Malibu Love Sesh Highlights with Red Hot Chili Peppers and More!

American rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers, genre bending artist Beck and pop/rocker St. Vincent all teamed up for a benefit concert dubbed the Malibu Love Sesh, supporting California communities devastated by 2018’s wildfires. The benefit show took place last night, January 13, at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California.
No surprise, it was a proud moment for California, bringing together musicians, victims of the Woolsey Fire as well as prominent figures in the community, including California Senator Henry Stern and artist Shepard Fairey who spoke about the need for action. “We want California to become the first state in the country to officially declare a climate emergency and commit to mobilize its economy to it,” said Margaret Klein Salamon of the Climate Mobilization, who held the event in conjunction with the Malibu Foundation.
“Why are we acting normal while this crisis is threatening us all? Why are we sleepwalking off of this cliff? Do we want to live or are we in the midst of some massive, unconscious suicide pact? It’s as if there’s a huge meteor plummeting towards earth that will destroy us all, but instead of sending Ben Affleck up there to deal with it, we’re ignoring it. We’re asleep.”
Opening the night, St. Vincent performed an acoustic set, showcasing four tracks from her highly revered pop record Masseduction, as well as a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1992 single “Breaking the Girl,” which she said was one of the first songs she learned on guitar. After giving her rendition, the singer made sure to thank RHCP:
“I wanna give a very special thank you to [RHCP guitarist] Josh Klinghoffer,” she said at its conclusion … for f*cking b*tching guitar playing, but also for correcting my chords just about 20 minutes ago.”
Check out the official setlist below:
St. Vincent's Setlist
When Beck took the stage, he churned through his catalog of genre bending tracks. His set included post-modern songs like “Devil’s Haircut” and “E-Pro” as well as his cult classic, “Loser.” Beck also made sure to point out it was recorded “about 10 blocks away from here.” The singer brought out special guest Jack Black, who started performing “Sexx Laws” as kind of a torch song duet with Beck. At set’s end, Beck and his crew turned into a Jukebox, performing Chic’s “Good Times,” The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” New Order’s “Blue Monday,” Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Beck took a solo turn on his own “One Foot in the Grave” and Jack Black did a medley of classics by Los Angeles’ own The Doors: “The End,” “Touch Me” and “L.A. Woman.” Black and Beck ended the set with a reprise of "Where It’s At” with the band showcasing some impromptu choreography. Prior to his set, Beck paid his own respects to RHCP:
“We’re gonna celebrate Los Angeles a little bit tonight,” said Beck. “I can’t think of anybody more Los Angeles than Red Hot Chili Peppers. That’s my growing up in Los Angeles. That’s like the hometown band.”
Check out the official setlist below:
Beck's Setlist
“Hello, my homeland!” said RHCP bassist Flea. “Hello, my people! We prostrate ourselves, humble ourselves, I kiss all of your boots, I love you!”
Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out the night and put on a no-nonsense show full of material comprised of their last five albums, as well as a few well-known covers. The guys performed a few soft tracks, “By the Way” and “Scar Tissue,” however, cranked up the adrenaline with their cover of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog." They also busted out their seldom played “Police Helicopter,” from their original 1983 demos. Other covers included Funkadelic’s “What Is Soul” and Klinghoffer performing a solo rendition of Beck’s “Cyanide Breath Mint” from 1994’s One Foot in the Grave — a kind tribute that also fit into the night’s themes of community.
Check out the official setlist below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Setlist

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Last updated: 16 Oct 2021, 23:10 Etc/UTC