In 2007, rumour had it that Red Hot Chili Peppers were the most expensive name to ever top a Roskilde Festival poster. RHCP stood in front of 60,000 festival guests and provided the biggest disappointment. Their behaviour was embarrassing, arrogant and classless. Furthermore, the band refused to let photographers photograph their performance. In 2016, Roskilde Festival gave the Californian rock group another chance, unfortunately, it didn’t exactly turn out as expected.
A Small Improvement
To make it clear, Red Hot Chili Peppers did not live up to the expectations and the imaginations of an extraordinary comeback in 2016. Despite this, compared to the miserable concert in 2007, this was an improved performance. Back in 2007, the behaviour of lead singer Anthony Kiedis seemed both mysterious and arrogant, and he saw it fit to finish the concert by leaving the stage while the rest of the band performed 15 minutes long and tiresome jam session before they decided to leave the stage as well. This year, Kiedis managed to stay with his band members throughout the entire concert, but even though the band can easily put together a set list of pure sing-along hits, they never managed to reach a good ensemble.
The most obvious flaw, besides Kiedis’ arrogant and dull performance, was Flea, the bassist. He took up way too much space on the stage, and his contact to the audience was a bit over the top. Furthermore, his bass was extremely loud and dominated the entire concert. With his grotesque costume and his sudden handstand in the middle of the concert, we are tempted to appoint him as the clown of the class.
Despite having one of the biggest repertoires of hits in rock’n’roll history (at least in the 90’s), this performance by RHCP unfortunately, once again, left the audience with unfulfilled expectations. I think we can all agree, that perhaps Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t made for the Orange Feeling at Roskilde Festival and that maybe they just shouldn’t come back, at least for a while.