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For millions of people around the world, 2022 will mark their official return to the glorious experience that is live music. It couldn’t come soon enough. After the pandemic completely upended the concert industry, while forcing artists and crew members who make their living on the road to stay at home over the last couple of years, there’s been an explosion recently of new tour announcements from seemingly every band and performer out there, hoping to entertain the masses for a few hours at a club, arena, or amphitheater near you.
Count Red Hot Chili Peppers as among those vying for your hard-earned dollars this summer, as they embark on their very first full-blown stadium run. While the SoCal rockers have certainly played their fair share of massive, outdoor events in the past, they’ve never carried out an operation of this magnitude by themselves.
“I would say the most attractive thing about that is just that it’s something new that we haven’t done before,” singer Anthony Kiedis says, speaking to Consequence for the group’s exclusive digital cover story. “I like playing festivals, I like playing laundromats, I like playing dive bars, I like playing house parties. So, a stadium’s just another venue and we will figure out how to bring the music to the person in the very last row. I’m cool with it.”
While thousands of Red Hot Chilis heads will already be enticed to make it out to London Stadium, T-Mobile Park, or Soldier Field to watch the band play some of their first shows with returning guitarist John Frusciante in over a decade, it’s the eye-popping undercard that makes this particular run, perhaps the can’t miss tour of 2022.
The breadth of artists the Chilis have assembled to help them take on the world is patently bonkers. Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals. A$AP Rocky. Beck. HAIM. King Princess. St. Vincent. The Stokes. And Thundercat.
The criteria the band imposed to make the cut was simple. “It’s like, who can fucking carry a stage?” Flea, the group’s bass player says. “I would like to just have some dude go up there and play a fucking flute, but it’s like someone’s got to fucking carry a big stage and rock the people, you know?”
With the matter of being able to rock a stage settled, the next question became a matter of taste. “I may have had Thundercat on my personal list, but that’s also something that I know Flea was very much in favor of,” Kiedis says.
He was certainly correct about that! “I’m so psyched to share the stage with Thundercat every night,” the bassist says. “He’s playing for the first six months of the tour… and I love that dude. What a phenomenal musician. So, to get to have a bass player who I really look up to and admire out on the stage, that’s exciting for me. And The Strokes, Beck, Anderson .Paak, come on, man. Let’s go!”
“It’s a very special tour and I’m beyond excited to be a part of it,” The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. tells Consequence. For Hammond Jr., who once sang “Under The Bridge” during his 6th grade graduation, the chance to share the stage with the alt-rock icons is a sincere thrill. He even jokes about framing the fax he received with the offer to appear. “Chad Smith was at our away show in 2003 and he was on stage throwing the fans who had come on stage to stage dive back into the crowd,” he recalls. “He acted as security for the night. Was pretty amazing. I can’t wait to see them on this tour.”
While many groups might be daunted at the prospect that such an eclectic and dynamic array of opening acts might pull focus, Flea for one isn’t at all concerned. “Some bands, it’s real important to them, that no one that can steal the show from them,” he says. “I’m like, ‘Try to fucking take the stage. Go out there. Let me see what you got.’ Because I got no fucking problem rocking a mother fucker.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Consequence cover story is exclusive digital cover story.
Tickets to Chili Peppers’ upcoming stadium tour are now available through Ticketmaster.
Red Hot Chili Peppers 2022 Tour Dates:
06/04 – Seville, ES @ Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla $
06/07 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadi Olimpic $
06/10 – Nijmegen, NL @ Goffertpark $
06/15 – Budapest, HU @ Puskas Stadium $
06/18 – Firenze, IT @ Firenze Rocks
06/22 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford $
06/25 – London, UK @ London Stadium ~
06/29 – Dublin, IE @. Marlay Park ~
07/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Bellahouston Park ~
07/03 – Leuven, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/05 – Cologne, DE @ RheinEnergieStadium $
07/08 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France ~
07/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion $
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Empower Field at Mile High *
07/27 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park *
07/29 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium +
07/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium +
08/03 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park ^
08/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ Allegiant Stadium %
08/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Truist Park ^
08/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium ^
08/14 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park ^
08/17 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Metlife Stadium ^
08/19 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field ^
08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre ^
08/30 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium ^
09/01 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank of America Stadium ^
09/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park ^
09/08 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park ^
09/10 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park #
09/15 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium ^
09/18 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Field ^
$ = w/ A$AP Rocky and Thundercat
~ = w/ Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat
* = w/ special guests HAIM and Thundercat
+ = w/ special guests Beck and Thundercat
^ = w/ special guests The Strokes and Thundercat
% = w/ special guests The Strokes and King Princess
# = w/ special guests St. Vincent and Thundercat