Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Isle of Wight Festival

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Pepers performing on the Main Stage, at the Isle of Wight Festival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Pepers performing on the Main Stage, at the Isle of Wight Festival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Val Loft, right, recently celebrated her 80th birthday. In a bizzare claim to fame, she once told off the Kray twins for jumping in front of her in the queue at a fish market.
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Although the Chili’s headlining set clashed with England’s opening match, it certainly didn’t put a dent in the size of the crowd that turned out for them.

By the time the band’s intro music came on they were 15 minutes late (some were wondering if singer Anthony Kiedis was still playing foosball backstage) and the tension in the crowd had reached fever pitch.

Drummer Chad Smith was the first to appear, shortly followed by bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, with the three launching into an intense jam around the drum riser.

But when Kiedis bounded on and the riff for Can’t Stop kicked in, the crowd duly went nuts.

From there it was straight into the ridiculously catchy Dani California and the band were in full flow.

The Chilis always have a raw physicality about them when they play live, with Flea, stripped to the waist, leaping all over the place, while Kiedis prowls the stage.

And comparatively new boy Klinghoffer more than holds his own on the older material, and rips out some incredible solos.

The title track to their ’91 classic, Blood Sugar, Sex Magik gets an outing, which proves to be a highlight, and the main set ends on a high with a fine one-two of Californication and By The Way.

There’s a single encore of Give it Away, which leaves the crowd cheering for more, but Flea takes to the mic to announce that they would love to play for ‘another 10 hours’ but can’t because of ‘the law.’

Perhaps it might have helped if they came onstage on time.

It was a great set though, and the crowd lapped it up.

However, considering this is the four-piece’s only UK and Ireland date in 2014 it would have been nice to see them pull out something special just for the occasion, but it wasn’t to be.

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