Although concert etiquette is a vast and storied subject with many an interpretation, it’s not a very talked-about concept in common circles. So when it comes to the impending Red Hot Chili Peppers concert this coming march, it’s important to set a few basic boundaries and guidelines in order for everybody involved to have a wonderful experience.
So in the spirit of good behaviour, these are just a few things you shouldn’t do at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.
Don’t Take Your Shirt Off
Historically speaking, the Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t very known for keeping their clothes on. One might easily fall prey to the assumption that frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are allergic to fabric on their chests. But the band uses it to their advantage, seeing as they can kind of pull off the look. You, however, do not have that advantage. Apart from the fact that it’ll still be pretty freezing come March, and that public decency is a thing that Egypt likes to keep in check, taking your shirt off does not offer anything realistically good when it comes to enjoying a concert. Please maintain the good vibes
Don’t Do Seventeen Kinds of Drugs
It’s a sadly common occurrence in Egypt’s party and nightlife scenes that hedonism goes well beyond reasonable limits. Folk who come to perform from all over the universe often remark on the absurd and over the top indulgence in narcotics among partygoers around these parts. If the fact that this is enough of a setback to make sure it doesn’t happen, the fact that most Red Hot Chili Peppers song speak about the horrific and depressing nature of narcotics, should be the final nail in that coffin. Also, those around you do not want to deal with a tweaker. Please be smart.
Don’t Dare Mention Stadium Arcadium or One Hot Minute
“Criticising my choice of RHCP album is mean and judgemental.” I am well aware of this, and I am nothing if not accommodating to people’s’ tastes in whatever. However, when a massive amount of both casual listeners and dedicated Chili Peppers fans both come together to the conclusion that both Stadium Arcadium albums, and the traumatic experience that is One Hot Minute come off as a massive waste of time when it comes to enjoying a pretty expensive concert. Heaven only knows what the playlist will be like at the show, but one hopes that folks don’t agitate the beehive enough for the band to favour either of those albums over everything else.
Don’t Go without Educating Yourself About their Music
I’m not saying read Anthony’s autobiography Scar Tissue here. I am, however, telling you to listen to Scar Tissue, along with Emit Remus; Get on Top; This Velvet Glove and even Quixoticelixir. An all-too-common occurrence when it comes to the less-informed Red Hot Chili Peppers fans is a lack of appreciation, or even knowledge, of their older, more obscure hits. One doesn’t even have to go too far back to Mother’s Milk or Blood Sugar Sex Magic, but if one were to do so, we’ve made a neat little list to get you started.
Don’t Be Shy to Participate and Sing Along
Try not to feel too pressured or anything; far be it for us to tell you how to enjoy your time. But no matter what you think about it, no matter how awkward you may think it is, pitching in your vocal cords to the sea of voices raging over the audience as they sing along to By the Way or Can’t Stop is a massive burst of adrenaline. Perhaps one of the least, if not the least awkward places to finally start your singing career would be among the crowd at a Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert. It’s fun, it’s healthy, it’ll boost your enjoyment factor, and you might make new friends with your silky smooth voice.
Don’t Make Fun of Anthony’s Facial Hair Choices
Frontman Anthony Kiedis’s face and body have changed over the years a bit more erratically than their musical stylings. An though you may be much more attuned to his adorably shiny head of hair cut short along with a smooth-shaven face, the man has gone through almost every hair and mustache style in existence. And some might not be as “aesthetically pleasant” as you might want them to be. I realise how this entire entry is paradoxical enough to send Google’s AI into a murderous tirade, but it’s merely for the sake of public awareness. Respect and love Anthony’s face. He is an artist and a gentleman.