Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) is an American bassist. He was born on October 16, 1962, in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. He plays in the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has been with the band since its beginning in 1983 along with vocalist Anthony Kiedis. He is also known onstage for wearing bizarre, erotic costumes that largely appeal to the audience.
Flea performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane Castle in Ireland on August 23, 2003.
|Birth name||Michael Peter Balzary|
|Born||October 16, 1962|
Burwood, Melbourne, Australia
|Genres||Funk rock, experimental rock, punk rock, alternative rock, hardcore punk, jazz-funk|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, Guitar, trumpet, piano, vocals|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records, EMI|
|Associated acts||Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rocketjuice and The Moon, Atoms for Peace, Fear, Jane's Addiction, John Frusciante, What Is This?, P, The Mars Volta, River Phoenix|
Flea is known for his unique bass style. He uses a wide range of bass guitar techniques, mainly popping and slapping and changing the speed of his tempo during songs and his quick improvisation. Flea is also a skilled trumpet player. Flea was the band member responsible for getting John Frusciante back into the band.
Flea is generally regarded by the public as the greatest rock bassist of all time, among similar artists such as Les Claypool and Victor Wooten.