The Red Hot Chili Peppers have become the latest detractors of the NSW State Government’s live music regulations, slamming the new rules during their recent Aussie tour.
Over the last few weeks, there has been almost constant discussion of New South Wales’ draconian festival laws.
Following the cancellation of Mountain Sounds, the “war on festivals” has since continued, with a number of events being hit with a “high-risk” classification, effectively putting their futures at risk if they are unable to provide a safety management plan.
However, the Australian public haven’t been taking this lying down, with a Don’t Kill Live Music rally taking place in Sydney recently, and Peking Duk calling upon NSW residents to vote Gladys Berejiklian‘s NSW Government out later this month.
Now, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have become the latest act to slam these “outlandish” new rules.
Check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ live music rant:
Last week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit up Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena as part of their recent Aussie headline tour. Between songs, Melbourne-born bassist Flea hit back at the issues faced by New South Wales music fans.
“What the fuck,” he questioned emphatically as cheers of “Fuck Gladys” rang out, “live music is the lifeblood of humanity!”
Just two days later, the group appeared at Geelong’s Mt Duneed Estate for a riotous A Day On The Green performance. Once again, Flea reflected on these laws in a lengthy tirade between tracks.
“Did they figure out that stupid shit in New South Wales yet?” he questioned. “Trying to pass that law so it’s impossible to put on a concert?”
“Making it hard for people to go see live music — that’s the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
“What could make a community stronger and better than everyone going out to see live music?” he continued. “Jesus Christ…”
“Who the fuck came up with that idea?” asked frontman Anthony Kiedis, before Flea again chimed in, “Some fucking outlandish shit they’re trying to do.”
As Peking Duk noted earlier this month in response to the Mountain Sounds cancellation, New South Wales residents are set to go the polls in March, so here’s your chance to save the state’s live music scene while there’s still time.