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Gear Watch: The Fleabass
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: The Fleabass

Flea announced his own line of affordable basses at last year’s NAMM show, dubbed the Fleabass. The basses, designed by Flea, come in junior and full-scale configurations with colorful, high gloss finishes. The basses are a part of a broader goal for Flea. As we covered in November, Flea has his own non-profit music school, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music....

Flea Plays National Anthem Before BCS Game
Bass Videos

Flea Plays National Anthem Before BCS Game

Flea performed the national anthem with Josh Groban at the Rose Bowl BCS National Championship football game a couple of days ago: Personally, we like the performance he did before the Lakers game better:

David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think
Interviews

David Pastorius: It’s Not What You Think

When your last name is Pastorius and you play the bass, it only stands to reason that people will draw some immediate conclusions. In the case of David Pastorius, they’d probably be wrong. David, the nephew of the late, great bassist Jaco Pastorius, may share the same last name and instrument of choice as his uncle, but that’s where the...

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Professor Flea

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea (Michael Balzary) recently spoke with CNN about The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a school he developed in 2001 with his childhood friend, Tree (Keith Barry). The non-profit school, located at Sunset Junction in Los Angeles, offers after-school lessons and focuses on the fundamentals of playing an instrument, rather than focusing on being a rock...

Flea Joining Thom Yorke for Live Performances
Concerts & Tours, News

Flea Joining Thom Yorke for Live Performances

Flea will be teaming up with Thom Yorke on October 4th and 5th at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. “In the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the Eraser stuff live and the new songs etc… to see if it could work!” Yorke said, via Radiohead’s Dead-Air-Space blog. “We don’t really...

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Chris Chaney and Flea confirmed for Slash solo album

Bassists Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers are confirmed players on the highly anticipated solo album being worked on by Slash during Velvet Revolver’s singer search. Other confirmed artists to appear on the album include: Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold’s M.Shadows, Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie, former Guns ‘N Roses bandmate...

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Flea to induct Metallica at Rock HOF 2009 event

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will join Eminem, Jimmy Page, and Ronnie Wood to induct the 2009 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Flea will induct Metallica, Eminem will induct Run-D.M.C., Jimmy Page will induct ex-Yardbird bandmate Jeff Beck, and Ronnie Wood of the The Rolling Stones will induct Bobby Womack. The event takes place on...

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RHCP extend study break

Flea continues to hit the books at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles, which is prompting the Red Hot Chili Peppers to consider taking another year of sabbatical. Or so they say. According to an ominous statement from drummer Chad Smith, there could be other factors involved. “You can’t force anybody to play who doesn’t want to. I’m...

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Buzz Beat for February 16

Playing a little catch up here on bass buzz from around the web… The Grammy Awards revealed more than just this year’s winners. The event proved to be a family affair as we learned that legendary bassist Charlie Haden is Jack Black’s father-in-law. The Jack Black references don’t stop there: after bassist Paul McCartney‘s performance at the Grammys, Black told...

Concerts & Tours, Player News

Flea joins The Faces reunion tour

It looks like the Faces reunion is really going to happen, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea holding down the low end. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Ronnie Wood said “We had a few fantastic rehearsals last week and we’re ready to go. It’s like no time has passed by. There’s a lot of guest bass players that...