The Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold out some of the biggest stadiums in the world. But, according to NME they're just as happy playing in the bassist's back garden. On Tuesday night, the band took to the stage (or patio, as the case may have been) to perform a nine song set to an audience that included Owen Wilson and Edward Norton as well as producer Rick Rubin. The evening, which featured a performance by punk band Rancid, was to raise money for Flea's music school, Silver Lake Conservatory. There was also an art auction, where a piece by Banksy was reportedly sold for $100,000. The event happened to take place on the bassist's 50th birthday. Tuesday night's set list was as follows:
"Snow (Hey Oh)"
"Monarchy of Roses"
"Soul to Squeeze"
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
"Right on Time"
"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young Cover)"
"Give It Away"
"By the Way"
In light of the 2nd US Presidential Debate, Flea has noted: "The last thing that should happen is a funding cut for education; it should be increased. We need to put more money towards education and anything else is abusive. The most important thing to me with any politician is that they don't start wars, but education is a big part of that, too, because educated people are less likely to do stupid, violent things."
Two weeks ago, the Chili Peppers released two new singles that had been recorded during the sessions for last year's "I'm With You" album.