Some of you predicted this post, right? I haven’t been this excited for a Super Bowl Halftime show since…well… I don’t know. For those of you who don’t follow where I am going with this post, Bruno Mars is doing the Halftime Super Bowl show but with The Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of my all-time favorite bands. I spoke about that amazing night in 1991 when I went to see The Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago with some friends and had one of the best experiences ever. I mean, the opening acts were two other little unknown bands named Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. I wrote all about it here.Well, I went to see The RHCP because I LOVED them. I could care less who the other two opening acts were and I had never heard of them. They were my intro into the Alternative Rock scene and I was hooked. But the difference with them was that their music was different and edgier than what was coming out. The funky, reggae/rap sounds with Anthony Kiedis’ delivery was magic. I devoured Blood Sugar Sex Magik and anything else that they had released or was going to.
Their stage presence, their nutty antics (who will ever visually forget wearing only a sock on stage) only added to their allure. I am looking forward to seeing what they do some 23 years later. And I must add this one little personal tidbit. John Frusciante. He’s my favorite guitarist for The Chilis. There have been many revolving in and out of the band but he is the piece that makes the band complete for me. He was only 18 when he joined the band and his story about what happened to him years later, the drugs, the dangerous conditions they found him living in, the medical treatment he needed to come back from the dead and then his recovery are dark and powerful. Just read about them and you’ll find a band whose brilliance and resilience is what makes them so captivating.
This is a favorite video of mine. It is one of them years later, after all of their troubles and still going strong. John Frusciante is back and they take the stage like they were when they started out.