Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers play Bowie song at Bernie Sanders fundraiser

Drummer Chad Smith painted his bass drum with Aladdin Sane's artwork

Red Hot Chili Peppers covered David Bowie’s ‘Cracked Actor’, from his 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane’, at a fundraising concert for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday (February 5) in LA.

In preparation for the gig, drummer Chad Smith painted his bass drum with a mixed portrait of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane artwork and Bernie Sanders, which you can see below:

It was the first time the band have performed since the death of Bowie on January 10. Sanders has previously used Bowie in his campaigning, playing his classic hit ‘Starman’ to conclude a speech in Iowa on Monday night (February 1).

At the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance on Friday, frontman Anthony Kiedis said, “Well we fucked up on that.” See fan-shot footage below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1xnDZmHwBo

Bernie Sanders has also been given support from other musicians including Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, who has urged US voters not to believe the ‘unelectable’ hype around the Democratic candidate.

Koenig performed with Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth at a Sanders rally in Iowa City last weekend, where he also spoke to CNN about his support of the politician.

Following the results of the Iowa Caucus on Monday, Koenig shared a post on his Instagram page continuing his support of Sanders. “Shoutout to my favorite singer: Bernie Sanders. He came from 50 points behind to tie Hillary Clinton in Iowa,” Stereogum reports the post began.

He continued: “Disagree with him all you want but don’t believe the “unelectable” hype. They say elections are decided by independents in swing states. Imagine you’re an independent voter alienated by both parties – which major candidate has more potential to speak to you than Bernie?”

“He is the only candidate who comes from outside the two-party system. He can win,” Koenig concluded. “Extra respect to the 84% of young ppl in Iowa who voted for Bernie. Let’s hope you get to spend your adult life in a world with leaders who support your values.”