Flea Regrets Chili Peppers’ ‘Petty’ Attitude Towards Guns N’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea regretted his band’s attitude toward other bands trying to gain prominence in the ’80s.
He said he and his colleagues encouraged a “certain arrogance” toward Hollywood bands competing for attention at the time, singling out Guns N’ Roses as an outfit that didn’t deserve the lack of respect.
“We were definitely against the hair-metal scene,” said Flea. classic rock (via Music News) recently. “We were like, ‘Fuck them. We’re the underground, art-rock, weird dudes of the east side; these guys just keep rehashing Aerosmith and Kiss.” He added, “In retrospect, this n It was all bullshit. A lot of those bands were really great. Guns N’ Roses was a great band.
He went on to reflect, “There was a certain arrogance. A ‘Fuck the world, fuck the system, fuck the authority, fuck the powers that be, we are us and we do our thing our way, we are the street kids thing . We were going hard and being wild.
Attitude probably contributed to the Chilis’ success, as did their attitude towards their music. “It didn’t occur to us that there was anything more than selling clubs and making people happy and original,” singer Anthony Kiedis said. “We were a party band, but you have to bring something to the party. Flea was instrumental saying, “We have to be good; we have to write new bullshit, we have to have something to move these people. We always came fully loaded.
They will release their 12th album Unlimited love — with returning guitarist John Frusciante — on April 1.
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