Red Hot Chili Peppers: 24th June 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers turned in a stunning performance to round off a hat-trick of concerts at the SoL.

Funk-rock stalwarts the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought the curtain down on another storming concert season at the Stadium of Light with a knock-out performance on Wearside on Sunday evening.

The quartet put the pedal to the metal during a whirlwind set which marked a fitting end to the series of three gigs at the home of the Black Cats.

Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen had already wowed over 100,000 music fans by the time the Chilis arrived packing a trademark slick mix of showmanship and sublime musical ability.

The US outfit were ably supported by Reverend and the Makers and the Wombats either side of an emotional homecoming set from local band The Futureheads.

But all eyes were on Anthony Kiedis and co - and they didn't disappoint, ripping through a set packed with some of the biggest hits from their 10 studio albums to date.

The likes of 'Can't Stop', 'Scar Tissue' and 'By The Way' were all ticked off - and perhaps the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for a magnificent rendition of the seminal 'Californication'.

Rarely has the Stadium of Light seen such an accomplished technical performance, with the impromptu jams which peppered the performance often as entertaining as the songs themselves.

The night ended in a hail of noise with 'Give It Away' going down a storm to round off a hat-trick of successful concerts on Wearside.

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