Red Hot Chili Peppers to Embark on Massive Tour in Support of ‘The Getaway’
The Red Hot Chili Peppers never stop. The rockers are on top of the world after all these years, and the group’s recent announcement of the U.S. leg of “The Getaway Tour” confirms that this band is still on the run. The tour currently numbers at 103 stops, with the group’s website promising more dates to come.
The Chili Peppers are touring in support of the 2016 album “The Getaway,” which actually began production two years earlier. That process immediately suffered a delay when bassist Flea broke his arm in a skiing accident. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it led the band to bring on super-producer Danger Mouse to oversee the album. The result was a record that was hailed as a return to form and gave the band its 13th number-one alternative single, “Dark Necessities.”
From there the band embarked on a pre-tour festival and benefit circuit that included such events as LA’s “Feel the Bern” benefit and NOLA’s “Jazz & Heritage” festival. Those plans were again disrupted by health complications when lead singer Anthony Kiedis came down with intestinal flu before May’s “KROQ Weenie Roast.” As soon as Kiedis recovered he was back on the road, commenting in an interview that he’d rather play sick than cancel a show. The band completed the summer festival circuit and moved on to the European leg of the tour, returning briefly to hometown Los Angeles to play at the opening home game for the LA Rams. The group then rushed to Europe and will finish out the tour there in December before kicking off its U.S. leg only two weeks later.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. will open before the band at every show, but fans attending the January events are in for a treat—former drummer Jack Irons will be opening those shows as well. Each ticket comes with a copy of “The Getaway,” and the tour promises the same rowdy jam-band atmosphere that Chili Peppers die-hards have come to expect from the group.