Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist films fans rather than play solo

A picture of Josh Klinghoffer at the gig in Turin
Josh Klinghoffer at the gig in Turin

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer appeared to make a statement against fans using their phones at gigs – by filming them rather than play a solo.

During the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ recent show in Turin, Italy, Klinghoffer took his phone out of his pocket and filmed the crowd rather than play the guitar solo for the band’s hit song Californication.

It appears as though he was taking a stand against the large number of people in the audience who were filming the gig on their phones – some of whom captured the incident, which can be viewed below.

Phones in the crowd are a bugbear of the band’s. RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis hit out at fans using their phones earlier this year, telling Journal de Montreal: “The problem today, is the cameras during concerts. This keeps you from living in the moment.

“It is not important to have these pictures in megabytes. It is better to have them in your heart and your memory.

“We try to create an environment which is going to encourage them to keep their phones in their pockets and to look at us directly. In general, this works pretty well.”

This week, the band released an animated video for their track Sick Love, taken from recent album The Getaway.

The band are currently touring the UK, with American dates to follow.

Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates 2016⁄2017

Dec 08: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Dec 10: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Dec 11: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Dec 14: Manchester Arena, UK
Dec 15: Manchester Arena, UK
Jan 14: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
Jan 15: Wichita In Trust Arena, KS
Jan 18: St Louid Scottrade Center, MO
Jan 20: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
Jan 21: Minneapolis Target Center, MN
Feb 02: Detroit Joe Louis Arena, MI
Feb 04: Toronto Air Canada Center, ON
Feb 07: Boston TD Garden, MA
Feb 10: Buffalo First Niagara Center, NY
Feb 12: Philadelphia Wells Fargo Arena, PA
Feb 15: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Mar 02: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Mar 04: Glendale Gila River Arena, AZ
Mar 05: San Diego Valley View Casino Center, CA
Mar 07: Los Angeles Staples Center, CA
Mar 12: Oakland Oracle Arena, CA
Mar 15: Portland Moda Center, OR
Mar 17: Seattle Key Arena, WA
Mar 18: Vancouver Rogers Arena, BC
Apr 12: Washington Verizon Center, DC
Apr 14: Atlanta Philips Arena, GA
Apr 15: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Apr 17: Charlotte Spectrum Center, NC
Apr 19: Columbia Colonial Life Arena, SC
Apr 22: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Apr 24: Jacksonville Vererans Memorial Arena, FL
Apr 26: Orlando Amway Center, FL
Apr 27: Tampa Amalie Arena, FL
Apr 29: Miami American Airlines Arena, FL
May 11: Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena, PPG
May 13: Cleveland Quicken Loans, OH
May 14: Columbus Schottentein Center, OH
May 16: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
May 18: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse, IN
May 19: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH
May 21: Kansas City Spring Center, KS
May 23: Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena, IA
May 26: Winnipeg MTS Centre, MB
May 28: Edmonton Rogers Place, AB
May 29: Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome, AB
Jun 18: Quebec Videotron, QC
Jun 20: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Jun 22: Hamilton FirstOntario Centre, ON
Jun 23: Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre, ON
Jun 25: Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI
Jun 30: Chicago United Center, IL
Jul 13: Benicassim Festival, Spain
Jul 13: Lisbon Super Bock Super Rock festival, Portugal
Jul 25: Krakow Cracovia Stadium, Poland
Sep 24: Rio Rock’in Rio, Brazil

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