I do not pretend to be an expert in the study of Californication, but I did sing “Snow (Hey Oh)” at an office Christmas karaoke party last year, and I know every word to “Dani California.” So, it’s not like there’s a complete lack of appreciation here. The Los Angeles rock juggernauts returned to Austin City Limits Music Festival for the second weekend on Saturday to once again headline opposite Chance the Rapper. I decided to catch a little of my first RHCP show before I called it a night.
There were a few dashes of spice which felt like the type of show I’d always imagined. A guy behind me shouted “Will Ferrell!” when Chad Smith brought the beat in. Flea’s bass turned every dude in my radius into Pavlov’s bro, a “woo” for every lick. The shirts came off Flea and Anthony Kiedis before the clock struck 9 p.m. I noticed three distinct aromas of weed.
The banter was party-ready, too:
- Jokes about jumping into Barton Springs Pool and dropping acid
- A Butthole Surfers shout-out
- Saying that the XX touched hearts but Jay-Z touched booties
- Strip-mall zen proverbs like “We are the human beings. We are the ones who love, who shine their light.”
The crowd I worked my way through was feeling every word of songs like “Around the World” and “Otherside.” One guy in front of me was FaceTiming the show for a friend. A man next to me in a Garnett jersey waved his hands in front of his face and swayed from side to side. Someone was in tree. Two teenagers were making out at the farthest back reaches, where the crowd was thin and you could start to hear Chance sing “Same Drugs.”
Those are one person’s experiences. Here’s what people at ACL Fest were say-oh-ing before and after the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ set:
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I can't begin to explain how this band has changed my life. They made me pick up a guitar, write music discover bands I've wouldn't want to listen to. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were a Turing point in my teen years. From that only listening to rap to discovering music I wouldn't even give a chance. To playing guitar which lead to piano which lead to song writhing. To meeting people I wouldn't talk to cause they were the *rocker kids".but I want to say thank you for this amazing show.#redhotchilipeppers #aclfest #acl @chilipeppers @aclfestival
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