Flea Admits He Suffers To Meet Red Hot Chili Peppers Fans’ Expectations

When you’re a renowned artist, fans have higher expectations from you. Apparently, this fact sometimes puts the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea under great pressure. Speaking to 60 Minutes, the musician revealed he sometimes has a difficult time meeting fan expectations and explained how he feels while performing on stage.

Flea has been friends with Anthony Kiedis since high school and has played bass for the Red Hot Chili Peppers since the band’s formation. Thus, he has a long history with the band and their growing fanbase. Throughout all these years, Flea established a name for himself with his bass playing — so it’s no surprise fans expect him to protect his legacy.

In a recent interview, the bassist admitted he sometimes felt under the pressure of expectations, especially when he was exhausted. However, Flea also said he knows he has to entertain fans because they come to the shows to see him perform at his best. According to the musician, he plays every show like it’s his last show for that reason.

Following that, Flea described his stage time as a sacred time, during which he tried to do everything he could to reflect his feelings and honor big entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Iggy Pop, and Jimi Hendrix. As the bassist argued, this is among the reasons why RHCP has remained relevant and vibrant.

Asked whether he felt under the pressure of being himself, Flea said the following:

“Absolutely. Yeah, sometimes I suffer from it. There are times when I’m exhausted, I haven’t slept much, but it’s time to entertain. There are people that came to the show; I love them and care about them. They work hard; they have jobs. Every time I go on, it’s like, ‘I’m going to play this show like it’s the last show I’ve ever played in my life, like it’s the last notes I’m ever going to have the opportunity to play.’ I want to honor my bandmates, the audience, and the universe.”

The bassist continued, revealing how he feels on stage:

“It’s a sacred time for me. So, when I get on stage, no matter what, I’ll give everything I can; I want to articulate all those feelings physically and honor the great entertainers that came before. I want to honor Frank Sinatra, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, the Xavier Cugat Orchestra, and John Coltrane. I think having that vision is a big part of why the Chili Peppers have managed to maintain it for so many years. For us, at least to ourselves, we still feel relevant and vibrant.”

Apparently, taking to the stage and being ‘Flea’ sometimes becomes a huge responsibility for the bassist because he knows fans have great expectations from him. However, he always tries to do his best and play shows like it’s his last to make the audience enjoy the show. According to Flea, that’s why RHCP is still relevant in today’s scene.