Flea Goes Mad In Interview

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea snapped and hurled insults at a journalist during an interview on April 12.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea snapped and hurled insults at a journalist during an interview on April 12. The rocker lost his temper when the reporter repeatedly quizzed him about a reported rift with bandmate John Frusciante, reports ContactMusic.

Flea writes on his blog, "I was talking to this man and he kept asking me about (a past interview) where I said that there was a lot of tension between John and I on the last record. I answered the questions and tried to explain how sometimes things are hard but then they can get better. But he kept talking about the part that was hard and I thought he didn't care about the part that comes next, the liberation and rebirth that made it better than ever.

"I told him that I was getting angry about it, that it was accomplishing nothing. And that is strange because I never get angry in interviews. I get bored sometimes but never angry. Anyways I started getting angry and next thing I know I started yelling and seeing red and I threw my bottle against the wall and hurled insults at him and stormed out of the room.

"Then I calmed down and came back and we finished the interview but I was damn angry.

"I have never done that before. I think it is partly because I felt like a magazine article that came out recently only concentrated on the negative in the most shallow sensationalist way and that I was misquoted. I snapped and blew up and I am not proud of it."

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    cyclindan
    jimmcs2000 : Hell yeah Flea, Fuck the media and they're unending attempt at making people look bad, out of context to sell a story. Flea should not have apologized and instead kicked his ass just to make a point. Fuck the media!
    Oh please grow up. If the media are as u so eloquently put "an unending attempt to make people look bad" then why on earth was flea doing the interview in the first place? Surely not to (heaven forbid) use the media to promote the RHCP's and thus make more money? Don't get me wrong the interviewer was wrong to pursue an obviously unconfortable topic than was needed and fair game to flea for having the guts to admit what he did was wrong. This is not by any means a defence for the media, more as a distaste towards idiotic, unrationalized comments such as that. Anyone with a half once of logic could work out that its a two-way system which in the end comes good for all concerned (i.e: the band recieves publicity and the interviewer sells more magazines), so in future do us all a favour and keep your illogical liberalistic idealisms to your self. In fact I don't know why have even bothered wasting my time typing this... there's 10 minutes that I'll never get back. :< Enough said
    yarmarge
    Right on! Don't take any shit Flea! And while you're at it, check out Marge..She's a cougar in her own mind. www.yarmarge.com
    easy_target
    I love Flea. It's good that he apologised, even though it was okay, 'cause he had a right to get angry. He's the best
    SRX700
    Sounds pretty pissed. Good for him though, shouldn't take any shit from the media.
    intheblood
    I just finished reading the "flea goes mad in interview" article and I think that the title should be renmaed to "flea got mad in interview", thats it. He's not crazy as the title insinuates, he is human subject to human emotion. In fact the title of this article, based on what I read, made me kind of mad....so according to whoever titled the article I guess I am crazy too.....
    get-born
    juniorfr3ak wrote: ...ok that was interesting flea needs to keep his temper
    what the hell do you want him to? the guy pushed him to it...
    becker009
    i cant believe how much fuss this article has created. its a small, to the point informative, and people are arguing over whether flea has a temper, or whether this can be justified. omgz haha
    edvedfan1
    I would have liked to see this interview. Flea-way to go man. The reporter was trying to be cool. i would have reacted the same way.
    rockstar18
    Yeah!! go flea.Everyone has 2 lose there temper sometimes.U cant blame him 4 losin it, he was really pissin him off wit da questions he was askin over and over again
    EatsP1es
    flea...amazing he strikes me as the kind of guy who still takes his teddies to bed =P
    minimanson
    ahahahaha!! they should of recorded the sound for a wild thornberries episode. i still laugh thinking that he is the voice of donnie!!!
    rockgodgeorge
    bah...tabloids. Only thing they want is to bring out what sucks in some people. But the real thing is, they are the ones who really suck. Flea had every right to get pissed...maybe not go crazy but...hey, that's flea for ya...and the title of the piece doesn't help at all either. But it does bring a lot of attention I'll give it that.
    beau05
    old rockers kick ass, he's definitely not over-the-hill, but you can never hide a receding hairline
    roo6339
    i just gained a lot of respect for him. it's not good to lose your temper, but they way he handled it afterwards is great. Onya flea!
    Twist of Cain
    juniorfr3ak wrote: ...ok that was interesting flea needs to keep his temper
    what temper dude, the interviewer was being a kcid and flea got pist because of the interviewer, didnt u read it?
    mercedesisbenz
    thefinalcut wrote: On the flip side of this, it's annoying when artists make jokes/sarcastic remarks THE WHOLE INTERVIEW. I mean WTF does that establish besides supposedly making someone "funny" and "interesting"? It's annoying for the same reason as this, no information interesting to the fans is given out!
    It basically means the reporter sucks, and that he isn't asking the right questions, or isnt following up enough to get the information he really wants.
    Profound
    He had reason....lets say you and your buds are all perfectly happy living great lives new CD coming out all is good....Remember when you and John hated each other? you were gonna quit the band? John was treating you bad? thats sucks cause I know when someone brings up something my friends did to me years ago i still get mad so wtf.
    thefinalcut
    On the flip side of this, it's annoying when artists make jokes/sarcastic remarks THE WHOLE INTERVIEW. I mean WTF does that establish besides supposedly making someone "funny" and "interesting"? It's annoying for the same reason as this, no information interesting to the fans is given out! Also WTF is with the guys several comments above me? Virtually EVERYONE HERE AGREED that Flea was mature, and that his apology was the right thing. You're making EXACT SAME POINT and trying to make it seem like you're in disagreement. What the hell?
    rockgodgeorge
    funky_punk wrote: cyclindan wrote: jimmcs2000 : Hell yeah Flea, Fuck the media and they're unending attempt at making people look bad, out of context to sell a story. Flea should not have apologized and instead kicked his ass just to make a point. Fuck the media! Oh please grow up. If the media are as u so eloquently put "an unending attempt to make people look bad" then why on earth was flea doing the interview in the first place? Surely not to (heaven forbid) use the media to promote the RHCP's and thus make more money? Don't get me wrong the interviewer was wrong to pursue an obviously unconfortable topic than was needed and fair game to flea for having the guts to admit what he did was wrong. This is not by any means a defence for the media, more as a distaste towards idiotic, unrationalized comments such as that. Anyone with a half once of logic could work out that its a two-way system which in the end comes good for all concerned (i.e: the band recieves publicity and the interviewer sells more magazines), so in future do us all a favour and keep your illogical liberalistic idealisms to your self. In fact I don't know why have even bothered wasting my time typing this... there's 10 minutes that I'll never get back. :< Enough said im thinking, journalist in disguise?????
    Im thinking the exact same thing
    595Metallica595
    if I had problems with a fellow band member and i had someone pressing me on the problems, i would have SKINNED HIS SORRY ASS!!! if you have ever been interviewed by someone like that im sure you wanted to beat the hell out of them, way to go flea
    Brandon_19929
    hahah nice Flea. I would probally do the same, all those media ****heads, they piss me off
    funky_punk
    cyclindan wrote: jimmcs2000 : Hell yeah Flea, Fuck the media and they're unending attempt at making people look bad, out of context to sell a story. Flea should not have apologized and instead kicked his ass just to make a point. Fuck the media! Oh please grow up. If the media are as u so eloquently put "an unending attempt to make people look bad" then why on earth was flea doing the interview in the first place? Surely not to (heaven forbid) use the media to promote the RHCP's and thus make more money? Don't get me wrong the interviewer was wrong to pursue an obviously unconfortable topic than was needed and fair game to flea for having the guts to admit what he did was wrong. This is not by any means a defence for the media, more as a distaste towards idiotic, unrationalized comments such as that. Anyone with a half once of logic could work out that its a two-way system which in the end comes good for all concerned (i.e: the band recieves publicity and the interviewer sells more magazines), so in future do us all a favour and keep your illogical liberalistic idealisms to your self. In fact I don't know why have even bothered wasting my time typing this... there's 10 minutes that I'll never get back. :< Enough said
    im thinking, journalist in disguise?????
    richard_edwards
    go flea its about time someone got mad at those nosey buggers and i that is a really bad picture. hes bald now!
    Spydr
    Rodders : Good for you to admit you were in the wrong Flea.....
    I agree, I respect that.
    nirvanepperoo
    flea is awesome. even though he comes off as this hyperactive chili pepper, hes such a gentlemen. go flea!
    splice
    none of yall think that picture of flea resembles richard simmons?
    aero-all
    i know nothing about flea.. but not hearing about some one snapping in a interview is pretty cool in my book..
    tormentedbyu
    omg i ****ing hate flea! ...ok... i dont... i just wanted to b different... ;-; but yeah... seems like the reporter deserved that and more... ~.~
    f1sk
    well at least he can recognize it say that he made a mistake, instead of doing nothing and just lying low or not caring rock on flea
    where_am_i?
    dude do u actuali watch jonathon ross? lol yer i herd they were gr8. flea is such a legend! did ne1 no that he plays the trumpet? he played it 4 nirvana in sum concert apparently. go flea! that interviewer got wat he deserved! LEGEND!
    MoshMaster101
    Anyone see them on Jonathon Ross? F*cking terrific. Can't wait to see him freak out (in a good way) in person come July.