We’ve been reporting on rumours of a Red Hot Chili Peppers appearance at Big Day Out for a while now. Bassist Flea told fans on Twitter that “we are coming to Australia early next year,” with the timing – and Big Day Out’s renewed links with Lollapalooza festival, which the Peppers headlined this year – seeming to point to RHCP 4 BDO.
However, while this has so far been just speculation (and a lot of wishful thinking on our part) a great big heavy weight has been added to the rumours, with music reporter Nui Te Koha telling Triple M radio to “put it in the bank” that the Chili Peppers would be headlining Big Day Out 2013.
Speaking on air with Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy earlier in the week, Te Koha said that the Big Day Out team had been unhappy with his previous rumour-mongering about the Anthony Kiedis-led quartet. Te Koha then stated, towards the end of the chat: “let’s put this in the bank right now. Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2013. They will headline the Big Day Out.”
Of course, Te Koha’s reportings about upcoming tours should be taken with a grain of salt. The guy is a big player in the industry, but has recently made several big-name tips that haven’t come out. Most recently, he said that the Black Keys would be playing either Splendour In The Grass or Big Day Out (they’re doing a headline tour in October), Bruce Springsteen for the 2012 AFL Grand Final (nope), The Offspring and Evanescence for Soundwave 2012 (yeahhh no), and Radiohead, Pearl Jam and Prince for Big Day Out 2012 (nope again),
You can hear the entire Chili Peppers-related conversation on the Triple M podcast – listen in from the 11.45 mark.
Still a rumour at this stage, obviously – but it’s a rumour getting bigger and juicier by the day!