Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Legend to play 300-seat benefit gig

The gig will take place in Los Angeles this Saturday

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend and Kamasi Washington are to play an exclusive Los Angeles show to just 300 guests, where art by Damien Hirst and a number of other high-profile artists will also be up for auction.

The event is in aid of the not-for-profit Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and will take place at a warehouse at an undisclosed location on October 17. If you happen to be in California, highly exclusive tickets are available by emailing the organisers (obviously they won’t come cheap, use the form here).

Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a long-standing relationship with the organisation, having helped set it up back in 2001 in tribute to the influence music has had on his own life. In the below video, he talks to MOCA TV about how music helped him to escape from a life of “drug abuse and delinquency,” and how that led to his role at the Silverlake Conservatory.

The organisation aims specifically to support people who would otherwise be unable to experience music classes or education. The Chilis will play an acoustic set.

“I know we are asking a lot of money for them, but it’s for the kids, not for us,” Flea said in the below Instagram post promoting the event.

Flea recently returned to playing live after what he described as “shattering his elbow” in a skiing accident in February.

In the meantime, he’s become a beekeeper, while progress is being made on a new album that’s believed to be being produced by Danger Mouse, after a tweet revealed his involvement was deleted by the band earlier this year.

Members of the band have endorsed democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the US presidential race.