Some of alternative music’s biggest stars will come together this Sunday for the benefit concert ‘Malibu Love Sesh’ put on by The Malibu Foundation to help raise money for wildfire relief and the overall climate change situation taking place in California. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck and St. Vincent will all perform.
Red Hot Chili Peppers fans have seen the band tribute California a number of times; the Californication album; of their biggest hits “Dani California”. Now, Anthony Kiedis is dedicating his time to the Golden State in a different way. He’s written an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone concerning climate change and its severe effects on RHCP’s beloved state.
Written with filmmaker Rory Kennedy and Trevor Neilson from The Malibu Foundation, Kiedis explains some of the heartbreaking scenes in the recent past, and announced that a ‘climate crisis’ led to the tragedy:
California is on the front lines of a climate crisis. It 2017, Ventura was hit with the states largest wildfire, burning nearly 300,000 acres. In early 2018, 23 people died in the Montecito mudslides. Later in the year, the Camp Fire left the town of Paradise in total ruin, killing 86 people. At the same time the Woosley Fire destroyed 1,643 structures, killing 3 people and prompting evacuation of more than 295,000 residents.
Kiedis sounds highly concerned:
These extreme weather events are going to accelerate if we don’t act now. The toll on human life and the environment is unfathomable.
Flea has an Instagram post about the concert which will be at the Hollywood Paladium on January 13th.