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- Posted on Aug 23rd 2011 12:40PM by Theo Bark
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The private concert featured an audience of extremely courteous and excited die-hard fans who applied for tickets online and music-industry heavyweights like Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen, all of whom were in attendance to watch the Chili Peppers play one of their most intimate shows in recent memory.
Anthony Kiedis took the stage in an OFF! hat and tuxedo jacket, much to the crowd's delight, flanked by a purple-haired, typically shirtless Flea, lanky John Frusciante replacement Josh Klinghoffer and a backwards-hat-rocking Chad Smith. The energy in the 450-capacity room was evident, as the band kicked the things off with their new single 'Monarchy of Roses,' segueing straight into their 2006 hit 'Can't Stop.'
"Thanks for coming, everybody," Flea said to the crowd. "Every other song will be a new one this evening."
True to his word, the band went on to rip through a blistering selection of their recent catalog, alternating between songs from 'I'm With You' and recent hits like 'Charlie' and 'I Like Dirt.'
Several songs into the set, Kiedis and Flea took a moment to reminisce about attending shows at the Roxy as teens. "Climb up the back window, you're in the back room, you're drinking with the band and you're in the show for free," Flea told the crowd. "And we got laid!"
The band then went into a spirited version of their pre-'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' hit 'Me and My Friends.' "That's old," Flea muttered at the end. "We're old."
The band continued to breeze through new and old tunes, including a trumpet-aided Latin-influenced number from 'I'm With You,' and two of the crowd's favorite ballads of the night, 'Californication' and 'Soul to Squeeze,' before closing with an energetic performance of 'By the Way.'
Though the crowd was ecstatic about the almost-90-minute set they'd already seen, Smith and Flea returned for an encore percussion jam, then launched into 'Don't Forget Me' and finally their breakout hit 'Give it Away,' which Flea introduced as "a new one you've never heard before."
The concert was taped for a special called 'Fuse Presents: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live From the Roxy' and will air on Aug. 30, along with a sit-down interview with the band, starting at 8:30PM ET. For more info on the show and to view clips, visit Fuse's website.