The Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off the 2012 I’m With You Tour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on March 29th, 2012. They made their return to the stage after an extended hiatus due to Anthony Kiedis’ foot injury and consequent surgery. See below and in our related Forum Topic for pictures, videos, setlist and reviews from the concert!
Support for Trayvon
After nearly three and a half months downtime, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (including RHCP’s tour percussionist, Mauro Refosco) came on stage wearing Black hoodies with the phrase ‘ODE TO TRAYVON STAND WHAT GROUND’ written on the back. The hoodie has become symbolic in the campaign for justice for Trayvon Martin who was wearing a hoodie when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman has admitted to shooting the unarmed 17-year-old, but has not been arrested after claiming that he acted in self-defense. Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat. Read more about the Shooting of Trayvon Martin Case on Wikipedia
1. Monarchy of Roses, 2. Can’t Stop, 3. Scar Tissue, 4. Dani California, 5. Look Around, 6. Throw Away Your Television, 7. Brendan’s Death Song, 8. Suck My Kiss, 9. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, 10. Right on Time, 11. Factory of Faith, 12. Under The Bridge, 13. Higher Ground, 14. Californication, 15. By the Way, ENCORE: 16. Around The World, 17 Meet Me At The Corner, 18 Give it Away
Not many surprises with the setlist, except for the addition of Suck My Kiss and Brendan’s Death Song, which was played for the first time on the I’m With You Tour. It was also performed in August 2011 during a theater performance of the album, prior to the tour.
Brendan’s Death Song will be the next single released from I’m With You, and will be a regular entry on RHCP’s setlists during the 2012 tour. Brendan’s Death Song was confirmed as the next single in a Billboard article, published on March 6th, 2012. The song was voted tenth best in Rolling Stones’ Top 10 Song Reader’s Poll of 2011.
TampaBay.com Review – A Controlled Burn
Riding Flea’s meaty grooves, RHCP dutifully chugged through the goodies like the elder statesmen they’ve become. “Hey Flea, this is one of my favorite songs to dance to,” said the 49-year-old Kiedis. “But since I have a [bleeped] up foot, I need you to dance for me.” And with that, they spat out the new Look Around, during which no one really danced much at all. Suck My Kiss is no longer as nasty as it wants to be, but it’s still a raucously fun song. Read more…
We’re never happy when anyone hurts themselves in an accident, but we are going to point out that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would not be kicking off their long awaited U.S. tour in Tampa if it wasn’t for Anthony Kiedis’ broken foot. The Peppers frontman, for his part, looked (despite a few hiccups) as ready as ever to get the damn thing rolling as the Tampa Bay Times Forum welcomed the gang — Keidis, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, drummer Chad Smith, and bassist/all around one of the baddest dudes out Flea — to our sunny little corridor of west central F-L-A. Read more…
Factory of Faith
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Brendan’s Death Song
Meet Me At The Corner
Suck My Kiss
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