We’re closing in on the most wonderful time of the year for music fans, where the lineups for festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza will all be announced within the next two months. You don’t have to be a Festival Outlook junkie to know that one band whose name will be in big, bold letters on one or more posters will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Whether you love ’em for their perseverance or hate ’em for thinking they passed their “best before date” ages ago, they’re going to be touring in 2012. A lot. Make that a disgusting amount. They may not break any U2 360° type records, but you had better start getting used to Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and “new” guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in their shirtless, tattooed glory.
The Chili Peppers have already played roughly 50 shows last year in support of their 10th album, I’m with You. While they have well over 200 of their own songs at their disposal, accumulated over a career that began innocently enough in 1983, the setlists so far have been leaning on a shall we say predictable selection of 30 or so songs. For a group that was just admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they kind of owe their devotees to mix and funk things up when they begin anew in North America for the first time in nearly five years.