The band knock out the hits to a massive crowd in London...

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS played the first of three nights in LONDON’s HYDE PARK yesterday (June 19) to an estimated 100,000 people.

Hundreds of ticketless fans swarmed outside the arena trying to get in, while those inside saw the funk-rock veterans play classics such as ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under The Bridge’, as well as a selection of covers, including Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’.

The high profile gig also saw the stars out in force, including Harry Potter main man Daniel Radcliffe and David Blaine enjoying the gig from the side of the stage. Reality pop star Darius was also in the audience.


Touts outside the venue were asking for as much as £90 a ticket for the sold-out concert, which is part of a UK tour which has visited Manchester and Edinburgh already.

Support in the park came from James Brown, who wowed the crowd with hits like ‘Make It Funky’. Chicks On Speed also played, but struggled keep the crowd’s interest.

The band will play Hyde Park again tonight (June 20), and will then head to Cardiff, where they will play the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday (June 23). Their final London show is on Friday (June 25).

For more on the band, see this week’s NME, which is out now.


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