Flea and Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers call out 'outlandish' NSW live music rules
Stricter festival regulations in New South Wales have received some colourful, high-profile criticism from Californian rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who described the rules as "outlandish" and "stupid".
Michael Balzary, known professionally as Flea, did not mince his words as he addressed the crowd at a concert in Geelong on Saturday.
"Did they figure out that stupid shit in New South Wales yet? Trying to pass that law so it's impossible to put on a concert?" he asked the cheering crowd.
"Making it hard for people to go see live music — that's the stupidest f***ing thing I've ever heard in my life."
Frontman Anthony Kiedis then chimed in:
"Who the f*** came up with that idea?"
Flea replied: "Some f***ing outlandish shit they're trying to do.
"Live music forever, for the people."
The group was referring to the State Government's new festival regulations, which have been implemented after a string of drug-related deaths at events last year.