THERE’S probably nothing quite like singing the Greasy Chip Buttie song in Sheffield to divide your audience.
“Go Blades,” yelled human dynamo bass player Flea before launching into the Bramall Lane anthem to a mixed chorus of cheers and boos at a packed Sheffield Arena.
Back in the city for their first show since filling Don Valley Stadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers fared better with songs from their comeback album, I’m With You, in a set that displayed the full colour of the enduring rock giants.
An innovative lights and screen stage show distracted only so much from the energy of heavily-inked frontman Anthony Kiedis and bandmates, reinvigorated and warmly welcomed from a hiatus that had them sounding fresh and powerful in this relatively intimate setting ahead of their 2012 outdoor stadium action.
With a frantic cover of Sheffield legends Heaven 17’s Fascist Groove Thang further ingratiating the Californication crew in Sheffield souls, there was little musical ground not covered in a near two-hour show.
You know what they say - absence makes the heart grow fonder.