[caption id="attachment_2375" align="aligncenter" width="300"]L-R Boomer Esiason, Chad Smith, Craig Carton L-R Boomer Esiason, Chad Smith, Craig Carton[/caption]


Earlier today on CBS RADIO’s all-sports station WFAN-AM/FM, morning show hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton welcomed acclaimed drummer Chad Smith who announced that multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers will be headlining “WFAN’s Big Hello To Brooklyn” at Barclays Center on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.


“WFAN’s Big Hello To Brooklyn” also features New Politics, MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Basic Vacation. The show takes place on the biggest weekend in sports and entertainment, and is the exciting conclusion to Barclays Center’s “Kickoff In Brooklyn” series which also includes championship boxing (1/30/2014) and a match-up between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder (1/31/2014).


Tickets for “WFAN’s Big Hello To Brooklyn” go on sale on Friday, Dec. 20 at 10:00AM, ET and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or calling 800-745-3000.  American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10:00AM, ET through Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:00PM, ET.


One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer, Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including "Best Rock Album" for Stadium Arcadium, "Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group" for "Dani California," "Best Rock Song" for "Scar Tissue," and "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" for "Give It Away."  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest studio album, I'm With You, was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 29, 2011.


“The intersection of sports and music is never bigger than during the weekend of the Super Bowl,” said Amy Stevens, Senior Vice President, Strategic Events and Partnerships, CBS RADIO.  “Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American institution and rock n’roll icons, and what better way to celebrate football’s championship than with this incredible lineup of artists for local fans and the thousands in New York from around the world.”


For more information, search #BigHello on Twitter, or visit Radio.com.  Audio and video of the entire interview with Chad Smith broadcast live this morning on WFAN is available at www.wfan.com.



CBS RADIO’s WFAN-AM/FM is the original and longest running sports station in the nation, celebrating its 26th anniversary this past July.  With more listeners than any other station of its kind, The FAN provides audiences across the tri-state area with live and local programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is home to award-winning personalities Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts and Steve Somers. The station is the flagship broadcast home for several area sports teams, including the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils.  Listen to WFAN on-air in New York at 66AM or 101.9FM, online at www.wfan.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.


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