Red Hot Chili Peppers Slam 'Stupid' NSW Government During Concert
Rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers have popped their names on a long and growing list of musicians to call out the NSW Government's new music festival policies.
While playing for a Victorian crowd in Mt Duneed on Saturday, the band's bassist Flea took a hot minute to slam the neighbouring government's recently-introduced rules for live music events.
"Did they figure out that stupid shit in NSW yet, trying to pass that law so it's impossible to put on a concert?" Flea asked the crowd while tuning his guitar.
"Make it hard for people to go see live music, that's the stupidest f**king thing I ever heard in my life."
"What could make a community stronger and better than everyone going out to see live music?"
Just one week ago, a new festival licensing scheme -- described by the Australian Festival Association as "rushed and half-written" -- took effect across NSW, despite loud opposition from the music industry and fans.
"Who the f**k came up with that idea?" RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis responded to his bandmate.
"That's some bullshit."
Flea finished his brief political moment by raising a fist in the air, stating: "Live music forever, for the people."
The new regulations are the government's response to a horror festival season in NSW, where five young people lost their lives in drug-related incidents in just six months.
Ahead of the laws' introduction, an estimated 20,000 people rallied in Sydney's Hyde Park calling for a rethink of the legislation.
Speaking at the rally, former Red Wiggle Murray Cook said it was "obvious there's been no consultation with the industry or any due diligence" in researching the effects of these laws.
For all events besides a list of 14 festivals deemed 'high risk', Premier Gladys Berejilklian has said it will be "business as usual" moving forward. But the AFA is concerned the restrictions will make it harder for all events to continue running.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers finished their 10-day Australian tour in Perth, bringing in a record-breaking crowd of 32,932 people -- besting HBF's Park Stadium previous record of 32,000 for Ed Sheeran.
When they went on sale in October, tickets to each show sold out almost instantly.
One could say they're the hottest ticket in town, if one is so pun-inclined, that is.