This weekend I got my Red Hot Chili Pepper tickets and man am I excited! As I wrote in the last column I wrote over my tattoos the Chili Peppers is my favorite band but I have never gotten a chance to see them in person. I was very close to seeing them a couple years back but Anthony Kiedis broke his foot which they had to cancel and I didn’t get to see them.
Now this January I will be seeing them in the AT&T Center and I am stoked. Over the years my love for the Chili Peppers has grown like bad and it all started in high school. I was only a sophomore when all this happened and I was going to be the bass player for the jazz band and I needed to learn how to traditionally play the bass with two fingers and I was looking up bass players and that’s when Red Hot popped up.
I started to learn how to play most songs from the Peppers from Can’t Stop all the way to Around the World for that winter break of high school. Learning all those songs made me have a ton of respect for any traditionally bass player, I studied Flea’s bass playing (Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player). Flea is a very talented musician and he made me fall in love with the bass, at a point I even copied the way he would walk and dance while playing the bass on stage.
Later, when I made the jazz band I had to audition and half of the stuff I played was from the Chili Peppers. Now one of my favorite things is I was going through some stuff in high school so music was a way to escape from all the drama that was going on. At the time, I would listen to Scar Tissues and just have it on loop so I could just sit there in the moment and not have to deal with anything.
When I finally became a senior in high school I just would zone out and listen to the Chili Peppers. It got to that point where I just didn’t want to do anything anymore, I was more into music and wanting to pursue a career in music. I ended up being in a band which was also the jazz band and we would do a lot of Chili Pepper songs, we had a falling out due to different interest in music and wanting to pursue a different type of genre of music.
Finally, being in college and listen to the Chili Peppers has had a lot of up moments compared to high school. I met my girlfriend from the love and passion we have for the Chili Peppers. I don’t have to sit in a room and wonder anymore on life, I do what I love and listening to them is still a passion and playing their music will be something I probably do till the day I die.