Flea Says Red Hot Chili Peppers Looked Down On KISS And Guns N’ Roses

In a new conversation with Classic Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea looked back on when his band despised the hair-metal scene. According to the musician, RHCP was an arrogant band as they looked down on KISS and Guns N’ Roses, who were indeed great groups.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have rarely mentioned other artists that have influenced their sound during the band’s early days, such as the classics Aerosmith, KISS, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses. The band’s only member who opened up about his musical influences during a 1999 interview with Rhythm’s magazine was their drummer Chad Smith, and one of them was KISS.

As for GN’R, the Red Hot Chili Peppers members got close with the band later in their careers. Especially bassist Flea and guitarist Slash have a close friendship as they celebrate each other’s birthdays via social media posts every year. As a matter of fact, these two musicians grew up in the same neighborhood and went to junior high together.

Though they appear to have a few things in common, not every Red Hot Chili Peppers member particularly enjoyed bands like Aerosmith, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses getting recognition. If you ask Flea, he and his bandmates were arrogant about how they viewed the music industry and thought being rebellious towards the system was in their nature.

Now looking back, the RHCP bassist admitted being wrong about those opinions, which he referred to as ‘petty bullshit.’ According to him, almost all of those bands were incredibly good, whereas their midset was focused on being as hard and wild as they could be since they were the ‘street kids.’ The musician also praised GN’R in particular, saying that they were great.

Flea told the following in the new issue of Classic Rock:

“We were definitely against the hair-metal scene. We were like, ‘F*ck them. We’re the underground, art-rock, get-weird east side guys; those guys are just rehashing Aerosmith and KISS.’ In retrospect, it was all petty bullshit. A lot of those bands were f*cking great. Guns N’ Roses was a great band. There was a certain arrogance. A ‘F*ck the world, f*ck the system, f*ck the authority, f*ck the powers that be, we’re us, and we’re doing our thing our way, we’re street kids’ thing. We were going hard and being wild.”

It appears that Flea and Red Hot Chili Peppers experienced the need to be disobedient and defiant as a rock band to reflect their thoughts. It’s amusing for their fans to witness their mature statements regarding their younger selves, and these realizations show significant signs of improvement.