Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypt's pyramids

Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypt's pyramids

CAIRO- Reuters
Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypts pyramids

Californian group Red Hot Chili Peppers played in front of Egypt's great pyramids of Giza on March 15, entertaining more than 10,000 people at the site and many more over a live stream link.

With the three ancient monuments silhouetted behind the stage, the funk-rock band opened with "Can't Stop" from the 2002 album "By The Way" and followed with "Californication", "Dark Necessities" and other hits. 

The concert, held under tight security, was promoted by Egypt's tourism ministry, which is trying to put the country back on the map as a prime destination after an uprising in 2011 and years of subsequent turmoil scared many visitors away.

Singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Michael "Flea" Balzary and drummer Chad Smith join the likes of The Grateful Dead, Scorpions and Frank Sinatra performing at one of the seven wonders of the world.

The concert is the first international gig to be held at the ancient site since pianist Yanni in 2015.

Fans traveled from 67 countries, said concert organizer Karim El Chiaty, Vice Chairman of Travco Group. 

"I think there's a big fan base in Egypt and I think for what we're trying to achieve here today, which is to promote tourism in Egypt, we needed a band of that kind of scale and that influence," said Chiaty.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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