Canada (Winnipeg), September 20, 2006 Review

artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers date: 09/22/2006 category: live concerts

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Canada (Winnipeg), September 20, 2006
The sound of the Chili Peppers has always been amazing. John Frusciante rocked out to at least one hardcore solo for every song, and they were amazing.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Canada (Winnipeg), September 20, 2006 Reviewed by: mikr_guitar, on september 22, 2006
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Sound: The sound of the Chili Peppers has always been amazing. Their first visit to Winnipeg in their 23 years, there was 13,000 screaming fans singing along to old favorites. Guitarist (and my hero) John Frusciante rocked out to at least one hardcore solo for every song, and they were amazing. The only one that matched up to the recorded version was the solo for Dani California, and it only matched the first half. In one of the songs, Frusciante took off his guitar and played a bongo solo, while Kieidis kept up the guitar parts. Frusciante played a couple different guitars during the show. Flea was absolutely amazing. He rocked out on his bass to classical music and played absolutely perfectly the entire concert. He ran out of course in a body suit. The sound was much better than the opening band, the Mars Volta. Although The Mars Volta have plenty of amazing songs recorded, the rhythm section was too loud and the vocals and guitar to quiet to actually enjoy. I think that in a smaller venue they would have had an amazing show, but unfortunately not today. And the Chili Peppers played amazingly. You could understand every word that Kiedis sang, hear every perfect chord of Frusciante's, feel every groove the Flea layed down, and rock out to the rhythm Smith beat out on his drumset. It was amazing. // 10

Perfomance: 13,000 people. That's a lot of people. That's a lot of people singing every word to Californication and Dani California. That's a lot of air guitar, screaming, jumping, clapping and every other thing imaginable. So, of course, this audience enjoyed them like crazy. The first couple minutes, Flea, Smith and Frusciante sat on stage and jammed, until Kiedis ran out, and the lights went up. That was an amazing light show, better than anything I've ever seen. The first song they played was 'Can't Stop' which almost everybody instantly recognized, the rest of the people were just waiting for Dani California, which came next. As soon as Smith played that opening beat, you could hear cheers coming up all around the arena. They played it extremely well, and Frusciante's solo at the end (which is salute to Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, which is why he kept most of it the same) was amazing. They played old songs like Californication, Scar Tissue, Me & My Friends, and By The Way, which closed things out. They also played a lot of stuff from Stadium Arcadium, such as Hump de Bump, Snow (Hey Oh), Readymade, Charlie, and of course Dani Cali and Tell Me Baby. Some of the songs that some people didn't recognize were saved by Frusciante's incredible lead/rhythm guitar solos, which were absolutely incredible. Frusciante is an axe-slinging weapon with huge leads that make every single song amazing. Hearing Flea was equally amazing, if not more. There is no better, no more amazing bass player than Flea, with his slapping and funk. One special moment in the show came when 3 members of the band left, leaving Frusciante up on stage to play and sing For Emily by Simon and Garfunkel on his own, and it was amazing. Another special moment was after 15 minutes of waiting for the Encore was a huge drum solo by Smith leading it off, followed by one song, and then a blisteringly amazingly incredibly awesome duet with Flea and Frusciante for about 10 minutes of absolute funk and jam. And yes, the visual effects were amazing as I said before, there were 2 or 3 gigantic screens showing the different band members playing, or something set, such as on Repeat, where there was random clips of war, George Bush, and Michael Jackson. // 10

Overall Impression: Canada, Winnipeg, MTS Center, September 20th. Concert to remember. The gig openers were the Mars Volta, Who seem to open a lot of big concerts in Winnipeg (last year opened up for System Of A Down). Everything about the show was incredible and perfect, the lights and the effects, the sound, the band. However the Mars Volta were too loud. My tickets cost me about 82 bucks, but you could get some for 40 bucks, but not in the best area. 13,000 seats sold out in less than 5 minutes, which is big for a city like Winnipeg. But the show was worth every cent. The show was unforgettable with moments like Frusciante singing Simon and Garfunkel, and his bongo solo, and his many guitar solos. Flea was memorable with his much layed down funk, his huge solos, and his bodysuit, and his classical bass solo. Smith's drum solos during the Encore. Watching Kiedis do his spins and jumps on stage and seeing his massive arms up close on the screens. Their next gig on this tour is in Baltimore, so I won't make it there, but the next time they come to Winnipeg I'll be waiting in line 3 hours early to get tickets. // 10

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