After a delay of exactly 11 years and two weeks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally performed before a cheering audience at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Monday night. The legendary funk-rock group, although a bit older now, proved to the audience that it was well worth the wait.
Members of the band, now in their 50s, put on a show that defied age, one with an energy level that has not been experienced by Israeli music fans for many years. The Peppers wrapped up a summer in Israel that has been considered one of the best as far as performances go, and left behind expectations for even better shows next summer.
In the early hours of Monday morning, long lines appeared outside ticket offices in Tel Aviv. Outside the Dan Hotel, throngs of fans and admirers gathered in the hope of getting a glimpse of the stars. Radio stations played the hit songs of the band — which has been performing since the mid-1980s — throughout the entire day.
A moment after the clock struck 9 p.m., Anthony Kiedis, the band’s front man, and the rest of the group alighted the stage and opened with a bang. The California-based group performed several of their greatest hits, including” Give it Away,” “Californication,” “Under the Bridge,” and some hits from their new album such as “Monarchy of Roses” and “Did I Let You Know,” which were accompanied by Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen. The band performed 20 songs overall, including one Stevie Wonder cover. The Tel Aviv gig wrapped up their 2012 European tour.