Chili Peppers Make Live Return Under The Stars

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July 28, 2011 | 9:25pm EST

Rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the stage for the first time in four years on Wednesday with a secret outdoor concert under the stars.
The Under the Bridge hitmakers staged an intimate gig on the lawn at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in the Big Sur, California, attended by just 300 people, most of whom were friends of the band.

It was the group’s first live performance with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced John Frusciante, and the rockers thrilled the audience by treating them to a special preview of songs from their forthcoming album, I’m With You.

The set opened with new track Monarchy of Roses and alternated between classic hits like Give It Away, to fresh cuts such as Ethiopia, Look Around and Factory of Faith.

And the show proved to be a big night for the music veterans.

Frontman Anthony Kiedis told the crowd, “Every other song is a new thing, things we’ve never played before. It’s just a little exciting for us.”

But the gig was not without its problems – the breezy conditions took its toll on Kiedis’ voice, prompting Klinghoffer to take over on vocals on a series of songs towards the end of the set, and they were engulfed in darkness for a few minutes when the stage lighting suddenly cut out.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are due to play two more secret shows before embarking on a tour of Asia.

They will release I’m With You at the end of August.