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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: “A Record Store is a Sacred Place”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Hollywood’s Amoeba Records in an LA love-fest..

By Paul Marszalek

An in-store, at last.

John Frusciante returned.

All was well in the world — at least for a moment Thursday — as the Red Hot Chili Peppers christened the stage at Amoeba Records Hollywood.

It was the first in-store performance for Amoeba in more than two years, and the first at Amoeba’s new Hollywood Boulevard location. Bassist Flea, citing the posters on the walls – David Bowie, Johnny Cash — and the assembled fans, remarked, “A record store is a sacred place.”

The band, which earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just a day earlier, is in full promotion mode for their new set Unlimited Love.

The four song set, with returning guitarist John Frusciante packing only a single acoustic guitar, featured current #1 “Black Summer,” “By the Way,” “These Are the Ways,” and a cover of Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown.”

When introducing the final song, Anthony Kiedis, spoke about how he and Flea once lived a few blocks away “in a house without a front door,” where they were inspired by Los Angeles punk icons Black Flag and others.

Red Hot Chili Peppers custom Randy’s Donut. Eat it? Freeze it?

In all, it was an LA love-fest, with the hundreds in attendance having patiently waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the block for the noon-time release party.

There were even Red Hot Chili Peppers-themed donuts from Los Angeles mainstay Randy’s Donuts, which caused more than one fan to consider the dilemma: Eat it, or somehow try to preserve it as an ultra-rare tchotchke?

Kudos to Warner Product Manager Peter Standish for ensuring fans didn’t go hungry.


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