Plenty of spice left in Red Hot Chili Peppers

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
Flea (left) and Anthony Kiedis on stage at TD Garden Monday night.

You know a band has loyal fans when it plays one of its best-known songs as the final encore and the frontman leaves the stage and the sold-out crowd of 14,485 remains, dancing happily to an extended jam for another five-plus minutes with no sign of a mass exodus.

After 30 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have earned that kind of loyalty and they honored it last night at the TD Garden with a nearly two-hour performance that careened from hyperkinetically funky to moody brooding and hit several frenetic stops in between.

It’s clear that the group’s induction last month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has not been taken as a sign to slow down. Flagging energy was not an option as every member of the band flailed around the stage with lost-in-the-music abandon.


From fidgety opener “Monarchy of Roses’’ - one of just a few tracks played from the Chilies’ latest release “I’m With You’’ - to the punky adrenaline shot of the 25-year-old “Me and My Friends’’ to the parade of hits - “Dani California,’’ “Californication,’’ “By the Way’’ - the setlist was a crowd-pleaser. There were frequent, lusty singalongs with Anthony Kiedis’s idiosyncratic jibber-jabber and off-kilter croon.

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Modular video screens offered pristine visuals and caught the always-entertaining Chad Smith working out his swing and bash alongside touring percussionist Mauro Refosco, who added polyrhythmic panache to tunes like “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.’’ Flea attacked his bass with characteristic mania, wringing speedy and precise riffs that paired snugly with the wriggly licks and intense, high-toned solos of Josh Klinghoffer, who has integrated nicely not only on guitar but as a backing vocalist as well, offering Kiedis support on tunes like the hymnlike “Under the Bridge’’ and the undulating “Scar Tissue.’’

Following a buoyant take on “Give it Away,’’ Kiedis departed but Flea, Klinghoffer, and Smith remained to play out the string. When they were finished, Flea, a diehard LA Lakers man who says he still can’t help but love Boston, thanked the fans for their loyalty and implored them to support live music.

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