Flea Rocks fuzzed the bass-led national anthem at the Lakers game
Flea, an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan, was no longer just cheering on the sidelines this weekend, he was actually in the spotlight during the pre-game festivities as he delivered a stunning, hazy performance of the national anthem just before the Lakers key. playoff game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, April 3.
This isn’t the first time Flea has performed the song for Lakers hometown fans (we’ll talk about that a bit later), but it may be the most beloved. A quick glance at the musician leaves no doubt about his loyalty, as he arrived with his purple Fender Jazz bass guitar in Lakers colors and matching pants, with a few gold flecks in his hair. While playing, you can clearly see the words “Go Lakers” scrawled across his forearm.
For a shirt he showed another loyalty, with Parliament proudly displayed on the colorful shirt. Earlier in the week, George Clinton helped reveal the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Hollywood Walk of Fame star at a ceremony and the band rocked “Give It Away” with musician P-Funk.
For this rendition, it started simply with Flea picking out a few bass chords lining up over the familiar notes of the national anthem, but soon into the performance he steps on a fuzz pedal and goes wild with noodles and kicks. inspired heads. As he later tweeted, “I told Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] I would do this Charlie Parker riff in the second verse (after hitting the fuzz pedal).
As you can see, Flea mostly received praise for this effort.
That effort was certainly better received than his April 2016 performance in Kobe Bryant’s last game as a Los Angeles Laker. Decked out in Lakers gear, Flea’s fingers danced around the fretboard, adding depth and texture to the song, but the performance suffered a bit from sound issues. While Flea seemed pleased with his performance, he faced harsh criticism on social media. Speaking to TMZ later, he dismissed it, saying, “I don’t care man…I know people who loved the music loved it. I thought it was beautiful. I don’t really care. not small minds who get frustrated when they blow themselves up…I like big minds.”
For Flea, the Lakers game was the culmination of a busy week that included not only the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, but also late night TV appearances, the release of a new album (Unlimited love is now available) and more. Check out his performance of the national anthem below.