Regardless of the act, it’s a given that fans at a rock concert want to hear the hits, which can become a bit tiresome for the band that’s played these songs hundreds if not thousands of times.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea admits he’s not immune to feeling that way. “Has there ever been a night where I’ve been like ‘If I play f***ing ‘Give It Away’ again my c**k’s gonna fall off’? Yes,” Flea told NME in advance of the band’s headlining gig at the Reading Festival.
“There are moments of having a hard time finding the essence and spirit of a song, but in general it’s all about the people in the end,” he added. “It’s all about connecting with the people.”
For Flea, this means putting aside any feelings of boredom and giving every song his all in order forge that connection.
“I try to keep myself in a place of being completely selfless about it and doing my best to use every song,” he said, “whether it’s one I’ve heard a million times or a new one, as a vehicle for connecting with people and making them feel less alone in the world.”