Red Hot Chili Peppers show support for the memory of Trayvon Martin at tour opener in Florida, are giving away 5-track live EP on their website
The Red Hot Chili Peppers made a powerful statement at the opening night of the band’s North American tour last Thursday (Mar. 29th) in support of the case of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager who was murdered by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in late February. The band came out onstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida wearing hoodies with “Ode To Trayvon, Stand What Ground” written on the back.
The hoodie has become symbolic of the crime because Martin was wearing one on the night he was shot down, which Zimmerman claimed made him look suspicious.
“Stand What Ground” refers to a law enacted in Florida and several other states, called “Stand Your Ground,” that allows citizens to use deadly force if they feel they’re being threatened. The law has led to an upsurge in killings in Florida since its enactment.
Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin, claiming it was in self-defense, but has not been arrested more than a month since the murder, which has brought national attention and a possible Justice Department investigation into the Sanford police department. The Chili Peps play tonight at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As a special gift to their fans, Red Hot Chili Peppers are giving away a free five-track live EP on their website. By submitting your email address, you can get a free download of the EP, which features live versions of songs recorded during last year’s European tour.
The track list — which was hand-picked by drummer Chad Smith — includes unique live performances of “Give It Away” and “If You Have to Ask” from the band’s 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik; “Dani California” from 2006’s Stadium Arcadium; and “Look Around” and “Monarchy of Roses” from their latest album, I’m With You. Get the free E.P. here: www.redhotchilipeppers.com