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Red Hot Chili Peppers to play on National Arena

By    Corina Ciobanu

One of the most keenly-awaited rock concerts of 2012 was confir­med. Emagic, the organizer, announced in a press release that the American band Red Hot Chili Peppers would perform in Ro­mania on August 31 at the National Arena, part of their world tour promoting their latest opus, “I’m With You”.

Merging rock with funk, punk, hip-hop and psychedelic elements, Red Hot Chili Peppers created a unique style which made it a cult band, while ensuring sales of over 70 million copies of their ten studio albums.

“Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the world’s most beloved rock bands and, at the same time, one of the Romanian public’s fa­vourites. We are very happy to be able to open the list of concerts at the National Arena with their name, it will certainly be the rock event of 2012,” Laura Coroianu, CEO Emagic, stated.

During a career spanning nearly 30 years, Red Hot Chili Peppers has launched 40 singles: “Under the Bridge”, “Cali­fornication”, “Dani California”, “Give It Away”, “Scar Issue” and “Otherside” are only a few of the hits the Romanian public will have a chance to hear live, for the first time ever, next year in Bucharest.

Fifteen times nominated to the Grammy Awards, Red Hot Chili Peppers won seven such distinctions, including awards for the Best Hard Rock Performance (for “Give It Away”), Best Rock Song (for “Scar Tissue” and “Dani California”) and Best Rock Album (“Stadium Arcadium”). Alongside these, the band can boast five MTV Music Video Awards trophies, as well as four American Music Awards.

The band’s tenth album, titled “I’m With You”, was launched this August and made it to the top position in musical charts in 17 countries. Following the launch, the band – in the Anthony Kiedis, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer line-up – embarked on a promotion tour which has included, so far, concerts in Latin American, Asian and European countries. For 2012, the band already confirmed concerts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Finland and, of course, Romania.

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