You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Bernie Sanders Fundraising Concert

The Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a blazing show Friday night at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to raise campaign funds for their presidential candidate of choice, Bernie Sanders.

“Even if I voted just based on looks, which I might, I would vote for Bernie because he’s by far the cutest candidate ever,” frontman Anthony Kiedis said early in the show.

Flea, the band’s bassist, was a touch more serious in his support of Sanders, expressing how thrilled he was “to actually hear a guy who’s running for president speak on TV with honesty and empathy and compassion.”

The rock quartet ran through such hits as “Can’t Stop,” “Give It Away,” “By the Way” and “Snow (Hey Oh)” to intense audience enthusiasm. They also covered David Bowie’s “Cracked Actor,” dedicating it to “our beauty in the cosmos,” the late singer. Flea also plucked out phrases from “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his electric bass, channeling Jimi Hendrix’s iconic take on the national anthem.

Sanders appeared in a video message addressed to the event’s audience, during which he thanked the Peppers for donating their time and reiterated his campaign platform. In the lobby, young volunteers were on hand to register voters and explain the tenets of Sanders’ position. One fan brought a sign with Sanders’ face on one side and #RaveForBernie written on the other.

The sold-out concert was attended by fervent Sanders supporters of all ages; the audience was particularly full of young caucasian men (known as “Bernie Bros” in some corners of the Internet). Joaquin Phoenix was spotted among the crowd.

Kiedis closed out the show with a plea for Sanders’ success. “We gotta go get him. We gotta make it happen. Let’s do it.”

More Music

  • Bebe Rexha

    Bebe Rexha Drops New Single, 'Last Hurrah' (Listen)

    Bebe Rexha is back with her first single of 2019 — “Last Hurrah.” The Andrew Wells-produced track is Rexha’s first solo single since 2018’s “I’m a Mess,” which appeared on her debut album “Expectations” alongside the Grammy nominated “Meant to Be.” Inspired by some chocolate cake and a story about her friend, Rexha says the single [...]

  • Jussie SmollettFOX 'Empire' TV show panel,

    Jussie Smollett Case: Chicago Police Arrest Two Suspects

    Chicago police confirmed on Friday that they have arrested two suspects in the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. The police did not state what charges the men are being held on. Local media have identified the men as two brothers from Nigeria, though law enforcement has not confirmed their identities. Smollett’s representatives have declined [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Could Be in ‘Big Trouble’ Over Alleged New Sex Tape, Attorney Says

    Strong allegations of sexual misconduct have followed R. Kelly for 25 years, but the singer has always managed to slip free. Yet reports that a videotape of him sexually assaulting an underage girl, combined with the outcry surrounding the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” means that public sentiment, at the very least, is definitely not [...]

  • Cardi B Drops New Single With

    Cardi B Drops New Single With Bruno Mars, ‘Please Me’ (Listen)

    In the wee hours of Friday morning, Cardi B has released her first new song of 2019: “Please Me,” a collaboration with Bruno Mars. The pair have worked together in the past, most notably on last year’s remix of Mars’ “Finesse” — which the pair performed on the 2018 Grammy Awards — and Cardi was [...]

  • Wu-Tang ClanWu-Tang Clan in concert, Brooklyn

    The Secret History of Wu-Tang Clan's Bizarre Hip-Hop Fighting Game

    The history of video games is littered with great ideas that were canceled before their time, drained of resources and put out to pasture because of budget or production woes. That said, there are vanishingly few games that made it all the way through the trials and tribulations of a multi-year development cycle only to [...]

  • Gimlet Media Podcasting

    Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchor

    Streaming-audio giant Spotify shelled out around €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy podcasting companies — producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc., the company said. The deals for Gimlet and Anchor, announced last week, were primarily in cash, with the total purchase prices subject to closing adjustments, Spotify disclosed the figure in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content