Avid Los Angeles Lakers fan Flea was not cheering from simply the sidelines over the weekend, he was truly proper beneath the highlight within the pre-game festivities as he carried out a blistering, fuzzed out efficiency of the Nationwide Anthem simply forward of the Lakers key playoff-run sport towards the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (April 3).
This is not the primary time Flea has carried out the music for the Lakers hometown followers (extra on that just a little later), however it could be probably the most effectively obtained. A fast take a look at the musician leaves little question the place his loyalties lie, as he turned up along with his Lakers emblazoned purple Fender Jazz bass guitar and matching pants, with some gold splotches in his hair. Whereas enjoying, you’ll be able to clearly see the phrases “Go Lakers” scrawled upon his forearm.
For a shirt, he confirmed off one other loyalty, with Parliament proudly displayed on the colourful shirt. Earlier within the week, George Clinton had helped to disclose the Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers Hollywood Stroll of Fame star throughout a ceremony and the band rocked “Give It Away” with the P-Funk musician.
For this rendition, it began merely with Flea choosing just a few bass chords queuing up the acquainted notes of the Nationwide Anthem, however quickly into the efficiency, he steps on a fuzz pedal and lets free with some impressed noodling and headbanging. As he later tweeted, “I advised Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] I might do this Charlie Parker riff within the second stanza (after I step on the fuzz pedal).
As you’ll be able to see, Flea primarily obtained reward for this effort.
This effort was positively higher obtained than his April 2016 efficiency at Kobe Bryant’s final sport as a Los Angeles Laker. Decked out in Lakers gear, Flea’s fingers danced across the fretboard including depth and texture to the music, however the efficiency suffered a bit from sound points. Whereas Flea appeared pleased along with his efficiency, he confronted some harsh criticisms on social media. Talking later to TMZ, he brushed it off, stating, “I do not care man … I do know that individuals who favored music favored it. I believed it was lovely. I actually haven’t any concern for little small minds that get pissed off after they get blown … I like massive minds.”
For Flea, the Lakers sport was the fruits of a busy week that not solely included the Hollywood Stroll of Fame ceremony, however late evening TV appearances, a brand new album launch (Limitless Love is out now) and extra. Try his Nationwide Anthem efficiency beneath.
Flea Performs the Nationwide Anthem at Los Angeles Lakers / Denver Nuggets Recreation (April 3, 2022)
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