Fenway Park put on their last show of the calendar year with a heck of a three band bill to say goodbye to the summer. On their first tour of stadiums in the USA, Red Hot Chili Peppers showed that they can easily put on shows of this size. With a wild video wall that went from the top of the stage to below the band, it was a feast for the eyes with trippy visuals throughout the night that band would be weaved in and out of. The band is at a high point live right now with guitarist John Frusciante back in the mix. While the band’s funk is always up front and center, there were plenty of spacey jams that were intros and outros to many of the night’s 19 songs. Watching Flea still be able to jump around stage at 59 is wild as is the intensity to which Chad Smith is still going at 60. Anthony Kiedis somehow never gets older and is in phenomenal shape both physically and vocally.
It wasn’t just the Chili Peppers though as they had two unreal supporting acts on the night. Thundercat, who has been on the entire tour, and St. Vincent, who was only at this show, brought everything in their arsenal to open. St. Vincent’s 45 minute set 10 song set wasted no time in getting going and Annie and crew never let their foot off the pedal. Fenway was mostly filled by the time she ended and the roar from the crowd was great to hear. Thundercat opened the whole thing as the sun began to set and he put on a clinic in the 30 minutes he had. Watching him play is nothing but joy as he just makes you want to dance.
Article/Images: Bryan Lasky