Red Hot Chili Peppers Welcome New Year in Las Vegas
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will ring in the new year (relatively) quietly this year in Las Vegas.
MTV reports that the band will play a club show for around 4,000 fans at the Chelsea. The show will be quite the change from the huge arena and festival crowds the band has been courting for most of this year while supporting their most recent album.
The venue has previously played host to New Year’s Eve shows by Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Coldplay, among others. The Chili Peppers are expected to hit the stage around 11 p.m. and will rock into the night, of course taking a brief break a midnight.
With the small amount of tickets available for the show (and with the fairly high ticket price of $150), it is sure that some fans of the group may be left on the outside looking in. But if these fans are in Vegas anyway to celebrate the beginning of 2013, they may be in luck. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort will broadcast the concert live on its 65-foot outdoor digital marquee.
After the New Year’s eve gig, the band will continue their current world tour and head to Australia and then South Africa. The latter concerts will be the group’s first-ever shows in the country.
The current and future world tour is supporting the group’s I’m With You album, which was released almost exactly a year ago. The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, though it topped the charts in many countries including Brazil, Italy and the U.K.
In other Red Hot Chili Peppers news, the group is releasing a series of 18 previously unreleased songs from the I’m With You sessions. The songs will be available digitally and as seven-inch vinyl singles.