Watch Flea's amazing 15-minute bass and trumpet solo
16 October 2020, 10:28 | Updated: 16 October 2020, 10:33
Celebrate the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist's birthday by watching this incredible performance.
Flea was born Michael Peter Balzary on 16 October 1962. And to mark the birthday of the wild man of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, let's relive one of his finest moments.
Flea went viral back in 2018 after giving a show-stopping solo performance during as how in San Francisco.
The By The Way bassist took to the stage at the city's Masonic auditorium for a Pathway To Paris concert on 14 September that year. The event was put on the raise awareness around the urgency of climate change and to "offer solutions to turning the Paris agreement into action".
Legendary musician Patti Smith introduced the bassist by saying: "He is poetry, he is innocence, he is energy, he is Flea!"
Our man then performed for 15 minutes armed only with his bass guitar, a loop pedal and his trusty trumpet.
It's an impressive piece of work, which you can relive here.
Flea said of the performance: "Happy in my heart I had the opportunity to play for for Pathways To Paris this weekend. I love trees, water, air, bluebirds with those little crowns on their heads."
Happy in my heart I had the opportunity to play for for Pathways To Paris this weekend. I love trees, water, air, bluebirds with those little crowns on their heads. “Stop messing up the grounds they’re the only ones around” - Captain Beefheart. https://t.co/Vmx471xZnz— Flea (@flea333) September 17, 2018
Red Hot Chili Peppers fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the band, now that acclaimed guitarist John Frusciante is back in the fold. However, their summer 2020 festival dates were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it's reported that the Chilis are working on their twelfth studio album with producer Rick Rubin.