The Red Hot Chili Peppers are returning to Auckland to perform at the same venue the band's sound engineer once slammed as an "echo chamber".

The Chili Peppers, one of the world's biggest rock bands, will perform at Auckland's Vector Arena on Monday, January 14 before heading to Australia for a headlining slot at the Big Day Out music festival.

The Californication rockers were last here in April, 2007 for two shows at Auckland's newest live music venue Vector Arena, gigs which were plagued by complaints about sound problems.

The venue's issues caused the Los Angeles-based band's sound engineer Dave Rat to write to the Herald, calling the venue an echo chamber that suffered from a "significant roar of reflections".


The issues have since been addressed with the use of drop cloths around the stadium, which holds around 12,500 punters when full. It was recently confirmed as one of the busiest venues of its size worldwide.

The Chili Peppers are headlining the Big Day Out in Australia, the line-up for which is was announced today and includes The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleigh Bells, Band of Horses and Childish Gambino.

They'll be here on the back of last year's album I'm With You, and will be bringing new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer here for the first time.

Ticket details and an opening act are yet to be confirmed. Fans can sign up at My Live Nation for exclusive tickets and pre-sale deals to their Vector Arena show.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Where: Vector Arena, Auckland
When: Monday, January 14.

- Herald online