasoned fans were grateful for the few glimpses into their wildest and wildest past, as Nobody Weird Like Me —a theme of Mother’s Milkfrom 1989—, and they filled the stadium with mobile phones on the air with their anthems scar tissue Y Californication. Although in various areas of the venue you could see posters begging or prohibiting -there were both types- that images of the stage were not posted on social networks, perhaps to preserve the surprise factor as much as possible, but nobody seemed to see them. In the expected ending with Give It Away and an encore of collective celebration with under the bridge Y By The WayEven the bartenders were immortalizing the moment with their phones. But, truth be told, the Peppers were a little stingy when it came to bringing about moments of fervor of that caliber, and the public left the stadium with faces of satisfaction, but moderate. On Tuesday the 7th, the Californians will offer their second and last concert in our country, at the Estadi Olímpic in Barcelona, ​​for which there are still tickets on sale.

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