Hieroglyphics, the Great Sphinx, the Rosetta Stone, Cleopatra, and now—add Chad Smith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the list of Egyptian historical figures. On Friday, March 15, 2019, the RHCP crew will perform live from The Great Pyramids of Giza for a unique, one-stop show.
In the deadpan words of Smith, it’s time to “put your camel to bed” for this one. For us in the Western hemisphere, that means take an early/late lunch, depending on your time zone. The concert, slated for 9pm Eastern European Time (2pm EST; 11am PST), will be live-streamed for the rest of the world’s viewing pleasure on the group’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
The California natives are no strangers to international shows—the Giza concert follows a tour of Oceania, and who could forget their epic performance at Slane Castle, Ireland? This, however, will be their debut concert in Egypt, as the group joins a lean roster of less than 15 other musical artists to have performed at The Great Pyramids during the documented history of modern music.
Legendary SABIAN artist Chad Smith bringing his powerful drumming, deep pocket grooves, and playful funk/pop/rock rhythms to the last-standing ancient wonder of the world is about as Unbound as it gets. Maybe Smith won’t be as audacious as chanting University of Michigan’s fight song in arch rival Ohio State’s hometown, but you can expect him to deliver with his typical unfiltered charm.
It’s also appropriate for Smith to bring his famed Holy China to the pyramids, as ancient Egyptians built the monuments as symbols of power and strong religious beliefs. (No guarantee for god rays to be on display, but we’re not saying it won’t be bright.)
In a recent SiriusXM interview, the longtime drummer and engine for RHCP said the band was working on a new album when California wildfires interrupted their endeavors.
“We started to work on [the new album], which for us is just getting in a room and making some noise, or putting some notes together,” Smith said. “Then the fires came. The house we were working in—there was smoke damage, it didn’t burn down, but we couldn’t get back in there. So it halted our [progress].”
(Listen to Chad Smith talk about the new album and joining the Malibu Love Sesh, a benefit show, here.)
Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the wildfires, as well as the Oceania tour, you will likely not be introduced to any new songs during the Giza concert. Instead, RHCP will focus on hits from their extensive discography and promote their latest album, The Getaway (2016).
You can check out the video teasing this one-of-a-kind performance on the band’s Facebook page. As of this writing, there are still tickets available for the show.
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