Thursday, April 7, 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea performs national anthem at NBA game

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performed a solo rendition of the US national anthem prior to a Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA home game on April 3.

The rocker – who appeared at center court with a customized bass featuring the Lakers’ logo and colours – later revealed that he personalized his unique version for one of the team’s icons who was in attendance at the city’s Arena.

“I was so happy to have had a brief conversation with Kareem Abdul Jabbar before I walked out there,” shared Flea on Instagram a few days later, with video footage filmed by his wife. “Knowing Kareem’s deep love for, and knowledge of jazz, I told him I would do a Charlie Parker riff, which I did in the second stanza (on the word ‘fight’.)

“Anthony, Chad and I were there and excited (John was excited at home) about the new Rhcp album UNLIMITED LOVE and everyone got a bitchin RHCP hoops shirt.”

Flea’s appearance took place two days after the Chili Peppers’ released their new album, “Unlimited Love.”

Produced by Rick Rubin, the band’s twelfth studio set marks the follow-up to 2016’s “The Getaway”, which was a Top 3 album in more than twenty counties, including the US, where it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

You can stream “Unlimited Love” in its entirety here.

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