SUNDERLAND is in store for a red hot summer in 2012 as one of the world’s biggest bands arrives at the Stadium of Light.
Today the Echo can reveal that the Grammy Award-winning four-piece Red Hot Chili Peppers will take to the stage on June 24, as one of only two dates they will play in the UK next year.
They are the latest big name act to choose to come to the home of the Black Cats, which has also played host to Take That, Oasis, Kings of Leon and Pink.
The Sunderland gig will be the band’s first-ever major show in the North East – their only previous appearance being at the former 400-capacity Newcastle Riverside in 1990.
One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs and won six Grammy Awards.
Their hits have included Scar Tissue, Californication, Under the Bridge and Give it Away.
Their only other gig in the UK next year will be at Knebworth, Hertfordshire. The fact the band, whose most recent album is I’m With You, have chosen the Stadium of Light to perform confirms its position as a major player in the concert industry.
Lead singer, and keen surfer, Anthony Kiedis, 49, today said he was looking forward to sampling the North East waves.
“Britain has good waves, it’s just really cold,” he said.
“Just north of Newcastle there’s a great wave spot, but you have to be a polar bear to take it on. Who knows?”
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