Summer Concert Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Joe Ramey

On June 25th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid a visit to lead drummer Chad Smith’s hometown of Grand Rapids. The performance was varied, ranging from softer deep cuts to their loud and catchy hits like “Can’t Stop” and “Californication” The band was accompanied by synchronized lights dangling from the Van Andel Arena rafters, that moved according to volume and pitch of the songs. Fans hands were raised throughout the concert, holding both their lighters and their cell phones.

The group played songs from all of their albums and EPs, allowing for a wide range of audience members to be appeased. The audience was full of both young and old fans, creating a happy and friendly vibe that carried in through the night.

Lead singer Anthony Kiedis made a statement about his father’s health and asked audience members to take a moment of silence along with him, only to follow it up with the loud “Higher Ground” to end the night.

Red Hot Chili Peppers remain at the top of their game even after over two decades of touring and producing, even releasing their newest album ‘The Getaway” and having it reach top slots in rock genre charts.