Flea of RHCP remembers the group that “Opened A Portal For Him”

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea revealed the group that served as an inspiration for him on a recent episode of Spin’s “Artist X Artist.” The episode featured Flea talking with the band members he admires. The post-punk group Bush Tetras was the sole object of the bassist’s admiration. Bush Tetras gave one of their first performances outside of New York in 1981 at the Whisky A Go-Go, which Flea attended as a teenager and was a memorable event for him. During his talk with Pat Place and Synthia Sley of the Bush Tetras, he reflected on the concert he had seen and remarked the following:

“For me, it was a huge show. I had never seen anything like it, and I was truly amazed. The best way to describe it is that it gave me a window into the world of music. The bassist also mentioned Bush Tetras as one of his influences for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ style. Jazz and punk musicians are among the artists who have influenced the band, and there is now a new artist to add to the list.

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