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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea hints at turbulent relationship with Anthony Kiedis

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signs copies of his new book "Acid For The Children" at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signs copies of his new book "Acid For The Children" at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has opened up about his longtime relationship with Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, both in a new interview with the Guardian and his new memoir, Acid For The Children, which arrived on Tuesday (November 5th).

In the memoir, Flea recalled that Kiedis was “unlike anyone” he had met, adding, “Among my friends, I was the guy who was always trying to do something that would freak people out. Then I met Anthony and he matched me step for step. We got up to all kinds of crazy s**t.”

Flea also described Kiedis as “controlling” in the memoir, but declined to elaborate on it to the Guardian, saying the two bandmates had “issues” between them that he wasn’t willing to discuss. But Flea did say, “He doesn’t accept that I’m different and that things that excite me may not excite him. He’s looking to be the alpha.”

Flea also explained how Kiedis’ drug abuse affected him over the years, saying, “It’s painful and scary and sad . . . because the rationale of someone who’s a drug addict is disingenuous and hollow and misguided.” Elsewhere in the memoir, Flea described his own battles with drug addiction and his grief when early Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak died of an overdose at the age of 26.

Story source: NME

SIDE NOTES: Flea also explained why his memoir ends with the Chili Peppers’ first show and doesn’t delve further into the band’s career. He told BBC News, “I thought if I wrote a book about the Chili Peppers, it’d be like cheating. But if I could write a book about my childhood that could exist on its own merits, without the band, then I deserved to write a book. That was the challenge I set for myself.”

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