Whilst on tour in Australia, Red Hot Chili Peppers seem to have gained some insight into the NSW Government’s controversial live music laws affecting festivals around the state.
Both Michael Balzary (Flea) and Anthony Kiedis spoke out against the laws, criticising the government on stage in Geelong on Saturday night for “outlandish” and “stupid” rules.
Red Hot Chili Peppers criticised new NSW live music regulations onstage in Geelong last week for “outlandish” and “stupid” rules.
“Did they figure out that stupid shit in New South Wales yet? Trying to pass that law so it’s impossible to put on a concert?” , Flea posed to the Victorian crowd.
“Making it hard for people to go see live music — that’s the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Kiedes then said:
“Who the fuck came up with that idea?”
To which Flea replied:
“Some fucking outlandish shit they’re trying to do. What could make a community stronger and better than everyone going out to see live music?”
The band’s colourful commentary followed the controversy over new laws introduced by the Berijiklian government as a result of the five festival related deaths over the summer as well as the Don’t Kill Live Music Rally in Sydney which had over 20,000 attendees.