Red Hot Chili Peppers fan discovers why you should always read the small print ahead of Belfast gig 2 years ago

Red Hot Chili Peppers fan discovers why you should always read the small print ahead of Belfast gig

We've always dreamed of hearing the bagpipes version of Under The Bridge.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have been a going concern for some time now, to the point that you expect most anybody to know what gig they're buying a ticket for when it comes to their distinctive moniker.


Step forward Chesterfield native Duncan Robb, who flew all the way to Belfast at the weekend to catch Anthony Kiedis and friends only to find his dated funk-rock dreams dashed.

Cruelly, cruelly dashed.

Robb had purchased tickets to the SSE Arena show for his girlfriend as a Christmas gift, presenting them on the big day, with nobody spotting the crucial error until it was much too late.

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Described as 'the most famous bagpipe band on the planet' - and if that wasn't true before, it certainly is now - the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been on the go for about 16 years, winning BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous? in 2007 for good measure.

The Pipers' Wikipedia entry literally begins with the warning "not to be confused with Red Hot Chili Peppers" so there's really no excuse.



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"When I clicked on and got tickets in row Q and for 30 each I thought what a bargain, there must not be many tickets left and snatched them up straight away," said Robb.

"Also, I saw the date was Feb 10, so I could make it into a Valentine's Day weekend - kill two birds with one stone."

"We just had to laugh about it," he added. "What else was there to do! The only saving grace was that we had found out three days before and not while we were in the arena!"


The pair reportedly went to the gig anyway, and had a good evening.

It capped off a fine weekend for the Scottish cover artists, having enjoyed their maiden bow in Dublin, too.


Apropos of nothing, here's a famous quote by Nick Cave:

"I'm forever near a stereo saying, 'What the fuck is this garbage?' And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers."