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After 23 years, Red Hot Chili Peppers return to Hersheypark Stadium on Sept. 27

After 23 years, Red Hot Chili Peppers return to Hersheypark Stadium on Sept. 27
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Red Hot Chili Peppers, known for massive hits like “Under the Bridge,” “Give It Away,” “Californication,” “Scar Tissue,” “Soul to Squeeze,” “Otherside,” “Suck My Kiss,” and “By the Way,” will be back at Hersheypark Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with special guest St. Vincent.

This concert marks the acclaimed alternative funk rock band’s first appearance in Hershey since July 17, 2000 when they performed at the stadium (100 West Hersheypark Dr., Hershey) with Foo Fighters.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. via and

The exclusive show is part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 Global Stadium Tour in support of their two chart-topping studio albums released in 2022, “Unlimited Love” and “Return of the Dream Canteen.”

As a result of these full-length two albums reaching No. 1, Red Hot Chili Peppers notably stand out as the first rock band in 17 years to achieve the feat. Moreover, “Return of the Dream Canteen” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart, just like its predecessor, “Unlimited Love,” did. Both records were produced by longtime collaborator and creative confidant Rick Rubin.

“Our only goal is to get lost in the music. We spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could. Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos, we were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together and, once again, try to get better,” the group wrote in the statement about the release of “Unlimited Love.”

“Days, weeks, and months spent listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose. The sounds, rhythms, vibrations, words, and melodies had us enrapt. We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on our new album ‘Unlimited Love’ is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe. This is our life’s mission. We work, focus, and prepare so that when the biggest wave comes, we are ready to ride it. The ocean has gifted us a mighty wave and this record is the ride that is the sum of our lives. Thank you for listening – we hope you enjoy it.”

RHCP – Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), John Frusciante (guitar), and Chad Smith (drums) – recently took home the prestigious Global Icon Award and delivered a show-stopping performance at the MTV VMAs. Their No. 1 single, “Black Summer,” also won the award for Best Rock Video. This year, the Los Angeles-based group also garnered an MTV Europe Music Award nomination for Best Rock and scored three American Music Awards nominations for Favorite Rock Artist, Favorite Rock Album for “Unlimited Love,” and Favorite Rock Single for “Black Summer.” Additionally, the track was nominated for a 2023 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

“We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. Just for the fun of it, we jammed and learned some old songs. Before long, we started the mysterious process of building new songs, a beautiful bit of chemistry meddling that had befriended us hundreds of times along the way. Once we found that slipstream of sound and vision, we just kept mining. With time turned into an elastic waistband of oversized underwear, we had no reason to stop writing and rocking. It felt like a dream,” the band described in a statement about “Return of the Dream Canteen.”

“When all was said and done, our moody love for each other and the magic of music had gifted us with more songs than we knew what to do with. Well, we figured it out – two double albums, released back to back, the second of which is easily as meaningful as the first or should that be reversed. ‘Return of the Dream Canteen’ is everything we are and ever dreamed of being. It’s packed.”