Red Hot Chili Peppers Detail First-Ever Stadium Tour
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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Anthony Kiedis perform at Coachella on April 14, 2013.
Even on the heels of its 2006 double album, Stadium Arcadium, the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t stage a stadium tour. That’ll change in 2022, when the iconic alt-rock band will stage a proper stadium run for the first time in its career.
The tour, which so far consists of European and North American legs, will be the Peppers’ first since 2017, and also marks the return of on-again, off-again guitarist John Frusciante, who last hit the road with the band in support of Stadium Arcadium in 2006 and 2007.
The Peppers kick off their 2022 touring at Estadio La Cartuja De Sevilla in Seville, Spain, on Jun 4, kicking off a five-week European jaunt that will take them to cities including Barcelona (June 7), London (June 25), Paris (July 8) and Hamburg (July 12).
On July 23, the band begins the North American portion of its 2022 tour at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High, the first of 19 stadiums it will hit through mid-September. Other stops along the way include Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium (July 31), Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium (Aug. 6), Chicago’s Soldier Field (Aug. 19), Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium (Aug. 30) and Boston’s Fenway Park (Sept. 10). The run concludes at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 18.
According to a press release, the band will perform “new music from their forthcoming album,” which would be its first full-length since 2016’s The Getaway.
Cosmic bassist extraordinaire Thundercat will open all European and North American dates, save the band’s Las Vegas play, where King Princess will perform. Additional support on North American dates will be provided by HAIM, Beck or St. Vincent, while additional support in Europe will come from either A$AP Rocky or Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals.
Live Nation is producing the tour.
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been around, and have not just fallen off the turnip truck, but to a man, they have never been more thrilled, bursting with commitment and purpose, as they are regarding this upcoming tour,” the press release announcing the tour read. “They have no interest in resting on past accolades, awards or commercial success, this is a mission, they intend to channel the most mighty spirits, and give everything they’ve got.”
While the trek is the Peppers’ full-fledged stadium run, the band is no stranger to stadiums and stadium-sized crowds. For one, the Peppers have long been coveted festival headliners; in 2016, the band headlined Rock on the Range, BottleRock Napa Valley and Lollapalooza, and the following year, it topped Kaaboo, The Meadows and Austin City Limits.
Plus, some of the band’s most lucrative box office showings have come from the occasional stadium plays – most often international – included in its tours. The band’s third-highest box office showing of its career came at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, where it sold 62,703 tickets and grossed $4.19 million on June 23, 2004.
The Chili Peppers’ highest-grossing box office showing stateside came from a three-show February 2017 run at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which sold 45,218 and grossed $4.28 million.
Perennial live titans, the band appeared on Pollstar‘s year-end worldwide touring chart five times from 2011 to 2017, posting its best annual showing during that range in 2017, when it ranked No. 18 on the chart with $73.5 million grossed. In 2012, the Chili Peppers ranked No. 10 on the chart, between Elton John and Paul McCartney, with $57.8 million.
In the ’00s, the band appeared on Pollstar‘s year-end global touring chart in 2003, 2006 and 2007.
Tickets for the tour go onsale to the general public on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the list of tour dates and support acts below.