Red Hot Chili Peppers joining the Dalai Lama in Portland

The Red Hot Chili Peppers performing in Ottawa last year. Photo: Brennan Schnell/eastscene.com

Well, this is different — the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing in Portland, Oregon next month as part of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit.

Different, yes, but not entirely surprising, as the Peppers played at the 1996 and 1998 Tibetan Freedom Concerts. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis has also spoken about his interest in Vipassana meditation before, and the band apparently requested a backstage meditation room at a concert in Romania last year.

Their special benefit performance is scheduled for 3:30-4:40 pm on May 11 at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. Separate tickets for the concert aren’t available, but you can still buy tickets for the environmental summit here.

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