Red Hot Chili Peppers Recruit Santigold, Sleigh Bells, Little Dragon as Tour Openers

> Feb 20 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers Recruit Santigold, Sleigh Bells, Little Dragon as Tour Openers
By Alex HudsonWho knew the Red Hot Chili Peppers had such indie cred? The mega-famous funk rockers are touring the world this year, and they have now announced the opening acts who will be joining them on the trek for the North American stops.

The Chili Peppers will begin their spring trek with a run of dates with Santigold. For the second leg of the outing, they'll link up with Sleigh Bells, with whom they'll make Canadian stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. After that, they'll bring Little Dragon across from Sweden for another string of gigs.

Consequence of Sound points to the Daily's interview Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller, who offered this explanation as to how they got the opening spot:

"Flea came to a show of ours at Webster Hall. I was just hanging out and someone's like, 'Hey Derek, this is Flea.' And I was like, 'Oh, nice to meet you, Flea. I've heard of you.' And he was an extremely sweet dude. He was like, 'Hey, do you want to play shows with my band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'll play shows with your band. Sure. Amazing.' So we just shook hands and he was like, 'All right, you'll hear from us.' And sure enough, a couple days later it came through."

He added, "I don't actually listen to them. I know that sounds diplomatic, but I'll be honest, it's been a minute since I put a lot of time in with the Chili Peppers. But they do their thing and they absolutely kill it. They're not hurting anybody, so good for them."

In other RHCP opening act news, you can watch a new video from Santigold's upcoming Master of My Make-Believe in the form of "Disparate Youth," which is streaming at the bottom of the page.

Tour dates:

3/29 St. Petersburg, FL - St. Pete Times Forum *

3/31 Orlando, FL - Amway Arena *

4/2 Sunrise, FL - Bank Atlantic Center *

4/4 Raleigh, NC - RBC Center *

4/6 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena *

4/7 Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena *

4/9 Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum *

4/10 Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center *

4/12 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum *

4/27 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center ^

4/28 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center ^

4/30 Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place ^

5/2 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre ^

5/4 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center ^

5/5 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center ^

5/7 Boston, MA - TD Bank North Garden ^

5/10 Washington, DC - Verizon Center ^

5/11 Philadelphia,, PA - Wells Fargo Center ^

5/18 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival

5/25 St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Arena #

5/26 Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena #

5/28 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena #

5/30 Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center #

6/1 Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #

6/2 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena #

6/4 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center #

6/6 Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena #

6/7 Louisville, KY - KFC Yum Center #

6/8-10 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/23 Stevenage Herts, UK - Knebworth Park

6/24 Sunderland, UK - Stadium of Light

6/26 Dublin, IE - Croke Park

6/28 Nijemegen, NL - Goffert Park

6/30 Paris, FR - Stade de France

7/1 Werchter, BE - Rock Werchter

7/3 Berne, CH - Stade de Suisse

7/7 Madrid, ES - Rock In Rio Madrid

7/20 St. Petersburg, RU - Petrovsky Stadium

7/22 Moscow, RU - Luzniky Stadium

7/25 Kiev, UA - Olympisky Stadium

7/27 Warsaw, PL - Bernowo Airport

7/28 Kaunas, LT - Kaunas Arena

7/30 Tallinn, EE - Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

8/1 Tampere, FI - Ratina Stadium

8/11 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

8/12 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

8/14 Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena

8/15 Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena

8/25 Gelsenkirchen, DE - Rock im Pott

8/27 Prague, CZ - Synot Tip Arena

8/29 Zagreb, HR - Hoppodrome

9/1 Sofia, BG - Georgia Asparuhov Stadium

9/4 Athens, FR - OAKA Olympic Stadium

9/10 Tel Aviv, IR - Hayakron Park

9/23 San Diego, CA - Vally View Casino Center

9/25 Phoenix, AZ - Jobing.com Arena

9/27 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

9/29 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

10/2 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Arena

10/4 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena

10/20 Houston, TX - Toyota Center

10/24 Tulsa, OK - BOK Arena

10/22 Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Arena

10/25 Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena

* with Santigold

^ with Sleigh Bells

# with Little Dragon



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