Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flea Sparks Super Funky Peppers Set

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flea Sparks Super Funky Peppers Set

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the Consol Energy Center stage Wednesday night wearing the tube socks -- with a twist.

Rather than using them to cover certain "parts," Flea and Anthony Kiedis each had one pant leg cut off and wore the striped tube sock proudly on their feet.

Maybe it will catch on -- it's no sillier looking than the fad of high black socks and Nike sliders. For the Peppers, it was a look that said we're old veterans now and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, but we're still a little goofy.

Flea declared at the end of the night, "We've been coming here for 30 years now, and every time has been better than the last!"

That's debatable, but surely the Chili Peppers have come a long way from the Graffiti days when their highlight was "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes."

From the moment they hit the stage, with the first of many mini- jam sessions, the Peppers were an instrumental powerhouse. They are essentially a funk power trio led by Flea, who, at 49, is still a rock 'n' roll animal unleashed on the stage. His bass was cranked to max volume and was the dominant instrument throughout the show, as it should be.

Although Mr. Kiedis is the frontman, Flea, all muscles and buzzed green hair, is the show. He slaps it, slides it, caresses it, grooves it -- he can make the bass sound like anything. He also provided the comedy, telling the crowd, "I went to Tiki Lounge last night [on the South Side]. Passed out in my own vomit. Some college students beat the [hell] out of me."

Flea's longtime co-anchor is Chad Smith, who has only gotten stronger and more nimble with age (and even hung on a circular light rig at one point). As for Josh Klinghoffer, it's been fashionable to pick on the new guy. He's not John Frusciante, but guys on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list don't grow on trees. …

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