CAIRO (Reuters) – Californian group Red Hot Chili Peppers performed in entrance of Egypt’s nice pyramids of Giza on Friday, entertaining greater than 10,000 folks on the website and plenty of extra over a livestream hyperlink.
Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at Egypt’s Giza pyramids, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Nadine Awadalla
With the three historical monuments silhouetted behind the stage, the funk-rock band opened with “Can’t Stop” from the 2002 album “By The Way” and adopted with “Californication”, “Dark Necessities” and different hits.
The live performance, held underneath tight safety, was promoted by Egypt’s tourism ministry, which is making an attempt to place the nation again on the map as a main vacation spot after an rebellion in 2011 and years of subsequent turmoil scared many guests away.
“It was a lot of work to get here but it was absolutely worth it,” mentioned fan Christina Robertson, from Madison, Wisconsin, who left 5 kids at residence to make the journey.
“I’ve always wanted to come to Egypt, I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids, it’s spectacular, it’s a dream, and to see Red Hot Chili Peppers here, my favorite band of all time.”
Singer Anthony Kiedis, bass participant Michael “Flea” Balzary and drummer Chad Smith be a part of the likes of The Grateful Dead, Scorpions and Frank Sinatra acting at one of many seven wonders of the world.
The live performance is the primary worldwide gig to be held on the historical website since pianist Yanni in 2015.
Fans traveled from 67 international locations, mentioned live performance organizer Karim El Chiaty, Vice Chairman of Travco Group.
“I think there’s a big fan base in Egypt and I think for what we’re trying to achieve here today, which is to promote tourism in Egypt, we needed a band of that kind of scale and that influence,” mentioned Chiaty.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have offered greater than 60 million albums, gained six Grammy Awards and had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The band is at present on a world tour and dealing to finish their 12th album following their 2016 launch “The Getaway”.
Writing by Nadine Awadalla and Aidan Lewis; Editing by Andrew Heavens