Josh Klinghoffer shows his chops
Over the last decade, the Chili Peppers guitarist has done a fine job filling the impossibly big shoes of John Frusciante, but he’s become so much more than a replacement. Adding his own flair and feel into the band, Klinghoffer’s presence is now immense. Following a particularly soulful solo in “Zephyr Song,” even singer Anthony Kiedis took a second to note, “That shit sounded good, Josh.”
Flea goes full Architectural Digest
During one between-song interlude, Flea honored his host -- T.V. producer and Oceana board president Keith Addis -- with a tongue-in-cheek breakdown of his elegant property. “There’s some nice, ornate metalwork, and a tower with smooth edges,” he deadpanned. “It’s a good night.” Once his bass playing days are done, Flea might have a bright future in doing voiceovers for HGTV shows.
Anyone who’s ever come within earshot of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song knows that Smith is a monster drummer, but when the band are playing in such a tiny space, it’s a wonderfully physical experience. During a titanic “I Like Dirt,” Smith’s kick-drum reverberated hard enough to make it feel like your spleen was on the verge of rupturing.
Believe it or not, it’s 30 years since the band dropped this outrageous Stevie Wonder cover and opened the doors on their global domination, which was one of the hardest-slapping songs of the set.
By the way… how does it go again?
The finale of the night provided the lucky guests with a bizarre rarity: the Chili Peppers forgetting how to play one of their biggest hits. Flea and Klinghoffer turned to face each, apparently to start their 2002 smash “By the Way,” but looked completely perplexed by the horrendous, out-of-tune racket they created. For a good minute, the duo looked utterly stumped as guests giggled (“I blame the bass tech” quipped Kiedis) before Flea switched out his instrument and the band launched into a note-perfect “Give It Away.” As back-up plans go, it’s a pretty good one to have up your sleeve.