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The Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Set to Take Over the Giza Pyramids

The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre. Getty

They’re one of the world’s Seven Wonders, and this spring, the Pyramids of Giza will double as a stage, too. On March 15, the historic landmark will play host to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are set to perform a selection of hits from their extensive discography in Egypt. The concert will mark the Grammy-winning rock band’s first performance in the North African country.

The American band who gave us Zephyr and Californication announced the exciting news on their Twitter account via a short video that featured a compilation of clips of previous concerts. Co-founder and bassist Flea (born Michael Balzary) then expressed his excitement to finally play in Egypt on his Instagram page. “My heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful and humbled for the impending experience.”

The hotly-anticipated performance will round out the musicians’ two-year-long world tour to promote their 11th studio album, The Gateway (2016), which saw them take the stage in Amsterdam, Spain, Mexico, and Germany, among other countries.

However, the Red Hot Chili Peppers won’t be the first band to grace the ancient site once inhabited by the Pharaohs. The band will follow in the footsteps of legendary artists Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd who performed on the same stage in 1970 and 1971, respectively. In 1978, The Grateful Dead also held three shows at the foot of the Great Sphinx. Shakira, Mariah Carey, and Kylie Minogue all performed at the Pyramids of Giza too.

Tickets for the exclusive Pyramids of Giza show in Egypt have already gone on sale on January 18 and are now available to purchase online.

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