Red Hot Chili Peppers' Tulsa show has rough start but maintains energy
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Longtime rock act the Red Hot Chili Peppers got off to a rocky start as it played to a near-full house Tuesday night at the BOK Center. Frontman Anthony Kiedis fell during the opening song, the new “Monarchy of Roses.”
First, though, Kiedis had cussed at an audience member who threw a beer on the stage, which held up the concert several minutes as the stage was cleaned. He had been hit with a water bottle at another stop on the tour.
Bassist Flea took up the slack with an impromptu solo before the quartet launched into its set, which included “Snow (Hey Oh),” “Can’t Stop,” “Throw Away Your Television” “Californication,” “Give It Away,” “By the Way” and an arena sing-along to “Under the Bridge.”
Flea did most of the talking, too. He thanked Tulsa for music icons Bob Wills, Leon Russell and the Gap Band.
The night’s energy never peaked, though. Flea’s solos brought fans to screaming between nearly every song as he’d tease with classic riffs including “Stone Cold Bush.”
Flea easily stole the stage and the show with whacked-out punk-jazz-disco bass riffs.
Finally, it was a Stevie Wonder cover that brought the crowd to its feet. The funk-punk classic “Higher Ground” screamed into every inch of air as fans pogo jumped and fist-pumped.
Read more in Wednesday's Tulsa World and at tulsaworld.com tomorrow.
Watch a slideshow of images from the concert.
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at the BOK Center on Tuesday evening. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World