Red Hot Chili Peppers Alter Aus Show Following Backlash

8 February 2023 | 12:05 pm | Mary Varvaris

It's water under the bridge.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in Brisbane

Red Hot Chili Peppers in Brisbane (Pic by Stephen Booth)

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Red Hot Chili Peppers might not have directly responded to criticism about their setlists, particularly in Sydney, but they have amended them following recent backlash towards too many new songs and not enough hits.

Last night in Melbourne, fans were treated to all three major hits from Blood Sugar Sex Magik - for the first time on their current Australian tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers performed Suck My Kiss and Under The Bridge. Give It Away was also represented. 

The setlist amendment arrived after many fans expressed their disappointment towards the band's Sydney show last week. 

Special guest Post Malone has pleasantly surprised fans - we noted his "warm vocal delivery" and "hot dance moves" and shocked others with his screamed vocals.

As reports, fans on Facebook responded to Accor Stadium's celebration of the show with the replies, "Wish I could take back my decision to go to RHCP. Absolutely gutted by that performance," "Been their biggest fan all my life and after that concert would never go again. Played a few old songs but mostly new rubbish that no one knows," and "Well that was disappointing, definitely won’t be seeing them again!!!" Other fans labelled the setlist "ordinary".

In The Music's review of the first show of the tour in Brisbane, we also noted the strange setlist omissions.

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"There’s just one problem: after more than 90 minutes of amazing music, energy and chemistry,  that highly anticipated encore never comes, leaving lovers of classics Can’t Stop and Under the Bridge feeling somewhat jilted," reviewer Jess Martyn wrote. "At the end of the night, two things are certain: Flea deserved much more time on the big screen and skipping the encore only works if you don’t leave two of your biggest songs off the setlist.

"Now to listen to Can’t Stop on repeat."

The reason why the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been so new-music heavy is because the band released two albums in one year last year. October's Return of the Dream Canteen followed April's Unlimited Love.