A couple of years ago, while performing at a charitable event in order to raise money in support of the nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered a short but emphatic live performance which included a live rendition of the classic Jimi Hendrix hit ‘Purple Haze’.
The song, which was originally released as the second record single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on March 17, 1967, propelled the now-iconic guitarist to international stardom as the song hit the number one spot in charts around the world. “I dream a lot and I put my dreams down as songs,” Hendrix once said when asked about how he came up with the track. “I wrote one called ‘First Look Around the Corner’ and another called ‘The Purple Haze,’ which was about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.”
The Chili Peppers, who are self-confessed fans of Hendrix, paid homage to him as part of their seven-song set in LA. The band have been affiliated with Silverlake Conservatory of Music for years after bass player Flea helped found the organisation back in 2001. “Every time I walk in this place, my heart swells with joy,” Flea told the small, intimate crowd.
“If you ever had a good idea, a music school or something else that can uplift people, do it,” he added. “I’m a dundering moron. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”