A couple of articles have come out in the last couple of days about Flea.
One is another post about Flea’s forthcoming autobiography (no publishing date yet) saying that the bassist now has a publishing deal with Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group:
Grand Central announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, would be a window into Flea’s “intense and dynamic life.” He will cover his years with singer Anthony Kiedis and his “tumultuous” path with the Red Hot Chili Peppers over the past three decades. Source
The other was an article about Flea’s appearance on the Larry king show with a video (sorry can’t find an embed link) talking about his childhood and appearance in the ‘Low Down’ movie:
“I was kind of a rough kid. I was on the street, I was getting in trouble, I was doing petty crimes, I was on drugs. The one thing that kept me focused was the music programs in the public schools that I went to, it gave you a sense of self, a sense of discipline, something to work on.”
Full article including video HERE
Angra, Feli and Pamela at the Signing
So, yesterday and the signing of Fandemonium! The book signing was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with wristbands being available from 9 a.m. and was held at Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles. Originally the event was advertised as having Anthony Kiedis and photographer David Mushegain in attendance but during the day it was announced that more than one Red Hot Chili Pepper band member would be there! …
As it turned out, RHCP were represented by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Flea. David Mushegain was of course there (if you don’t know, Dave is the person at the table with a red bandana) and milling around in the background were several other recognizable faces including Chris Warren (Chad’s drum tech whom many of you will have seen playing on stage with the band during the ‘I’m With You’ tour concerts) and Anthony’s girlfriend, Helena Vestergaard.
Fan Photos of the Signing:
Many thanks to Feli for this video
A massive thank you to my friends, Angra, Feli and Pamela, who went yesterday and who have shared their photos and videos with us! Love you my RHCP sister and T-shirt Experiment girls! <3
Other photos I believe are by Brian Gove/WireImage.
If anyone else has info/photos/video of the event and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you!
Byran Ferry’s new album, ‘Avonmore’ is due out next week and features guest appearances from Ferry’s own son, Tara, as well a number of artists including Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Flea:
The title track, meanwhile, features an appearance from Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom Ferry met in Los Angeles through British artist Damien Hirst.
“When he came to the session he had this great bass guitar that Damien had given him that which was kind of coated with butterflies,” recalled Ferry. “A beautiful instrument and worth millions, I guess. So that’s what he played. He’s a very good player, lots of energy and we got on very well. He plays the bass sort of hundreds of notes a second, very fast. He’s like a virtuoso bass player.”
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
A slightly different photo to the one most of us are used to from the Abbey Road shoot by photographer Chris Clunn. Enjoy
I’ve just uploaded the article HERE (it’s a feature on the work of Chris Clunn and doesn’t seem to mention the Chilis other than include this photo- the article is in German) but I thought the photo was worthy of adding to the front page.
Flea has been interviewed by Rolling Stone as part of the promotion for his role in the movie, ‘Low Down’; he talks about comparisons between his own life and that of the main character in the film especially growing up in a household where music and drugs played a large part plus Flea’s own experiences of taking drugs. Here’s an excerpt:
Given the parallels between Amy-Jo’s story and your experience growing up, what goes through your head when you’re watching the movie?
For me, the whole thing just feels very dreamy. Obviously, it’s a sad thing – having a drug addict parent as a little kid and stuff. My greatest hope is that people see the freedom and the joy that’s there, too. Amy and I grew up in very similar circumstances: We’re the same age, and I grew up in Hollywood with a junkie jazz musician parent that’s like absolutely crazy. I read the script and I was like, “Holy fuck.” We were [both] like, yeah, there were the hard parts – the challenging parts of dealing with someone with a substance abuse problem and the bummer of it – but there was also the music, man. I was a kid, and those guys would be in my living room, playing, jamming, I just couldn’t believe that people could do that. It gave me such a high watermark for what human beings are capable of in my life. So I hope that you get that a little bit in the movie.
Full interview on Rolling Stone. For more on ‘Low Down’ the movie, please see our earlier post HERE
Flea features in the Die Antwoord video for their song ‘Ugly Boy’. If you want to check him out, Flea’s main appearance starts about 3.18 and lasts for a couple of seconds. He’s also in the video briefly later on.
The video also features cameos from Marilyn Manson and Jack Black… and someone who looks very like Cara Delevingne. Source
“I just want to teach music to as many kids as I can and supply arts education,” he told Rolling Stone, noting that the funds will be used for a new building that will double the student capacity to well over 1,000. About 200 kids currently attend for free. “Arts are as important as athletics and academics. It’s the three A’s.” Source
News reports are beginning to come in for the fourth annual fundraiser held at Ron Burkle’s home for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The event raised a staggering $1.25 million for the Conservatory of Music and included performances by Rufus Wainwright and Bruno Mars. Paintings by artists such as Damian Hirst, Raymond Pettibon & Richard Prince (Flea made the winning bid on one of his pieces) were also sold at the event. All four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were present at the event with the evening being co-hosted by Anthony and Flea.
Read more at Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to Shalhevet for sourcing the Rolling Stone link.
Chad Smith has released a brief video of the band signing copies of the new Fandemonium book that is due on sale to the public shortly on his Instagram account:
For more information on Fandemonium please see our earlier post: Fandemonium by Dave Mushegain