This song never gets old.
The concert starts off with an improvised jam with John Frusciante, Flea and Chad Smith. At the end of it, Frusciante and Flea in skeleton outfit coordinate perfectly to begin playing “By The Way”. What a moment that must have been for the audience in Ireland! The American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers certainly know how to make the crowd go wild.
Live at Slane Castle is a RHCP concert video released in 2003, two years after the release of their last concert DVD, Off the Map. It was filmed on August 23, 2003 and the DVD was released on November 17, 2003.
Guitarist John Frusciante previously stated that it wasn’t their decision to put the song out first. Apparently their managers at that time thought it was an exciting song. Their enthusiasm convinced the band. If you think about it – there were chances that this song would have never been released. Now doesn’t that sound crazy? The song was well received by all, making it one of their best songs ever.
The song went on to become the band’s sixth number 1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying at the summit for 14 weeks, tying it with “Dani California” as the band’s second longest stay at the top, behind only “Scar Tissue”, which was at the top for 16 weeks. It also spent 7 weeks at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
They’ve performed the song at almost every show since its first performance in 2002, making it one of the band’s most performed songs ever with well over 350 performances and counting!
This is just one of those amazing times. Watch the video below!