"The pyramids, it's unbelievable, we just jumped at the opportunity."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared the details of a special concert at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The band’s debut gig in Egypt is to be no understated affair, with a full concert being livestreamed from the Pyramids of Giza on March 15. Fans can watch the show from 11am PT (6pm BST) via the band’s website.
Bassist Flea said in a statement: “Before each new place my body tingled with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new tastes, absorbing new rhythms.
“Learning. Learning. Learning. It is happening again right now, my heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I’m so grateful and humbled for the impending experience.”
He continued: “The pyramids, it’s unbelievable, we just jumped at the opportunity… I have always been fascinated by Egypt and that region of the world and I am so excited to go.”
The Los Angeles band are currently working on the follow-up to their 2016 LP ‘The Getaway’, which was their eleventh studio album.
Drummer Chad Smith spoke about the progress on his band’s new material, revealing that their plans to write and record were adversely affected by the devastating Woolsey Fire which spread through southern California in late 2018, killing four people and destroying scores of properties and homes.
“We started to work on [the new album], which, for us, is just getting in a room and making some noise and putting some notes together,” Smith told Sirius XM’s Volume West. “And then the fires came, and the house we were working in – there was no damage, it didn’t burn down, but we couldn’t get back in there. So that halted our [progress].”