MANHATTAN, NY—After a short wait in a cove-looking area of the basement of Madison Square Garden, it was time to coalesce like a group of elites. The tiny and unique grooves in the white concrete walls decorated a stealthy walk past by family lounges and dressing rooms for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is the “honor walk” during which photographers and writers are escorted into the area closest to the stage, where the amps align and the barricades are behind.
The lights dimmed; it went totally dark, and the smartphone flashes served as the limited source of light to hype up a beautiful New York crowd.
Drummer Chad Smith, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and “class clown” bassist Flea enter from stage left. The audience welcomed them with enthusiastic shrieks. It took a moment of patience but lead singer Anthony Kiedis appeared—no surprise to the ladies’ sheer delight—as he skipped onto the center of the stage and grabbed a hold of the mic.
After a brief, informal intro jam, “Can’t Stop” was an apropos opener, as it screamed the ultimate emblem for the energetic and passionate band we’ve loved for more than 30 years. The track live offered a career culmination …