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I’m with them

31 Aug

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ E-Werk Cologne, filming I'm with youSome time ago, I got an e-mail. It stated quite blankly that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were filming a live DVD for their new album “I’m with you”. Now, the album hadn’t been released and I can’t deny having been in two minds about it. Honestly: what were the chances of another “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” coming along? Anyway, the DVD was to be filmed in Cologne and the audience would be extremely limited.

I’ve seen the Chili Peppers three times. The smallest venue was probably the Brixton Academy. And that already sums up the trouble with going to see a band of that magnitude. Any show will always take place in a stadium or similar. No club atmosphere, no close-up experience. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still always try to squeeze through to the front, even in a stadium-size venue. But it’s just not the same. So when this e-mail came and offered me tickets to the filming of this DVD, I had to take the chance. Whether I’d listened to the new music or not.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ E-Werk Cologne, filming I'm with youSo my two favorite allies and I made our way to Cologne to the E-Werk. The Chili Peppers came on stage and “funked” each and every song off the new record plus “Me and my friends” and “Give it away”. And two of my wishes came true. First of all, Anthony Kiedis sounded good. Sometimes, I think the arena sound doesn’t do him any favors. Second of all, Josh Klinghoffer – the new guitarist replacing legendary John Frusciante – did an awesome job. Flea and Chad, as always, did not disappoint.

Seeing them in a smaller space, probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and hearing the new music live really rekindled the comatose relationship I’ve had with the Chili Peppers lately. “I’m with you” isn’t a first-listen winner. But it does grow on you unbelievably over time. It’s funky, soulful, complete. So I guess I have to admit – all doubts aside – I’m with them. Once again.



Red Hot Chili Peppers @ E-Werk Cologne, filming I'm with you

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ E-Werk Cologne, filming I'm with you

Too steep

22 Jun

It’s the eternal question. How much is too much? How far are you willing to go for an icon? Or icons, in this case? Namely Anthony, Flea, Chad and – now – Josh. The last time I saw the Chili Peppers must have been around 2006. At the time, a dear friend gave me the ticket for my birthday. This time, I had to go the extra mile myself. 82 Euros. That’s about 120 USD.

There was a discussion on FB about the ticket price. I totally agree – 82 Euros is a lot, even for an iconic band. but I just couldn’t resist. so, I’ll be there in October, trying to catch a glimpse. Worth it? I don’t know. What do you think?