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‘Love you with depth’: Flea thanks NZ after RHCP’s Auckland gig, catches up with Serj Tankian

"Let there be rock."
23 January 2023 10:48AM

The unique and supremely talented bassist Flea has given New Zealand a shoutout after the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ gig in Auckland over the weekend.  

“Thanks Aotearoa, love you with depth,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Always wanna live a life that honors you. Let there be rock.”

That caption accompanies an awesome photo of Flea raising his fist to the reported 40,000 people that packed into Mount Smart Stadium to see the Chilis. 

It’s the first time the band has been in the country since 2019 and they made sure to catch up with an old mate and fellow rockstar who resides in the Land of the Long White Cloud, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian.

Serj, who reportedly lives an hour’s drive out of Auckland, posted a photo of him alongside Flea and RHCP’s frontman Anthony Kiedis. 

“Thank you @chilipeppers for rocking Auckland last night,” Tankian wrote on Instagram. “Great catching up with you all. Enjoy NZ.”

The band's Instagram shared the Auckland setlist (though apparently it’s not entirely accurate) on their Instagram, including hits like ‘Dani California’, ‘Californication’, and ‘Give it Away. 

Here’s the full setlist, from Ambient Light Blog:

  1. Intro Jam
  2. Around the World
  3. Dani California
  4. Universally Speaking
  5. Aquatic Mouth Dance
  6. Throw Away Your Television
  7. Eddie
  8. Right on Time
  9. Soul to Squeeze
  10. Tippa My Tongue
  11. The Drummer
  12. Californication
  13. The Heavy Wing
  14. Black Summer
  15. By the Way
  16. I Could Have Lied [encore]
  17. Give It Away [encore]

Plenty of Kiwi fans shared some footage of the show on social media, with the psychedelic visuals providing a suitable backdrop to the band’s music. 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be rocking out at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium later this week, get ya tickets here.