The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced a handful of US tour dates for 2012 today. Among those are four Carolina shows including January 25 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, which launches the band's "I'm With You" World Tour. The veteran funk-rockers follow that date with shows in Raleigh January 27, Columbia January 28, and Greensboro January 31. Dates in Atlanta and Memphis are also part of this jaunt which kicks off the Grammy winning band's 2012 North American tour.
The group is currently in Europe touring behind its latest album "I'm With You." The upcoming US tour marks its first full-scale US tour since 2007 and will be its first time at the Arena without former lead guitarist John Frusciante (who I thought was such an integral part of its live show). Frusciante left the group in 2009 and was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer was in the band Ataxia with Frusciante and toured with the Chili Peppers as an additional guitarist toward the end of its "Stadium Arcadium" tour.
Special guest Santigold, who last hit Charlotte opening for the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow at Amos' Southend during the 2008 Get Out and Vote tour, will open the show. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 3. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.