Man surprises girlfriend with tickets to Red Hot Chilli Peppers only to realize he misread the name

"I thought what a bargain, there must not be many tickets left and snatched them up straight away."
June 25, 2018 3:44 pm Last Updated: June 25, 2018 3:44 pm

Picture this: after days of racking your brain for something to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day you finally thought of the perfect gift: tickets to see their favorite band.

And as a bonus you decide to make a little vacation out of it, which means you’ll need to book a flight and a hotel.

Duncan Robb planned what he thought was the perfect getaway for him and his girlfriend, but before their flight his girlfriend noticed something wasn’t right.

Robb purchased the concert tickets as a Christmas gift.


The Chesterfield, England, native told Storyful that he came across the tickets for his girlfriend’s “all-time” favorite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, while he was looking for tickets to another event.

The American rock band was supposedly scheduled to make a stop in Belfast, Ireland, a city Robb visited frequently.

“When I clicked on and got tickets in row Q and for £30 [roughly $40] each I thought what a bargain, there must not be many tickets left and snatched them up straight away,” he explained to Storyful. “Also, I saw the date was February 10, so I could make it into a Valentine’s Day weekend—kill two birds with one stone.”

A month after he purchased the tickets they came in the mail.

(Twitter/Duncan Robb/Screenshot)

When the tickets arrived in the mail, the couple set them aside where they sat until it was time for their Valentine’s Day getaway.

As the day of the concert became closer, Robb’s girlfriend wanted to know who would be opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When she searched, something odd happened. She couldn’t find any information about the American rock band playing in Northern Ireland.

Days before the concert, Robb’s girlfriend became suspicious about the tickets.

(Twitter/Duncan Robb/Screenshot)

It was then that the couple realized the hilariously unfortunate mistake.

Robb had purchased tickets to see the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a bagpipe band, not the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“[We] just had to laugh about it—what else was there to do! The only saving grace was that we had found out three days before and not while we were in the arena!” he joked.

Despite the tickets being for a band they didn’t intend to see, the couple still went to the concert.

Even though the tickets weren’t for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the couple decided to take their vacation and attended the show because it “didn’t make any sense to be over there and not at least check them out!”

Douglas Gillespie, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ agent, told Newsweek that unfortunately this isn’t the first time this has happened, even though the band is “extremely careful” in how they market themselves.

“We’ve made sure to put kits and bagpipes on all the pictures,” Gillespie said. “We would never ever try to pass ourselves off as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we respect them too much.”

Robb isn’t the only one to have accidentally purchased tickets for the bagpipe band.

In this instance, the band gained a new fan!

Hopefully, Robb learned his lesson and will pay a little more attention the next time he attempts to buy tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers.