For more than three decades, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have toured the world and performed their iconic songs to thousands of international fans. Yet on the 15th of March, 2019, the rock band gave one of their most unforgettable performances, when Egypt’s Travco Group brought the American band to the Great Pyramids of Giza. After two hours of an energetic and epic performance, the rock-fueled experience left both the band and the fans absolutely breathless. The concert will now go down in history as one of the band’s best performances ever.

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It was a sunny afternoon at the Pyramids of Giza, when fans started arriving to the concert site where the famous rock band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was about to perform their unique funk-rock sound  for the first time at this historic location. Formed in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling American funk rock bands of all time, with over 80 million records sold worldwide. With six Grammy Awards under their belt and no less than sixteen Grammy nominations, the band holds the record for the most number-one singles for a rock band to this day.  Furthermore, in 2012 they sealed their place in rock history when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thus it was quite a feat for Travco’s Vice Chairman, Karim El Chiaty, the visionary behind this initiative, to convince the band to come to Egypt for this iconic performance. As El Chiaty explains, “this has always been one of my lifelong aspirations.” El Chiaty adds, “For the past 40 years, Travco Group has been committed to improving tourism offerings in Egypt and this is no different. By bringing a great band like Red Hot Chili Peppers to Egypt, we can show the world that Egypt is not only safe but fun as well. ”Of course the challenge was how to market this concert to the world but as El Chiaty recalls, “The Red hot Chili Peppers is one of the biggest rock bands, and having them perform at a historical venue like the Pyramids, allowed the concert to sell itself. From the moment it was announced fans from around the world bought their tickets online and planned their trips accordingly. And Travco offered special packages to facilitate their travel, so their experience was seamless.”

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When the day of this long awaited concert arrived, Red Hot Chili Peppers drew a huge crowd that included an unprecedented turnout of diehard fans, who flew in from 67 countries especially to witness the band’s once in a lifetime epic performance in the land of the Pharaohs. With their yellow tickets promising an unforgettable experience at 8 PM, fans started flocking towards the prestigious venue as early as six hours in advance. Lined up in front of the gates, they cranked up the volume as the band’s most iconic melodies streamed out of several cars, while they bonded over their excitement for the night ahead. After a thorough security inspection, loyal attendees took their spots right in front of the stage hours ahead of the performance. 

The stage set up reflected the grandeur of the location and included special lighting mimicking the grandiose Pyramids in the backdrop. As the sun started to set, the band’s international team started to apply their magic on stage. The crowd couldn’t contain their excitement once the band’s iconic drum set, emblazoned with the famous RHCP logo, was revealed.  The screaming, clapping and banging of feet continued reaching a crescendo as members of the band came onto the stage. The psyched-up crowd continued to sing, wave and dance as the group performed their most popular hits; starting with such favourites like, “Can’t Stop,” “Californication” and “Dark Necessities.” The energy continued all through the night, with the fans dancing and singing along to their favourite beats.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers were as excited and exhilarated as their fans, feeding off the amazing energy and vibe of the crowd. Each and every band member was keen to address the crowd in his own way. The band’s lead singer Anthony Kiedis, chose to use a handful of languages to thank the crowd – starting with “Shokran,” in Arabic. Meanwhile, the band’s bassist, Flea, made sure to highlight the presence of one special fan in the front row, who attended the band’s very first performance 36 years ago, before travelling all the way to Egypt for this special concert.

The crowd was also treated to a very special surprise during the break. After jamming a number of their biggest hits, the band cleared the stage and left the guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, who abandoned his instrument in favour of the piano. The multi-talented performer chose to sing a cover of The Pyramid Song by Radiohead. Given the performance’s novelty, the crowd was both exhilarated and immersed in this once-in-a lifetime experience.

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Proving that music is truly a universal language, the concert was truly unique and united the band’s fans, who flew in from all over the world. Dressed in the event’s exclusive merchandise, the excited fans continued to sing and dance in harmony, as they left the concert and long after the performance ended. 

As El Chiaty reflected on the epic night, he was full of pride for what Travco Group and its organising partner, Nacelle had accomplished. “The Pyramids are a world heritage site and performing at this venue is the highest honour for any performer. Seeing all these people from around the world come to Egypt and hearing their testimonials made it all worth it. I personally enjoyed every minute of it,” adds El Chiaty.  And best of all, El Chiaty is now inspired to bring even more performers to Egypt. “Because this concert was such a success, we’re going to start working on the next one very soon!” So Egypt, look out, great things are on the horizon…