Date: Saturday, September 08, 2012 By: Chirine Lahoud Source:The Daily Star
BEIRUT: “Thank you Beirut!” Michael Peter Balzary (aka Flea) shouted to his audience at Beirut waterfront. The bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers expressed his thanks repeatedly during band’s one-night stand Thursday evening.
Alongside Flea, lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer set the waterfront stage alight with a blistering performance of their hit-riddled repertoire.
Since they coalesced in 1983, RHCP has become known for its one-of-a-kind concerts, for blowing the minds of their spectators with their musicianship, lyrics, stage presence and tireless dynamism.
The show had an edge of controversy around it, stemming from the band’s scheduled Sept. 10 date in Tel Aviv. Campaigners from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement appealed to the Los Angeles band to not perform in Israel.
RHCP refused, publishing a YouTube video on June 28 expressing their “joy, …