Only a certain kind of act can take on a venue the size Knebworth House. It’s rich history of hosting hugely successful, sell-out, events (Oasis & Robbie) together with its gigantic 80,000 capacity would prove a far too daunting task for many, but it’s safe to say, not for The Red Hot Chili Peppers tonight.
The somewhat surprising list of support acts, made up of Reverend and the Makers, The Wombats and Dizzie Rascal must have raised a few eyebrows amongst music fans everywhere, but seem to work perfectly. The Wombats received a good reaction and it seemed the crowd had forgot just how many good tunes they had in their arsenal. Dizzie stole the support act show however, as the crowd went crazy to hits such as Bonkers and Holiday. The injection of energy was what the fans needed as they proved they were well up for ‘jumping about’.
The real energy was saved for when RCHP took to the stage. Opening with Monarchy of Roses and breezing through the set with the usual indie, funk-rock excellence we’ve come to know and love from the Californian legends. The set was peppered with new stuff from the latest album, but most importantly, was packed full of classics. Around The World, Californication, Can’t Stop and Under The Bridge were highlights.
As the rain kept coming, so did the hits and the Encore featured Suck My Kiss and Give It Away. During the set they pulled out a few covers to keep it interesting including Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground. The most apt cover though must of been ‘They’re Red Hot‘ by Robert Johnson – the song title summing up tonight’s performance in more ways than one!