Whoever would have thought that California and Coventry would be so compatible?
Los Angeles sunshine and music - combined with a festival atmosphere - ensured it was an unforgettable night of funk, punk and classic rock at the Ricoh Arena. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have grown from a respected alternative rock outfit in the 1980s, to stadium gods over the last 15 years.
So Coventry should be thankful that the West Coast's finest stopped off in the West Midlands to perform a string of 1990s smash singles and songs from their epic Stadium Arcadian album.
Dani California and Snow (Hey Oh), along with the album's title track, provided a undeniable, uncompromising mandate for the Chili's claim to be the standard-bearing purveyors of what rock should sound like.
Lead singer Anthony Kiedis's vocal range filled the massive arena with Californication, and other MTV favourites By the Way and Give it Away were equally as impressive when translated from the video screen to the stadium show.
There was no shocks (or socks!) from the men who built their reputation in the 1980s on sex and drugs-fuelled excess and who cemented it in their middle age through writing poetic anthems on the degradation of their beloved Los Angeles.
First class music and social commentary sit well together in the home city of The Specials. And one can only hope that more cutting edge artists are attracted to the region by the Ricoh. (Although Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams have already performed at the stadium, they are currently about as useful as a pair of England car flags in musical terms.)
And as much of the Chili's recent music displays the band's influence from local lads Led Zeppelin, maybe the West Midlands and the West Coast have a lot in common after all.
Neil Connor ..SUPL: