Sammy Hagar Praises Flea’s Musical Background, ‘No Wonder You’re So Funky Deep And Funky’

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea shared a post on his official Instagram page revealing a farewell message to recently deceased pianist Freddie Redd, stating that he had a great influence over him and former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar shared a comment under Flea’s post stating that musical experiences Flea had as a young musician impress him all the time and possibly the reason why he’s so funky.

As you might know, famous jazz pianist and composer Freddie Redd passed away on March 17, at the age of 92, it was his grandson Leslie Clarke who announced the devastating news on her Facebook page, however, did not reveal the cause of Redd’s death.

After seeing the heartbreaking news, Flea shared a post on his official Instagram page sharing a farewell message to Freddie Redd by expressing his gratitude for his art in addition to revealing that Redd lived in Flea’s house when he was a little kid and he was inspired by his music as he was watching Redd practice in the house.

Here is what Flea said:

“Oh man, the great Freddie Redd has passed away. The man was a transcendent pianist and a major figure of the hard bop era. He lived at our house for a while when I was a kid, I was in love with him, in awe of him. I’d sit and watch him practice, transfixed. Listening to his album The Connection right now, his deep funky solos flying through my living room, working their magic as always. Fly on Freddie you live forever. Rest In Peace.”

After seeing Flea’s post, Sammy Hagar shared a comment stating that he’s impressed by Flea’s musical experience with other great musicians as a young person and stated that those unique experiences must be the reason why Flea is also ‘funky deep.’

Here is what Hagar said:

I love the musical things you experienced in your youth. so many cool music experiences in your book. No wonder you’re so funky deep and funky.”

You can see the Instagram post here.