Fresh from their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary funk rockers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, invite you to see them live this Sunday at the Cleveland House of Blues for free, under one condition ...
–– be a supporter of Obama.
"This is no ordinary volunteer week--we're saluting our hard working volunteers by ending this week with a campaign kickoff featuring a special performance by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers!" said a statement on the President's re-election campaign web site.
The group, which supports President Barack Obama, offered to do the free concert to fire up Ohio for November, said an Obama campaign official in Ohio, the Plain Dealer reported.
The President's re-election blog added: They'll be performing just for you and other Obama campaign supporters at an event this Sunday, April 15th, capping off a great week of organizing with a show -- and a call to action."
The Rock for Barack concert comes as the Chili Peppers' get ready for induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame class of 2012. On April 14, Comedian Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers – comprised of lead singer Anthony Kiedis, drummer Chad Smith, bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
The epic funk rockers from California are guaranteed to give Obama supporters an unforgettable performance that will show exactly why they continue to be known as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed rock acts on the planet.
As Chili Pepper Michael 'Flea' Balzaray, voted one of the best bassist of all time, according to the Rolling Stones Magazine, wrote in his blog about performing:
"I love to sweat blood and truth at every show, or not play at all," he said.
'Ode To Trayvon'
This will not be the first time the Chili Peppers would have made a political statement. On March 29, in response to the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the rockers showed their support by kicking off a show rocking custom-made black hoodies --heads covered like Trayvon, the night he was deemed suspicious by a neighborhood watch captain.
This show, which opened their US tour, took place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
Emblazoned on the back of the hoodies were the words 'Ode To Trayvon, Stand What Ground' - a reference to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which states that deadly force used in self-defense does not necessitate arrest, the band writes on Facebook.
The shooter, George Zimmerman, claims he shot in self-defense after telling police that Martin, who was walking down the street wearing a hoodie, looked “like he is up to no good.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers in their hoodies on stage in Tampa, the opening night of their 2012 world tour.
Photos of Flea via Facebook (shared with public)
According to his Facebook page, Flea tweeted the above close-up of the hoodie with the caption, “The hoodies we are giving away to friends in Florida who want em,” and later adding, “Sorry we only made a couple Hun of the hoodies to give away. Don’t wanna sell em. My little heart is happy people like em.”
About The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mixing layers of funk, punk, heavy metal, rap and traditional pop over a foundation of rock, the Chili Peppers have managed to achieve a consistent level of mainstream success since their formation in 1983, selling more than 83 million albums and winning seven Grammys, the Associated Press reported.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of those rare bands with the virtuosity and passion to deliver a high-energy funk rock show capable of mesmerizing audiences around the world.
Flea explains it in his blog this way: "Playing the music is always such an emotional thing. There are a lot of different levels of it for me. In one way, I go into a total animalistic single focus on rocking for all I'm worth, giving everything I have to make each song it's deepest most intense groove, to give every ounce of strength and concentration I can channel to every dynamic and emotiona twist and turn of the flow of the music."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers via Facebook
He adds: In another way, I just want to connect with the audience, to feel y'all, to do everything i can to uplift you, to share the magic from the divine source from where this music comes from, to get myself out of the way and let that happen. An in another way, the show, the music, all of it is a sanctuary for me, a safe place away from the chaos and pain and suffering of the world. Man, the whole thing is such a cathartic experience.
A view from the road: The Troubadour - July 31st, 2011
W. Hollywood, CA
Red Hot Chili Peppers via Facebook (shared with public)
"Impressive is how the group charted a unique and original musical course, and never stopped pushing themselves creatively," Michigan Live news writes. "Nobody sounds like the Chili Peppers, and nobody ever will."
How to get free tickets
The campaign blog says these "free tickets are going to go fast -- so we're giving volunteers first dibs. We'll be handing tickets out at phone banks across the area this week. Sign up to make some calls in Chicago and save your spot at the show."
The largest seating venue in the House of Blues holds 1,200, WKYC-TV news reported.
As WOIO news reported, doors open at 11:45 a.m.
Again, according to the campaign: "The phone banks this week are more than just an opportunity to pitch in and support the President or pick up a concert ticket. Whether or not you can make it to the show, this is a chance to build our ground game here in Ohio. While you're on the phone adding to our roster of volunteers, you'll get to know your neighborhood team -- the folks you'll be organizing with for the next seven months."
To RSVP for a phone bank near you, the campaign writes, and get a ticket to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers see here.
What's your take?
As might be expected, this concert has sparked controversy with critics saying "musicians should stay out of politics," said Greg Hoo on Facebook through the website Politico.
"I am ashamed to be an American under the Obama administration," said Rob Goza on Facebook. "What is next? concert tickets or lolipops for serving in our Armed Forces? Be an honorable President for once and quit coming up with gimmicks to stay in office."
"I will never buy their music again," said Ryan Maxon.
"Haters haters haters haters...that's all you (R) are," Michael Stanford quipped.
Reacting to this story on the Huffington Post commenter jaydt78 said "Romneys got an entire Tabernacle Coir at his disposal."
"The red hot chili peppers are the best rock band in the last 40 years. these guys keep creating. they have a lot to say, musically, socially, and politically," Huffington post user manumoka said.
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