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Remember when the Chilis warmed up city 12 years ago? Echoes of the past.

THE Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in the capital's biggest gig of 2004. Frontman Anthony Kiedis and band members Flea, Chad and John are known for the flamboyant stage performances and the ability to give the audiences a great night. They did not disappoint.

DON'T BRIAN FRIDAY'S Twenty-one years since they signed their first deal, their rise to fame has been meteoric and this latest stage of tours across Europe and the UK prove that. If you need any further proof of their pulling power are the support acts that have included NERD and for the Cardiff leg of tours across Europe and the UK, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Three-and-a-half hours after the stadium opened last night the fans finally got what they wanted. A semi-clad bassist Flea and fellow members Chad and John entered the stage to give a rousing instrumental before frontman Kiedis ran on stage sporting long hair, a fringe and suit with cut-off trousers.

The crowd may have enjoyed the support act but it was the Chili Peppers they were desperate for.

The legendary foursome blasted their way through the likes of Scar Tissue, By the Way, Zephyr Song and Californication. Bassist Flea was on form as was guitarist John, who gave an amazing rendition of Donna Summer's I Feel Love.

MISS Rock, funk and some slow tempo songs filled the damp Cardiff air and hung in the atmosphere of the closed Millennium Stadium. Jumping around on stage, Kiedis, at 41, had energy of someone half his age. And the crowd were overawed by the band.

IN LEE ECHO The Red Hot Chili Peppers are enigmatic, energetic and pretty damn amazing, and showed they were well worth the money, not putting a foot wrong.

An encore wouldn't be an encore without the audience singing back Under the Bridge and an explosive version of Give It Away which ended with the drum kit being thrown into the pit and a topless Kiedis crouching Rock, funk tempo songs Cardiff rise to fame and this tours the you MISS closed DON'T IN LEE BRIAN ECHO of age. were band.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 21, 2016
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