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5 takeaways: Red Hot Chili Peppers light up Target Center

They brought four decades of hits to the show.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers had an absolutely incredible show Saturday night at the Target Center.

Performing under 800 tube lights -- upping the ante set by Drake, whose floating sphere lights became the new standard -- the SoCal crew turned the arena into one big party.

See more photos from the night here

There was a lot of fun to unpack from the openers to drummer and Richfield native Chad Smith closing the show, so here's our 5 takeaways.

Red Hot Party Guests

Opening the show was prog party drummer Jack Irons, introduced by Flea as one of the first friends he made when he moved to Los Angeles, sitting at the desk next to him in 6th grade.Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue followed. Two very different acts, but both won over the crowd with stellar sets that could have been a main event on any other show.

Red "Hop" Chili Peppers

While Kiedis was wearing a brace of some sort on one of his legs, it didn't halt the group's irresistible energy one iota. Kiedis danced and pranced around the stage, showing no signs for the show-cancelling flu from a few weeks ago, and Flea bounced right along with him.

No Age Requirements

The Peppers played tracks spanning all four decades they've been active, and their fan base reflected it. With members of the audience proudly wearing their shirts from the group's '80s tour and youngsters who were in all likelihood conceived to "Dani California," it was an impressive span. For an idea of the median age, the song with the night's biggest reaction was "By the Way."

No Cover Charge

It was a night of the Peppers' finest tributes as well. In addition to their beloved cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," they performed the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" and the Replacements' "Answering Machine." There was also a stylistic tribute to a certain Purple One when, during a soulful interlude, Kiedis said of Minneapolis, it's a city where "you see a young man named Prince play his guitar."

A Legend Sounds Off

What makes the night particularly historic for Peppers fans is that this was their final performance with Dave Rat, their sound guy for 26 years. Along with Kiedis taking the stage in a white shirt with "Dave Rat" written in Sharpie, Rat himself was seen after the encore standing on the soundboard in his boxers as he waved goodbye.

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