INDIO – The Los Angeles based funk and alternative rock act Red Hot Chili Peppers did not bring out any special guests but they sounded more inspired at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival than their performance at last weekend’s event.
The group also played songs Sunday night not played at last week’s Coachella festival including 1991’s “Suck My Kiss” and “Sir Psycho Sexy” from the album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
Like the previous weekend, the group ended its set with 1991’s “Give It Away,” but this time with colorful confetti and different colored lights that coordinated and changed the color of group members’ white outfits.
After receiving poor reviews for their performance last Sunday, the chili peppers played for the most part like they had something to prove as they performed with a sense of energy and urgency on songs like “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” from their latest 2011 album “I’m With You” to older hits such as 2002’s “By The Way.”
However, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer noticeably seems more comfortable on the newer material, which makes sense as he performed exclusively on the 2011 album and only joined the band in 2010 after playing additional guitar with the group in 2007.
Klinghoffer joined when long-time guitarist John Frusciante left the band and one can’t help but compare the two during their live shows. Unfortunately for Klinghoffer, Frusciante’s style is better because it’s clear the 33-year-old is still learning thesongs and the veteran guitarist actually created the music