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Red Hot Chili Peppers at SoFI Stadium: A Show For All L.A.
On what would otherwise be just another summer night in Los Angeles—July 31, 2022, specifically—the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a sold-out show at So-Fi Stadium in Inglewood, with support by two acclaimed opening acts: Beck, another Angeleno who made it big, and Thundercat—the lauded singer and bassist, Stephen Bruner.
The Chili Peppers—that is, vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante, who range from 52-60 years old—put on a spectacular show that radiated purpose, boundless energy, and true musical mastery—the kind that only comes from the endless effort of a 39-year career, followed by acceptance of one’s own greatness. I suppose the same could be said for Beck, another master of weirdo rock, another kid who, like Kiedis, had a unique L.A. upbringing. Yeah, they were both great; surprise, surprise. But why the hell was that unsurprising fact so moving?
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