@ V2001 Live Review
by Christopher Cox
was typical English weather for this event but it certainly
any adverse effect on the atmosphere of this festival. I'd
already seen a
few good sets earlier in the day, Placebo and the Foo fighters
best of these, and I was desperate to see the Peppers by the
time they came
on (as was just about everyone else).
They kept the crowd waiting a little while before they took
the stage which
was cool because it got people wound up and everybody dying
for them to take
John came running out, it was amazing, he was grinning from
ear and waving. He was wearing a wooly hat and the same
top he wore at the
MTV20 show. He started playing his guitar on stage alone
at first, you could
tell he was absolutly loving every second of it. I've never
seen him do
anything like it before really, he was flying around the
stage and dancing
like crazy! He lifted his guitar above his head and started
playing loads of
runs and cool grunts/chops (he wasn't really playing anything
at this point). He was rocking so much his hat just flew
straight off his
head almost straight away!
After about fifteen seconds of this the rest off the band
came running out,
they went straight into a song that I didn't recognise,
I think it must have
been a new song (I have since discovered that it was an
old Public Enemy
song). It sounded really cool and i was expecting them to
play a full song
but they cut it off about a minute into it and went straight
into Give it
Away. GIA was as rocking as ever, you can't expect anything
less really can
they played scar tissue, John's solo's throughout the song
were just so
good, he did one (I think it was his second to last one)
which I thought was
perfect and then, for the last one he really pulled out
all the stops.
Scar Tissue they went into Higher Ground, this was a real
surprise - I
didn't expect to here anything from Mothers Milk. It was
fantastic for me
because I've never seen them play this live before so I
really enjoyed it,
especially John and Fleas backing vocals!
was a new song that I was enjoying listening to for the
first time when
the unthinkable happened John's amp's all cut out! I couldn't
believe it, I
think they must have fused or something - it took him by
surprise as well,
it was a little bit like the Around the World performance
at Woodstock where
his guitar cuts out. Anyway he just started laughing while
all the roadies
were running around trying to solve the problem! Then Flea
stared playing a
bass line which Chad joined in on and then Anthony started
doing some crazy
rapping. While the others were doing this John turned his
guitar round so it
was hanging down his back, and then he just started dancing
again! The crowd were going mad and John was just bouncing
around like he
going to take off the stage or something!!! This lasted
in total for about a
minute whilst they fixed John's amp's, when he realised
they were working
again he joined in on the jam for a while! Then, the communication
incredible, a nod from Flea and they were straight back
into they song they
were playing before the amps fused!! It was unbelievable.
was otherside, out came John's White Falcon and the crowd
excited (which is expected really because it was such a
you have to ask was as funky as usual and i was dying to
hear Flea and
John's jam at the end! When they were playing the jam Anthony
climbed on top
of Flea's cabs and watched.
played a cover song next and i don't now what it was, it
sounded as if
it was some kind of punk/new wave song but i don't know
which, it was good
this point my memory of what order the songs came in is
a bit dodgey but
I do know what songs they played, just don't quote me on
I think, was another new one which Anthony said was a love
wasn't very keen on this to be honest, it didn't really
seem to go anywhere
and it sounded a bit to much like plain rock song.
then played Untitled#3, the one that goes a "A dove
is glove that I
wear on my arm......" It was so good to hear John playing
this it was so
special to see him playing it in front of me, awesome.
John's solo song cut straight into Parallel Universe. This
was nice to hear
and was obviously another crowd favorite. John's solo at
the end of this was
so good as well, just one note with vibrato for about a
really, really cool version of I could have lied came next.
to play this and stopped after about 15 seconds, i'm not
sure why but they
started again straight away.
was next to everyone's delight, again this was another big
single. I wasn't as delighted as everyone else, I think
i've seen so many
live versions that it didn't give me any surprises.
was another new song. I think this must be one of the songs
working titles of Modest zep and Techno Zep. It was so cool,
around a big, fat riff with a very cool vibe. The solo in
the song was
brilliant as well, I know John doesn't like solo's too much
but he obviously
enjoyed this one!! The crowd went crazee when he was playing!
except John, left the stage at this point. John then started
playing a punk song, i dont know if it was one of his or
a cover but it was
cool. I could kinda tell that a lot of people in the crowd
were a bit
puzzled when he played this, for the people who don't know
him I suppose it was quite strange and unexpected to hear
this in the middle
of the set, I loved it though, it was wicked!!
solo song stoppped and John went into under the bridge,
the whole song
was played without a pick and it was just so good to hear
it on a rainy
night in England!
this time Flea, Anthony and John all had their shirts off
obviously having a good time. Flea told everyone how he'd
been to London
with Clara earlier that day to see the changing of the guards
Palace. He also said people in England always chant, at
concerts etc. He said that he loved it but could never understand
people were saying. He then got everyone to sing mary had
a little lamb!
played Right on Time next with the London Calling intro
which went down
final song of the set was Me and My Friends. The whole band
here with feedback leaping around galore!
a load of clapping, chanting and cheering the band finally
on stage and stared playing Soul to Squeeze. This was such
a good version
that sounded so crisp!! John went mad again and started
his crazy dancing,
I've really never seen him do anything like it before!!
Every time Chad hit
the snare John looked as though he was going to have a fit!!
of equality came next and it was really good to hear it!
I dont think
I've heard it live before. Fleas bass playing was amazing
in this song, it
was just so cool, funky and fat!
went off stage again, and returned for another encore John
got a bit cold because he came out this time wearing a hooded
top. This time
they obviously didn't know what to play and all stood in
the middle of the
stage talking for a while. They finally launced into a rocking
Search and Destroy this was fantastic and everyone in the
place went nuts,
including the band!! When the song had finished Anthony
left the stage and
Chad, Flea and John jammed for a while, then Chad left and
for a further
5mins or so John and flea jammed!!
was such a perfect end to the night! Finally john came to
mic and spoke
for the first time, he waved and said "We love you,
got to say that although i've seen them play a lot of these
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before, on video and stuff, John just seemed a bit different.
He was just
going crazy, he was obviously having the time of his life,
it was so special
to see him like that!!