The Specials and The 1975 also play (June 14)
Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival last night (June 14) with a loose-limbed 90-minute set of classics, extended jams and comedy interludes.
Introduced with a lengthy jazz saxophone solo, the band launched straight into a jam which eventually morphed into ‘Can’t Stop’. “Welcome to the Isle Of Wight, we’ve got Chad Smith and everything’s gonna be alright,” rhymed Anthony Keidis before a Chad Smith drum solo that became ‘Dani California’, and so the set continued with improvisational funk interludes and light-hearted asides peppered between tracks including ‘Factory Of Faith’, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magick’ and ‘The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie’.
Flea joined in the wisecracking, claiming that “the whole time the Chili Peppers have been going, me and Chad Smith have been gay lovers… every night after the show we go back to the room and cuddle naked in bed together.” Keidis, meanwhile, played on gig convention by aimlessly asking the crowd “anybody out there from Blackpool? Newcastle? Dover?” before ‘By The Way’; and declaring “it was good, we’re gonna go and we’re gonna come back and play another good song,’ before the encore of ‘Give It Away’.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers played:
‘Factory Of Faith’
‘Snow ((Hey Oh))’
‘The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie’
‘I Could Have Lied’
‘I Like Dirt’
‘Blood Sugar Sex Magick’
‘By The Way’
‘Give It Away’
Earlier on the main stage The 1975 had played a slick set of modernist indie despite singer Matt Healy swigging from a bottle of wine and appearing drunk, and The Specials turned in a faultless set of hits including ‘Ghost Town’, ‘A Message To You Rudy’, ‘Rat Race’ and ‘Too Much Too Young’. The festival concludes today (June 15) with main stage appearances from Suede and Kings Of Leon and acts including Peace, The Horrors, Swim Deep and Deap Vally in the Big Top.