LA funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a special gig in front of the Egyptian pyramids on Friday (March 15th) and performed various covers alongside their own songs. One of the covers was fittingly of Radiohead’s ‘Pyramid Song’.
The famous single released by the Oxford alternative rock legends in 2001 was covered by the Chili’s guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in a solo piano performance. Other covers from the 20 song set included The Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground’. The Chilis released the Wonder cover as a single in 1989.
The band performed some of their most famous songs, such as ‘Can’t Stop’, ‘Californication’ and ‘Under The Bridge’. They join the likes of Sting, Mariah Carey, Shakira and Frank Sinatra who have also all performed at the pyramids.
Bassist Flea had this to say in a statement ahead of the performance. “Before each new place my body tingled with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new tastes, absorbing new rhythms.”
“Learning. Learning. Learning. It is happening again right now, my heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I’m so grateful and humbled for the impending experience.”
“The pyramids, it’s unbelievable, we just jumped at the opportunity… I have always been fascinated by Egypt and that region of the world and I am so excited to go.”
The band are currently working on their twelfth studio album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Getaway’. Drummer Chad Smith has spoken on the album’s progress stating that it has been affected by the Southern California fires that occurred in late 2018.
The whole performance can be seen below.