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August 24, 2011
MUSIC Taylor Swift The singer-songwriter brings her "Speak Now" tour to the Staples Center for four nights of fairy tales, fireworks and plenty of other fanfare. Raising money for the victims of tornadoes in the South, her visual feast of a tour is named for her third album of self-penned fantasia, like the hit songs "Sparks Fly" and "Back to December. " Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St. 7 p.m. $25-$79.50. http://www.ticketmaster.com Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante has come and gone twice, but the iconic funk punk band's mission to bring the party to the people remains unchanged.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
As our regular readers might recall, Pop & Hiss didn't especially enjoy Red Hot Chili Peppers' appearance Sunday night during the otherwise-delightful Super Bowl halftime show by Bruno Mars. Did our distaste for the band's rendition of "Give It Away" have anything to do with the fact that Flea appeared to be playing a bass that wasn't plugged in, as a number of keen-eyed observers pointed out following the performance? It did not. Before it's a concert, the Super Bowl halftime show is -- like the football game that surrounds it -- a full-tilt TV spectacle, one far more dependent on energy and charisma and visual style than on whether actual instruments are being actually played before our eyes and ears.
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April 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- "I feel like I'm in 'Lawrence of Arabia,' " Anthony Kiedis said Sunday night, not long after Red Hot Chili Peppers had taken the main stage at Coachella for the final headlining performance of the three-day festival. Kiedis was referring to the dust storm that blew up Sunday afternoon and quickly turned the Empire Polo Club into a wind-swept sandbox. But the frontman might also have felt like Lawrence because he was standing before a crowd the size of an army, easily the biggest any one act played to at Coachella.
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February 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people? The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones.
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October 31, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Young turned up in Los Angeles on Wednesday night at a hilltop mansion in Silver Lake that hosted the annual benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory music school, the event spearheaded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, singer Anthony Kiedis and which also featured a performance by the Chili Peppers. An audience of about 600 paid a minimum of $2,000 apiece to be in on the intimate performance and take part in a silent auction of donated works of art by luminaries who included Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, musician-actor John Lurie and several others.
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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to join headline act Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Mars is scheduled to make the announcement that he has invited the group to appear at the big game during Fox's coverage of the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks playoff contest on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Currently on tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were already lined up to play a pre-Super Bowl bash in Brooklyn on Feb. 1, hosted by sports radio station WFAN-AM in New York.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
As our regular readers might recall, Pop & Hiss didn't especially enjoy Red Hot Chili Peppers' appearance Sunday night during the otherwise-delightful Super Bowl halftime show by Bruno Mars. Did our distaste for the band's rendition of "Give It Away" have anything to do with the fact that Flea appeared to be playing a bass that wasn't plugged in, as a number of keen-eyed observers pointed out following the performance? It did not. Before it's a concert, the Super Bowl halftime show is -- like the football game that surrounds it -- a full-tilt TV spectacle, one far more dependent on energy and charisma and visual style than on whether actual instruments are being actually played before our eyes and ears.
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June 28, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To altruistic fans, Friday's rock-star-studded benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium offered excellent value for the charity dollar. Unlike many such events, the show starring the Red Hot Chili Peppers was long on energetic performances and refreshingly short on proselytizing.
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June 6, 1999 | SANDY MASUO
In the '80s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers earned a raunchy reputation, specializing in such brazenly lascivious funk-rock etudes as "Sexy Mexican Maid" and "Jungle Man." The '90s have been a different story. Compelled to explore its milder side (and mainstream potential), the Peppers began seeding their albums with flaccid but successful radio fodder and the occasional pensive lyric.
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November 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Am I dessert?" Neil Young wryly asked the crowd of about 600 who attended the annual concert benefiting the Silverlake Conservatory. He followed a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing for a crowd who'd paid a minimum of $2,000 a seat to attend the event in the historic Paramour Mansion overlooking downtown Los Angeles. "I think I'm the main course, but I like being dessert. " Young, 67, served up a half-hour-plus solo acoustic set Wednesday that included several of his own cornerstone numbers as well as versions of songs by fellow folk-rockers Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and Phil Ochs.
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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to join headline act Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Mars is scheduled to make the announcement that he has invited the group to appear at the big game during Fox's coverage of the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks playoff contest on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Currently on tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were already lined up to play a pre-Super Bowl bash in Brooklyn on Feb. 1, hosted by sports radio station WFAN-AM in New York.
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November 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Am I dessert?" Neil Young wryly asked the crowd of about 600 who attended the annual concert benefiting the Silverlake Conservatory. He followed a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing for a crowd who'd paid a minimum of $2,000 a seat to attend the event in the historic Paramour Mansion overlooking downtown Los Angeles. "I think I'm the main course, but I like being dessert. " Young, 67, served up a half-hour-plus solo acoustic set Wednesday that included several of his own cornerstone numbers as well as versions of songs by fellow folk-rockers Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and Phil Ochs.
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October 31, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Young turned up in Los Angeles on Wednesday night at a hilltop mansion in Silver Lake that hosted the annual benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory music school, the event spearheaded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, singer Anthony Kiedis and which also featured a performance by the Chili Peppers. An audience of about 600 paid a minimum of $2,000 apiece to be in on the intimate performance and take part in a silent auction of donated works of art by luminaries who included Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, musician-actor John Lurie and several others.
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June 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
One of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles this month was for a last-minute club show by Atoms for Peace, the high-profile side project built around an odd couple of alternative-rock superstars. The concert was in preparation for an extensive world tour that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers were to launch in the wake of their debut, the February release "Amok. " The idea was to try out some of the Atoms material in front of a small audience at a cozy West Adams performance space temporarily dubbed Club Amok.
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June 20, 2013 | By Cale Ottens and Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Aspiring punk-rock and alternative bands packed patrons into grungy Al's Bar in downtown Los Angeles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, making it one of the West Coast's best-known venues for hearing edgy music of the era. Well-known performers such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, the Fall, Sonic Youth, Beck and the Misfits all strode the modest stage in the dive bar at 303 S. Hewitt St. before they made it big. The bar closed in 2001 but...
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June 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
“This is a rehearsal, right?” asked Thom Yorke not long into his show Friday night with Atoms for Peace, and that was one way of looking at it. Announced online Friday morning (with tickets available through radio stations, record stores and a raffle held by the Silverlake Conservatory of Music), the last-minute gig offered a chance for the band to show off some of the material it's been honing privately here in L.A. before it launches a world tour on July 6 in Paris. In a sense, though, aren't all Atoms for Peace shows rehearsals?
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June 20, 2013 | By Cale Ottens and Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Aspiring punk-rock and alternative bands packed patrons into grungy Al's Bar in downtown Los Angeles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, making it one of the West Coast's best-known venues for hearing edgy music of the era. Well-known performers such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, the Fall, Sonic Youth, Beck and the Misfits all strode the modest stage in the dive bar at 303 S. Hewitt St. before they made it big. The bar closed in 2001 but...
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May 2, 1990 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
"Golf is an extraordinarily suave sport," says Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a funk/punk/rock 'n' roll band from Los Angeles, and avid practitioner of the very clean-cut sport. After seven years underground, the Chili Peppers are basking in mainstream success and recognition. Their latest album, "Mother's Milk," just went gold, with sales of more than 500,000 copies, and their song "Show Me Your Soul" made the soundtrack of the feature film "Pretty Woman."
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April 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Perhaps the most lukewarm performance Pop & Hiss caught last weekend at the first installment of Coachella was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing set on Sunday night, a true punk-funk-by-numbers operation . As you make your plans for the remainder of Weekend 2, then, allow us to suggest skipping Sunday's headliners in favor of Disclosure, the British electro-soul duo scheduled to play opposite the Chili Peppers at 11:10 p.m. Sunday in...
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April 15, 2013 | By Randall Roberts and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
There are a lot of people in this world, and it seems as if most of them were at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend. A logistical puzzle, certainly, and one that requires feedback in order to improve. The festival continues next weekend in Indio, so now's a good time for a mid-festival debriefing. What didn't work? What could be better? What follows are 10 modest proposals for promoter Goldenvoice that could add more sparkle to the festival. Expand the Yuma tent.
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