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Chili Peppers to heat up city with comeback gig

Red Hot Chili Peppers are kicking off their much-anticipated comeback tour in Dublin, the Herald can reveal.

The legendary group will play their first Irish gig since 2006 in The O2.

The tour will begin in November, and follows the release of their album I'm With You, scheduled for August 26.

Frontman Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer will kick off their European tour in Dublin on November 4.

The band will then go on to London fulfilling their UK leg of the tour and then continue gigging throughout Europe over the next year, promoting their 10th studio album.

The last time they stormed the stage in front of Irish crowds was when they headlined at the 2006 Oxegen festival.

This time around the Chilis will be mixing the old with the new, as their highly anticipated album is set to put the band back at the top of the charts.

They have already released their debut single The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie.


Some smash hits expected to be played on the I'm With You tour include Californication, By The Way, Scar Tissue, Under The Bridge, Can't Stop and Give It Away.

However, the band will also have plenty of new music to choose from. Bassist Flea admitted that they wrote over 70 songs for their new album.

"What was important to us when we put the record together was to make sure that each song filled its own space and was not like another song on the record," he revealed.

"We wrote 70 songs, so it's not even necessarily all the best ones that we put on, but just the ones that occupy their own space."

The rock group, who have been together since 1983, plan on touring the world with their new material until 2013.

Tickets will go on sale for their Dublin gig at 9am on Friday, at 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.