Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Ric Ocasek with cover of “Just What I Needed”: Watch

The alt-rock veterans took on The Cars' 1978 hit at their Singapore concert on Sunday night

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Red Hot Chili Peppers (photo by Ben Kaye) and Ric Ocasek of The Cars

    Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the continuing wave of artists paying homage to the late Ric Ocasek. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles rockers performed their own rendition of The Cars’ 1978 hit “Just What I Needed” during their concert in Marina Bay, Singapore.

    Unlike Blink-182’s woozy take on the song, RHCP brought full energy akin to the tune’s original feel. Shirtless lead-singer Anthony Kiedis gripped the mic and hammered the verses into the driving groove. As the big chorus swung around, he belted the hook, “I guess you’re just what I needed/ I needed someone to bleed.”

    That wasn’t the only cover the band tackled that evening. They also delivered their classic take on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”, and dropped a little slice of Prince’s “Purple Rain” in the encore.


    Watch Red Hot Chili Pepper’s take on “Just What I Needed” below. The band has just a few tour dates left, including an appearance at Brasil’s Rock in Rio. Check for tickets to those gigs here.


    Ocasek passed away last week at the age of 75. The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner concluded that the cause of death was heart disease.

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