“I feel like such an idiot”: Flea regrets his bass-smashing antics in Red Hot Chili Peppers’ earlier years

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Flea says he regrets destroying so many bass guitars in the ‘90s and ‘00s while playing with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The funk rock giants have always propelled their shows with energy and intensity, and – back in the day– that often came with the odd trashed stage. It’s a habit that led to the death of many of Flea's instruments, including ones that played a fairly large part in the band’s history. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.