Rock music is dead, says Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea


Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea took the opportunity during an interview on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio to say that rock music is dead. He said that current rock music is nothing alike the old days.

While talking to Mike McCready, the Pearl Jam guitarist, Flea remembered the good days back in the ’90s when his band played with Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins.

He said that these days were an exciting moment for rock music and underlined that he recently looks “at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways. Nothing to take away from us because obviously I believe we’re relevant bands that come with a real energy.”


Flea also recalled the time before he joined the band. Everyone was telling him that he was a lunatic and would never get a decent job. But Flea said he was a loner even at school and he decided to follow his dream because this is what he wanted to do. And punk rock gave him a home.

Today things are entirely different, Flea said. Artists wanting to join rock bands get an image consultant, a manager and a lawyer. “It’s a great money-making opportunity,” he said.

The eleventh Red Hot Chili Peppers album “The Getaway” is expected to be released in June and will be produced by Danger Mouse.

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