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It’s Abu Dhabi Showdown Week and last night, The Arena at Yas Island was buzzing with excitement as it filled up with fans waiting to see the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The American band, which has been going strong for the last 36 years (yes, they’ve been rocking since 1983!)) didn’t leave fans disappointed with their UAE debut appearance.

Anthony Kiedis belted out the band’s quirky funk rock classics, starting off the high energy set with Can’t Stop. And so the “shindig” began! In his usual style, their infamous bassist, Flea darted around the stage with no less enthusiasm than he had back in the eighties. Chad Smith on the drums was insanely good, with the acoustics in the stadium creating a visceral sound that ripped through the entire space.

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Fans Thrilled With Favourites

Rumour had it that we would be in for more new material than smash hits, but fans were thrilled with favourites including the Zephyr Song, Dani California, By The Way, Snow ((Hey Oh)) and Suck My Kiss. Unexpectedly, the Chili’s also blasted the crowd with a high octane cover of The Stooges, I Wanna Be Your Dog.

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After a short encore, the band’s newest member and guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer came out and satiated the chanting crowds with a cover of Prince’s seminal, Purple Rain. The rest of the band then reappeared, with Kiedis before putting his seemingly endless energy and powerful vocals into their final song, Give It Away.

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A Wild Success

Queuing for entry and beverages aside, The Chili’s performance was a wild success, leaving concert goers young and old in awe of their unstoppable ability to rock a stadium with the same fervor they’ve always had.

Review by: Rhiannon Haines