Red Hot Chili Peppers played The Meadows (pics, video, setlist)
Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the final day of The Meadows with a 90-minute set that delivered a lot of hits despite some technical difficulties. Billboard reports that “some cues were mistimed, some rhythms felt slightly off, and bassist Flea in particular was plagued with technical issues — at one point comparing the hiss in his earpiece to ‘sandpaper scraped on my brain by Satan.'” Still, the band soldiered through for one of their trademark high energy performances. Billboard goes on to say:
Given the younger-skewing crowd, it was unsurprising that the band kept it light on early material: “Higher Ground,” their breakout Stevie Wonder cover, was the sole representative of the band’s punk-funk ’80s fare, and even 1991’s 7x platinum Blood Sugar Sex Magik got just a pair of inclusions. Still, it was a little stunning just how much that album’s “Under the Bridge” resounded — a full quarter-century after having peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — with seemingly the entire thousands-strong crowd singing along to every word. Klinghoffer introduced the song by riffing a little on The Beatles’ “In My Life,” and it’s pretty clear now that “Under the Bridge” will endure as that song has: a ballad of undeniable, inescapable humanity, real and powerful enough to transcend genre and generation.
In addition to their version of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” (which was a hit for them in 1989), RHCP’s Meadows’ set included a few covers: The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and Funkadelic’s “What is Soul.” See the full setlist and a few video clips below, and photos in the gallery above.
We posted about Broken Social Scene’s Sunday set at The Meadows as well as Action Bronson’s; stay tuned for more from day three of the festival, and catch up on the weekend with our pictures from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE.
Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Meadows, 9/17/2017
I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges)
Right on Time
What Is Soul? (Funkadelic)
Don’t Forget Me
Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)
Under the Bridge
By the Way
Give It Away
photos by P Squared