Red Hot Chili Peppers debut new songs at Japan's Summer Sonic - video

The punk funk veterans play three songs from new set 'I'm With You'

Summer Sonic
Pic: Summer Sonic
Red Hot Chili Peppers aired three new tracks this weekend, when they played their first shows of 2011 at the Summer Sonic festival in Osaka and Chiba, Japan.

During their stadium-size sets in Osaka on Saturday and Chiba on Sunday, the band played new single 'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie', alongside 'Factory Of Faith' and 'Ethiopia', all taken from their forthcoming new album, 'I'm With You'. With the band having played some new songs at a small secret gig in Los Angeles on July 31, the songs were played live for the general public for the first time at Summer Sonic.

'Ethiopia''s verses feature a 7/8 rhythm, which gives way to a more straight-ahead chorus, while 'Factory Of Faith' boasts a harder, faster groove, Flea's bouncing bassline reminiscent of the band's earlier material.

Anthony Keidis and Flea broke out a few simple Japanese phrases during their 90-minute set, and on Sunday even addressed the issue of Japan's declining birth rate with the singer commenting: "This weather is very easy to get pregnant in; fertility problems are out the window."

As they departed the stage on Sunday, Flea wished "healthy healing in the north of Japan", referring to the earthquake and tsunami that left over 20,000 people dead or missing in March.

Summer Sonic was one of only two festivals Red Hot Chili Peppers will play this year, with Brazil's Rock In Rio to follow on 24 September, shortly after the band start their world tour on September 11. They precede the tour with a special show at London's Koko on 2 September for winners of a lottery draw held by BBC Radio 1 – entries are open until August 21.

You can watch video clips of the new songs by scrolling down below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers played:

'By The Way'
'Can't Stop'
'Scar Tissue'
'Factory Of Faith'
'Dani California'
'I Like Dirt'
'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie'
'Throw Away Your Television'
'Right On Time'
'Higher Ground'
'Under The Bridge'
'Sir Psycho Sexy'
'They're Red Hot'
'Give It Away'

'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie'

'Factory Of Faith'


Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie' Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie'
Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie'

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