Flea Thinks Playing Skills Are More Important Than Setups For Bassists
Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea recently spoke about their upcoming tour and the changes in his bass equipment during a conversation with Guitar World.
Flea has been in RHCP since its formation in 1983, sticking with them through some lineup changes. With the band, he created eleven studio albums and currently awaiting to release of their twelfth album ‘Unlimited Love,’ which the band had been working for during the pandemic.
A recent change occurred within the band when John Frusciante returned to the band after quitting in 2009. Josh Klinghoffer replaced the guitarist, but the band eventually wanted him back. As a result, Klinghoffer was sent off from the band when Frusciante decided to return in 2019.
‘Unlimited Love’ will be the first album they release together after this departure from the band, and the fans couldn’t be more excited. Hence, Flea decided to mix it up and try new equipment for his bass system from his and Gallien-Krueger bass amps to Ampeg SVTs amplifiers. He liked this alternative and agreed that this is what he will be performing with on the upcoming tour as well.
Flea talked about this in a recent interview with Bass Player and said he is enjoying his new equipment. However, the bassist said setups and other technical aspects of instruments don’t matter because the primary importance of making music is about your heart and fingers. According to him, the essential thing about playing the bass is the immaterial factors.
During the interview, Flee stated:
“To be honest. I’ve always thought it doesn’t f*cking matter. You’re bringing your heart and your fingers, and that’s all that really matters, but I’ve been really enjoying the SVTs. They are the center and the character of the sound that I love.”
RHCP tour begins on June 4 in Seville, Spain, and is planned to end on September 25 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Seville tickets are already sold out, and the fans are having trouble finding more tickets for the other dates of the tour, which shows the immense attention they are paying to the band and its new album.