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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea – Stage Name Origins

Mary Ouellette,

Widely known as one of the greatest bass players in modern rock, Michael Peter Balzary is celebrated as “Flea” from Red Hot Chili Peppers. As one of the founding members of the band, along with vocalist Anthony Kiedis, Flea has manned the bass for RHCP since 1983.

With his unique style of spastic funk slapping and soothingly beautiful melodies and harmonies, Flea is one of the cornerstones of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ signature sound. The nickname of “Flea” was reportedly given to the bassist by Kiedis after a skiing trip, when the RHCP frontman noticed Flea’s jumpy and capricious style.

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