Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Brooklyn Super Bowl bash
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While CBS Radio presented WFAN's Big Hello to Brooklyn Saturday night at the Barclays Center in celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII, headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers said a big goodbye to their fans, for now.
"We are about to go into hibernation mode to write and record a new album," said bassist Flea. "It's nice to have one last blow out before we do."
This fearless foursome, who will perform with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl half-time show, brought boundless energy to the stage all the while radiating their signature cool funky vibe. From the opening number "Can't Stop" to it's follow-up "Dani California," the Chili Peppers were on fire as they absorbed the electricity in the room.
Always pushing the envelope of fashion, lead singer Anthony Kiedis wore a tuxedo suit with a T-shirt and the right pant leg tailored into shorts and a knee-high tube sock. But it wasn't long before he was shirtless like Flea who arrived on stage baring his chest and tattoos.
Part of the charm of seeing the Chili Peppers in concert is witnessing the zany spiritual bond between Flea and Kiedis. During, "Otherside" and a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," the duo pranced around the stage like kids in a bounce castle after drinking too much Mountain Dew.
Drummer Chad Smith, Will Ferrell's doppelgänger, showed off his groove chops on "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" while new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer proved that he has grown into the role of filling John Frusciante's big shoes.
The Chili Peppers attract a party crowd, ranging from teens to middle-agers, who like to participate by singing on the chorus of both "Snow (Hey Oh)" and the classic, "Under the Bridge."
During their encore, the Chili Peppers delivered the goods on "Around the World" and "Soul to Squeeze" before launching into the grand finale.
"Seattle! Denver! Let's give it away!" shouted Kiedis. Balloons in the colors of the Super Bowl teams and blowup footballs fell from the ceiling as the band whipped into a frenzy on "Give It Away" while cheerleaders from both teams danced on the arena floor closing the show.
"Peace and love to you all," shouted Flea before he exited. "Support live music. It's the voice of the people!"