The Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off their Aussie tour in an unexpected way last night, with their first show being marred by a lengthy power outage.

If you’ve ever been to a Red Hot Chili Peppers show, you’d undoubtedly know that the group are some of the biggest showmen going around.

With a penchant for delivering huge hits, mixed with the charisma of frontman Anthony Kiedis and the antics of bassist Flea, an RHCP show is more of a spectacle than a concert.

However, as the ABC reports, the band’s first headline tour in over a decade kicked off with a bit of an unexpected event last night.

Performing at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart on Sunday night, the Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off their set with a typically powerful performance of 2002 classic ‘Can’t Stop’. However, when the band started making their way into 1995’s ‘Pea’, well, that’s when things went wrong.

According to concertgoers, the group had been experiencing sound issues throughout the first song, only for their performance of ‘Pea’ to see the members lose power to their microphones one at a time. Eventually, only Melbourne-born bassist Flea was left with a working mic, leaving him to sing solo for a period of time.

The issue was reportedly traced to a piece of equipment bought to the venue by the band themselves, but not before Flea decided to entertain the crowd during the 20-minute break with an impromptu handstand display.

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While the power was restored after the lengthy break, it didn’t stop the group getting back into the swing of things, delivering a 19-song set which showed off a fair representation of new classics and old favourites.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ current tour is set to continue on Tuesday night at Sydney’s QUDOS Bank Arena, where the group will welcome George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic as a support act for the remainder of their trip down under.

Here’s hoping the offending piece of equipment has been replaced with something a bit more trustworthy for the rest of the tour, though we wouldn’t say no to more handstands from Flea…

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Australian Tour 2019

With very special guests George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Tuesday, February 19th
QUDOS Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday, February 20th
QUDOS Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, February 23rd
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW

Monday, February 25th
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Tuesday, February 26th
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Thursday, February 28th
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Tuesday, March 5th
nib Stadium, Perth, WA

Tickets on sale through Live Nation

Also appearing at A Day On The Green and the Superloop Adelaide 500 After-Race Concert

Saturday, March 2nd
Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC
More info: A Day On The Green

Sunday, March 3rd
Superloop Adelaide 500, Adelaide, SA
Tickets: Live Nation

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