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Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Tribute to Adam Yauch at Concert

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Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage at the Prudential Center in Newark on Friday (May 4) for the first of two sold out shows.  The band took care to dedicate the show to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away mere miles away in his native New York earlier that day.

According to, frontman Anthony Kiedis proclaimed, “We’re playing this show tonight for Adam Yauch.” Obviously, the band was paying its respects the best way it knows how: through music.

Kiedis spoke fondly about the late Yauch, who had been battling cancer for three years and was just 47 at the time of his death. “He left the world with a lot of beauty,” Kiedis said while on stage, between songs. “Adam was for real.”

That statement echoes the sentiments of Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell, who offered a touching eulogy to Yauch that was peppered with his own personal interaction with the artist through the years.

RHCP bassist Flea also commented on his relationship with Yauch, saying simply, “I love that man.”

Clearly, the music community had much adoration, love and respect for Yauch.

The Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were always cut from the same cloth, starting out in the indie, punk rock scenes on opposite coasts before emerging and then ascending to massive mainstream success in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Both groups were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, a testament to the mark they’ve each left on rock music.


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