Watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers Play Their First-Ever Song, 19 Years Since Its Last Performance

They also covered the Ramones' "Havana Affair" for the first time since 2007

Photo: Joshua Peter Grafstein

BY Alex HudsonPublished Oct 17, 2023

Anyone who's familiar with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' history knows that their first-ever show in 1983 consisted of a single song, "Out in L.A.," which they wrote specifically for that performance. They've long since stopped playing the song live — but that changed over the weekend, when they performed it for the first time in 19 years.

On Saturday (October 14), the Chili Peppers performed for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, the music school founded by Flea. The brief set included just eight songs, including hits like "By the Way," "Californication" and "Snow (Hey Oh)."

They also threw in a couple deep cuts — including the first full performance of "Out in L.A." since 2004. More recently, the band teased an abridged version of the song in 2017, back when guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was in the lineup. Prior to 2004, they hadn't played the song since 1992. In other words, this Saturday was just the second time they've played the full song in 31 years.

Their Silverlake Conservatory set also included their Ramones cover, "Havana Affair" — a song they used to perform frequently, but hadn't played since 2007.

Watch footage of the performances below.

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