Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up Amalie Arena
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A crowd filled with fans 40 and up, the smell of weed and floors made sticky by spilled beer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers made all of these beautiful things possible when they came to the Amalie Arena on April 27.
The concert included a captivating light show, bass riffs by musician Michael “Flea” Balzary and two hours of nonstop entertainment.
From the Intro Jam to Give It Away, every person on stage was electric. They all brought a certain charisma to the mix that cannot be matched by any live concert I have ever seen.
There is nothing I love more than a singer who isn’t afraid to totally let loose on stage. None of the lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis’ movements look choreographed or planned. He reacts to the music and is enamored by every song. This is incredibly refreshing compared to current artists who surround themselves with backup dancers or take hours of lessons to be as polished as possible. Music is about the freedom of expression and performing should be the same way. Kiedis is a bold performer who rejects the idea of perfection. The beauty of his performance lies in his passion. Every movement is relaxed yet full of energy, invigorating the crowd to jump around or start headbanging.
Drummer Chad Smith is a legend. He is the best since Ginger Baker and brings more intensity than any other musician. If the show was two hours of watching Smith hammer away at the drums I would still pay for it. He’s charismatic and engaging and everything a good drummer should be. Smith completely controls the tempo of the show and isn’t afraid to improvise. The rest of the members watch him enter his own world sticks, symbols and bass drums. They appear to be just as impressed by his talent as the crowd is.
One of the low points of the show was the lack of older music from their funk rock years. Not a single song was played from One Hot minute, which is one of their best albums. Only two songs were played from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which was the third best album on the billboard top 200 in 1991. There is no reason these albums should have been ignored like they were. The band settled for their early 2000s hits instead of the songs that made them famous. Red Hot Chili Peppers needs to get back to their roots and play the music that made them members of the Rock Hall of Fame.
Red Hot Chili Peppers let Tampa know they were here to please and the band followed through. The concert was worth every penny. There is not another band out there that can match the intensity or chemistry that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have. For 34 years they have gone been giving people albums to fall in love with and I hope it is possible for them to go on for 34 more.