Ageless Red Hot Chili Peppers Tear It Up At Madison Square Garden

The Chili Peppers doing a pretty killer show at The Garden is hardly surprising.  The Chili Peppers doing three distinct pretty killer shows however may be eyebrow-raising.  They busted out covers like Simon & Garfunkel’s The Only Living Boy in New York and Search & Destroy by Iggy and The Stooges.  They took you back to the Uplift Mofo, touched One Hot Minute, and whacked Hey as well as Hey Oh.  California songs – check.  Anthemic Under The Bridge – check.  Representing the spiffy Danger Mouse produced album The Getaway of last year – check.  Flea walking on his hands – check.  Anthony Kiedis leading the charge on vocals and vibes – check.

On opening night at the soundboard I crossed paths with Lenny Kravitz and I knew I was in the right place!  The Chile Peppers then strutted out and launched into a tone setting Can’t Stop with Flea’s bass thumping and Chad Smith snapping off crisp hits.  Here’s how the three nights’ setlists shook out:

  1. Instrumental Trio Jam

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  2. Can’t Stop

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  3. Dani California 

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  4. The Zephyr Song

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  5. Dark Necessities

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  6. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie 

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  7. Right on Time

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  8. Go Robot

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  9. Californication 

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  10. Sick Love

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  11. Search and Destroy  – Iggy and The Stooges cover

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  12. The Getaway 

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  13. Suck My Kiss

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  14. Under the Bridge

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  15. By the Way 

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  16. Encore:
  17. Goodbye Angels 

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  18. Give It Away
  1. Instrumental Trio Jam

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  2. Around the World

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  3. Otherside

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  4. Snow ((Hey Oh))

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  5. Dark Necessities

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  6. Hey

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  7. Look Around

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  8. Go Robot

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  9. Californication

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  10. I Like Dirt 

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  11. Aeroplane

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  12. Dreams of a Samurai

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  13. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder cover

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  14. Soul to Squeeze

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  15. By the Way

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  16. Encore:
  17. Anymore  – Thelonious Monster cover featuring Josh Klinghoffer guitar solo

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  18. Goodbye Angels 

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  19. Give It Away
  1. Instrumental Trio Jam
  2. Can’t Stop

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  3. Dani California

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  4. Scar Tissue

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  5. Dark Necessities

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  6. Hard to Concentrate

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  7. Me & My Friends 

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  8. Go Robot

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  9. Californication

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  10. Around the World

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  11. Don’t Forget Me

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  12. The Longest Wave

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  13. Suck My Kiss

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  14. Under the Bridge

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  15. By the Way 

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  16. Encore:
  17. The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon & Garfunkel cover

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  18. Goodbye Angels

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  19. Give It Away

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