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THEIR latest album is called I’m With You, and with us is exactly what the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be later this month, much to the delight of their almost-innumerable fans.

The veteran funk-rock band, founded in Los Angeles back in 1983, will be playing at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Sunderland, June 24.

The show, featuring support sets by Reverend and the Makers, the Wombats and Sunderland’s very own Futureheads, is one of only two being played in the UK by the Chili Peppers, the other being at Knebworth in Hertfordshire.

The band are still led by founder members Anthony Kiedis and Michael Balzary, alias Flea, backed up by long-time drummer Chad Smith and, replacing John Frusciante on guitar, Josh Klinghoffer.

They are on tour to promote their tenth studio album, I’m With You.

Released in August last year, it was a No 1 over here and in 17 other countries and No 2 in their native US.

Though it didn’t meet with as rapturous a reception as the band’s last few albums, that’s probably down, as much as anything, to the fact that the hat-trick of 1999’s Californication, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium is as hard an act to follow as just about any back catalogue has to offer.

There’s certainly plenty of good stuff on there, including lead single The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie and Brendan’s Death Song.

Speaking of back catalogues, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have almost 30 years’ worth of material to choose from for the chunk of their set not given over to the new album.

Their biggest hits over that time include 1992’s Under the Bridge, 1994’s Give It Away, 1999’s Scar Tissue, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Dani California.

Tickets, priced from £45, are available at rhcp@safc.com and www.kililive.com/rhcp

DARIN HUTSON