About 11,000 people flocked to the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to soak up wisdom from the Dalai Lama during his visit in Portland. (Note: OPB's Dave Miller hosted a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama; listen on Think Out Loud Wednesday at noon.) After His Holiness gave a final farewell, and received thunderous applause like a rockstar himself, the Red Hot Chili Peppers presented to the enlightened audience a one hour set which showcased their dizzying collection of hit songs.
"The Dalai Lama was supposed to sing background on that one," joked bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary after playing "Can't Stop" from their 2002 album By The Way. At 50 years of age, Balzary and frontman Anthony Kiedis exhibited the showmanship and adrenaline pumping energy of men half there age. The intensity from all members of the band, including RHCP's spry and newest member, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, shed some light as to how the group is still relevent in today's music world.
Other songs from their performance included such fan favorites as "Scar Tissue," "Snow (Hey Oh)," and "Soul To Squeeze." When the group finished their set and Kiedis thanked the audience, the crowd stood and cheered anxiously for the band to return to the stage for an encore. After several minutes which had people wondering if it really was over, RHCP returned to perform an explosive rendition of "Give It Away" and wrapped up a day promoting peace and acceptance. They say music can have transcendent quailities, and perhaps even the sonic stylings of the Chili Peppers can become one with the Buddhist teachings of unity from the Dalai Lama.
Photos by Jinyi Qi
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