Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Praises Pete Townshend Who Inspired Him To Be A Rock Star

The bass guitarist from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has recently shared a post on his official Instagram profile, speaking highly of Pete Townshend from The Who for inspiring him to be in one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Flea mentioned seeing a The Who show at the Forum and his first time ever playing the bass guitar in his post.

Red Hot Chili Peppers were founded in the year 1983 and throughout their active years, the band had won six Grammy Awards. As one of the best-selling rock bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers had a number of singles that were number one on Billboard charts.

The band that inspired Flea to be one of the most successful rock bands was Britain’s one of the most listened rock bands in the 1960s and the 1970s. Moreover, the co-founder of The Who, Pete Townshend’s stage performances not only inspired Flea but also millions of rock listeners.

In various interviews, Flea admitted that his first instruments were trumpet and drums. He did not start playing bass until the age of 17. In his Instagram post, he writes about how he started playing bass after seeing Pete Townshend playing in The Who show.

Here is what Flea said in his post:

“I saw The Who perform a couple of years before I started playing bass and joined a rock band. I still just wanted to be a jazz trumpet player for my life but when I witnessed Pete Townshend channeling the great spirit and dancing wild rhythms around the Forum stage, I thought, ‘If I ever play in a rock band I wanna be like him.’ It’s all I’ve ever tried to do. Happy birthday to the transcendent Pete Townshend.”

Check out what Flea shared in his Instagram post.

Photo Credit: Flea – Instagram