September 25th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, sporting his new ‘stache & bassist Flea, with a new purple ‘do, hung ten and caught some waves in Rio de Janiero’s west zone of Prainha on Friday.
The Chilis are in town for the world’s biggest music festival – Rock In Rio – and are promoting the release of their latest album, “I’m With You.” The band’s classic album, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” turned 20 on Saturday.
This year marks the festival’s return after 10 years and takes place in the ‘City of Rock’ venue at the future site of the planned Olympic Village when the 2016 Summer Games come to town.
100,000 people showed up for Friday night’s opening show, headlined by Katy Perry, Rihanna and Elton John; and the festival expects to see over 600,000 more during the rest of its week-long run.
Rock In Rio first started in 1985, when 1.4 million people showed up to see the likes of Queen, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes, Scorpions, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne.
Friday night’s show kicked off with a tribute to late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 65 three weeks ago. The band’s performance of “Love Of My Life” from the inaugural 1985 festival was shown on the giant video screens.
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