On the Tuesday night before this amazing show, I saw Arctic Monkeys in Melbourne and I was positive that they were the best band I’ve ever seen live (honourable mention to The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Bronx for coming close) but only four days later, Chili Peppers absolutely killed it and took the spot for best live show I’ve seen in my lifetime.
Mt Duneed Estate knows how to put on a show; the stage was insanely cool and the sound was out of this world. I couldn’t believe I was in my hometown of Geelong, it was insane… Their lager is also amazing. I could go on forever about how good this show was but instead, I’ve decided to share my top five highlights of the night.
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
To be honest, I had absolutely no idea that P-Funk were supporting RHCP until a couple of hours before entering the show. The rock and roll hall of famers put on the most energetic, hilarious and truly captivating show and got everyone in the right mood for Chili Peppers. I feel so lucky to have not only seen this historical band live, but actually see the 12 minute ‘Maggot Brain’ in person. It was easily the best solo I’ve ever seen in my life and the crowd went absolutely off, loved it.
AROUND THE WORLD
Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t fuck around for one second. They opened with an intense drum and bass solo and went straight into ‘Around The World’ and the sound of the crowd when the opening bass line came in was absolutely huge. After seeing Clinton & P-Funk, I was sure that you can’t get much funkier than that but I was pleasantly surprised. You almost forget that RHCP are primarily a funk band until you see them live. I was mesmerised by the tightness and chemistry between all four members but especially with Flea and Chad, they’ve got to be some of the best musicians in the world.
DARK NECESSITIES & HUMP DE BUMP
These two songs were not very high on my list of Chili songs when they came out but wow… Both had such a crazy atmosphere to them and they’re now two of my favourite songs from the band. ‘Dark Necessities’ featured an incredible drawn out guitar solo which I think may have been improvised and Flea busted out the trumpet for ‘Hump De Bump’ – it was the shit.
I grew up wanting to be John Frusciante, his back-up vocals and amazing song writing inspired the shit out of me and to be honest, I was nervous about how Josh would do in his spot… Well he fucking nailed it. I can’t believe how good his solos, stage presence and back-up vocals were. There is no better guitarist for the Chili Peppers right now than Josh Klinghoffer. That tone, those psychedelic solos and that energy cannot be matched and god damn, I’d do horrible things for his guitar collection.
ANTHONY KIEDIS AND THE CROWD
When Anthony Kiedis sings a Chili peppers song, he doesn’t stand alone. The vocalist of one of the world’s biggest bands is always accompanied by the crowd singing with him in every single song on their set because every single song is literally a hit. It’s amazing hearing 20,000 people scream their lyrics and that’s what made ‘Suck My Kiss’, ‘By The Way’ and ‘Under The Bridge’ my favourite songs of the night. Also, I can’t leave out the fact that Klinghoffer did a cover of Divinyls ‘I Touch Myself’ as the first encore before ‘Give It Away’. He nailed it, everyone loved it… What a fucking good band.
Where: Mt Duneed Estate
When: Saturday, 2 March, 2019
Reviewed by Nathan Mossop
Photos by William Adam Russ (Right Eye Media)