Written by our Ambassador for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane Castle 2003: a festival concert to get you through the lockdown

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Athanasios Kouklas
Written by Athanasios Kouklas, our Ambassador for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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While many people around the world are stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, we pass the time with an iconic performance by one of this summer’s festival headliners. Today we give you the concert of Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane Castle 2003.

This summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers reunite their iconic line-up with the return of John Frusciante after ten years. The band will celebrate this reunion with performances at Pinkpop, Firenze Rocks, Ejekt Festival and more.

Live at Slane Castle

In 2002, the Peppers released their eighth record By the Way. Following its release, the band went on a worldwide tour to promote the album and performed at many festivals including Fuji Rock and Coachella. On 23 August 2003 the band played Slane Castle festival in Ireland to a crowd of over 80,000 people.

The day’s line-up included several artists who later became headliners themselves. Visitors were able to see Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and PJ Harvey play before Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the event.

Many Peppers fans see this show as one of the best and most energetic live performances of the band. Moreover, the setlist, the location and the wild Irish crowd made this show one of the most memorable ones in the band’s history. The video of the concert became the band’s second live DVD and was released in November 2003.

You can see the full performance here:

You can see the setlist below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band from Los Angeles. Their line-up has changed a lot since they formed in 1983. As a result, frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are the only original members remaining. Their current line-up is the most well-known, with drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante. With their funky rock music, the Peppers have sold over 80 million records worldwide. They are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and hold the record for the most number-one singles on the American Alternative Songs charts.

For more information, you can visit the band’s official website.

We’re all in this together!

Remember: stay safe and take care of yourselves during these difficult times. By taking care of yourself and being conscious of those around you, we will get through this and get to enjoy the awesome summer that we all deserve!

While we are all stuck inside, Festileaks will make sure you will not get bored. Check out the Festival Concert series and our updated overview of artists’ livestreams. For the latest news about music festivals and the coronavirus, we have our overview of cancellations and postponements.