Chili Peppers honor Foo Fighter's drummer at Jazz Fest
2022 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 3 Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in New Orleans. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith's base drum Sunday had a hawk silhouette like the one tattooed on Hawkins' arm. And at the end of the 90-minute set, Smith took center stage as Hawkins' widow and members of the Foo Fighters stood just off stage. “We love the Foo Fighters and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. Jazz Fest attracts well known acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who and Lionel Richie but it might be best known for showcasing a dizzying array of Louisiana musical talent, styles and genres — jazz, blues, Cajun, Zydeco and more.wftv.com
A funky Flea celebrates his birthday, his school's founding
Music Flea FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plays the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) (Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Flea had a funky birthday. So did the music school he co-founded that has become an LA institution. “This is the best possible birthday gift I could have imagined, being here with everybody, celebrating that we got to do this for 20 years,” Flea said. It’s open to all comers, but specializes in serving the youth of the surrounding community in eastern Los Angeles, providing scholarships to kids who need them.wftv.com
Red Hot Chili Peppers cover 'Just What I Needed' for Ric Ocasek
It's been a few days since lead singer Ric Ocasek of the new wave band The Cars died and tributes are still pouring in. Artists like Weezer and The Killers have made tributes to 75-year-old Ocasek, who died unexpectedly on Sept. 15. The Red Hot Chili Peppers took their tribute to the next level by playing a cover of one of The Cars' greatest hits, "Just What I Needed" at a recent concert in Singapore. RHCP bass player Flea posted a tribute to Ocasek on Instagram, writing, "What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. Flea sounds incredible on bass during the cover, and lead singer Anthony Kiedis does his best to hit those high notes Ocasek used to sing.