After confusing the surprisingly young crowd by starting with what older readers will recognise as “a freeform jam”, they immediately get them back on side by blasting through their biggest streaming song, Can’t Stop. And then cruise through a selection of hits – Dani California, Around The World, Black Summer and The Zephyr Song – that sees 50,000-odd Barcelonians surely go crazier than at any point since Lionel Messi left the city.
And in John Frusciante, on his first tour with the band in Europe for 15 years, the Chili Peppers have their very own guitar galactico. His predecessor, Josh Klinghoffer, wasn’t a bad guitarist, far from it, but the Chilis always feel like a much more instinctive, natural proposition with John standing to Anthony’s left, spraying out fluid guitar riffs in much the same way as Messi used to find his Hollywood passes.
True, if you were building a new rock band to 2022 specifications, it probably wouldn’t look or sound too much like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But this hit-heavy set is still the perfect soundtrack to your hot rock summer, with new songs such as These Are The Ways and Watchu Thinkin' comfortably bedding in alongside unstoppable singalongs Snow (Hey Oh), Otherside and a powerful Californication.