On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams will play their first home game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in over two decades, and an LA rock back that has dominated the airwaves for the past quarter century is fittingly due to welcome the Rams back to LA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform about 30 minutes prior to kickoff, which is set for 1 p.m. Pacific Time. Gates to the Coliseum will open at 11 a.m. local time.
The Chili Peppers are tied to the fabric of the City of Angels, as the band's biggest hit, "Under the Bridge," is a song that speaks to the loneliness associated with drug abuse and celebrates Los Angeles as an ever present comforting companion.
The band's lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote the song, which was released in 1992 and brought the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the mainstream of music and pop culture. Since then, the band has gone on to reach worldwide fame and success.
Kiedis and bassist Flea are reputed LA Lakers' fans, who still turned up to watch the purple and gold regularly during the recent down years. Flea, who is a vocal LA sports fan on social media, even played the national anthem prior to Kobe Bryant's incredible 60-point final game at Staples Center.
"Since I was a little boy, I've taken joy in the beauty of the Rams," Flea said in a statement. "When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, 'Well, where I'm going they've got the Rams. It's going to be all right.'"
For the Rams, who welcome all talk of their history in the Southern California city, the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing at the LA Memorial Coliseum fits perfectly. Fans and the team alike will hope that the Rams will score their first points of the season and pull out a win on Sunday, so the Chili Peppers will not be the only highlight of the momentous occasion.